Founded in 1979, our Austin office has strong, long-standing ties to the State Capitol. It is home to our dynamic Texas public policy group, which handles lobbying, legislative counseling, and other legislative matters for a multitude of clients. Its other key practices include legislative and administrative policy, commercial disputes, intellectual property litigation, financial services litigation, environmental, and immigration.
Austin’s litigation group represents local, regional, national, and multinational clients in a wide variety of complex commercial, immigration, and intellectual property litigation matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts. Its lawyers have extensive experience with business disputes; bankruptcies; product liability; patent, trademark and copyright infringements; corporate and investment-based immigration matters; class and mass action lawsuits; director and officer liability; shareholder and securities issues; employment matters; construction matters; and government and self-regulatory organization investigations.
The Austin office is the center of the firm’s internationally recognized practice in U.S. immigration law. The immigration team focuses on the needs of its clients, including global businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and cutting-edge technology and emerging growth companies. They serve clients throughout the United States with work visas, green cards, and citizenship applications, as well as immigration compliance and resolution of complex immigration matters at the agency, court, and policy level. The team works in tandem with lawyers in labor and employment, corporate, tax, estate planning, litigation, and other areas as appropriate to develop high-quality immigration solutions for our clients.
Our Austin-based environmental practitioners have decades of experience advising clients on regulatory compliance and rulemaking, strategic permitting, litigation, legislative matters, corporate crises, civil enforcement, water rights, and business transactions. Our lawyers help clients to resolve all manner of issues, from criminal investigations to contaminated site remediation, under every major environmental statute and regulatory program. The environmental group also has strong relationships with federal and state regulatory authorities including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Additionally, Austin’s corporate practice maintains a strong focus on investment fund formation, as well as private equity partnerships and joint ventures. Our experience ranges from representing small start-ups to multibillion-dollar entities and includes advising clients on the provision of investment advice, securities, and other regulatory matters.