Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
*Not admitted to practice law.
Litigation attorney Steven Lockhart represents financial institutions in disputes, including bank fraud and regulatory investigations, in local, state and federal venues. Working with traditional banks, as well as non-traditional lending companies, Steven develops internal policies, procedures and controls, advises on risk management issues, assits with bank regulatory compliance, and leads a team which handles litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings.
Clients hire Steven as their financial lawyer for an immediate problem in one jurisdiction and rehire him as their companies grow and issues expand across the United States. He is known for designing financially smart, common sense business solutions that are tailored to his clients’ issues and objectives and helping them meet financial regulatory compliance guidlines. Steven is preemptive in working with clients to avoid problems and, because he has a deep understanding of their businesses, industry and changes in the regulatory environment, he is a sought-after advisor to senior executives and the legal department.
His experience includes representing financial institutions in a variety of regulatory matters involving local municipalities, state governing bodies and federal agencies, such as the Texas Office of the Consumer Credit Commissioner, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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