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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Houston, New York Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Robert C. Alden was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Robert C. Alden

Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities
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Barry C. Barnett was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Barry C. Barnett

Susman Godfrey LLP
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas New York, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Marshall, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Securities Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Commercial Litigation Water Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Construction Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Beaumont, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Energy Law Commercial Litigation Project Finance Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Real Estate Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Texarkana, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law International Arbitration - Commercial Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Mediation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Plano, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Commercial Litigation IT Outsourcing Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration - Governmental International Arbitration - Commercial Commercial Litigation Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Texarkana, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate
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C. Thomas Kruse was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

C. Thomas Kruse

Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Securities Regulation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Banking and Finance Derivatives and Futures Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration - Commercial Commercial Litigation International Arbitration - Governmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Beaumont, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Transportation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Aviation Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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C. Michael Moore was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

C. Michael Moore

DLA Piper LLP
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Amarillo, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Galveston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Beaumont, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property

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Practice Area Definition

Commercial Litigation Definition

General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.
General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.