Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is an Am Law 200 firm and one of the
Southwest's largest full-service law firms, serving clients from
three of the largest cities in Texas, as well as Colorado and
Mexico, and covering more than 40 different areas of practice.
Founded in Dallas in 1909, Gardere has steadily built a regional
presence based out of Texas. In 1993, the firm expanded into
Houston and in 1995, it merged with Houston law firm Sewell &
Riggs, strengthening the firm's energy and litigation practices. In
2002, Gardere added an office in Texas' capital city; the Austin
office has an influential lobbying arm that provides legislative
and regulatory services to firm clients.
Gardere is also a bona fide Tex-Mex outfit. The firm opened a
small office in Mexico City in 1992 with the goal of providing a
strategic solution to accommodate the needs of its clients
investing in, and operating businesses on, both sides of the border
and throughout Mexico and Latin America. In 1996, Gardere further
expanded its Mexico and Latin America presence when it partnered
with Mexican firm Arena y Asociados, S.C. Then in 2014, Gardere
brought the Mexico City operations completely into the fold as a
wholly owned subsidiary, Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C.
In January 2016, the Gardere expanded again by opening its
newest office in Denver, allowing the firm to further strengthen
its service to clients.
Hall of Fame
Gardere is also well respected for its pro bono and community
work. The firm has been named pro bono law firm of the year several
times by the Dallas Bar Association and is enshrined in the
association's Pro Bono Hall of Fame. Beneficiaries of Gardere's pro
bono work include the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, I Have a
Dream Foundation and the Youth for Tomorrow Foundation. Gardere's
associates receive billable hour credit for up to 100 hours of
pro-bono hours worked at the firm.
One of the firm's most notable and high profile commitments is
the annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which the firm has
run since 1993. Presented in the spirit of learning and
celebration, the program was designed to extol the work and
teachings of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and highlight the cultural diversity of the community, while
recognizing and encouraging the writing and presentation skills of
elementary school students. All finalists receive monetary gifts of
varying amounts and other prizes, and each participating school
receives a book on civil rights for their libraries.
Energy and More
Gardere has earned a strong reputation in litigation, corporate
law and tax. And, not surprisingly for a top Texas firm, Gardere
has a strong energy practice. Several partners of the firm have
landed on the "Who's Who in Energy" list compiled by business
journals in several cities, including Dallas, Denver, Houston,
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Antonio. The
firm also has a flourishing private equity practice underpinned by
a strategically-focused interdisciplinary team of attorneys.
In 2013, Gardere restructured its leadership team from a five
member management committee to the now 11 member board of
directors. The firm also named Holland O'Neil, a bankruptcy and
restructuring partner, as the chair of that board, becoming one of
only a handful of BigLaw firms to be led by a woman. In 2014,
O'Neil was named one of five "Women at the Pinnacle of the Legal
Profession" by the Association of Women Attorneys.