Yetter Coleman LLP

Formidable Texan litigation boutique firm Yetter Coleman is adept at achieving complete reversals, no-payment judgments and hefty settlements on million-dollar claims.It's no wonder that Fortune 10 and similarly high-profile corporations such as IBM, General Electric, American Airlines, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, CenterPoint and Bic Pen Corp. entrust the firm with their high-stakes litigation needs.

Litigation + Appellate = Yetter Coleman

Yetter Coleman was born in Houston in 1997 as Yetter Warden LLP, named after its founding partners Paul Yetter and David Warden. Yetter and Warden were former Baker Botts partners, and three years later yet another BigLaw alum, Greg Coleman from Weil, Gotshal, joined the firm in 2007; accompanying him was a troupe of appellate lawyers from Austin, which allowed the firm to extend its presence to a second Texan location. The firm changed its name in 2010 to echo its combined prowess.

In no time, Yetter Coleman rose to the ranks of the top litigation boutiques in the country, being named American Lawyer's Litigation Boutique of the Year twice, in 2005 and 2009 and making lists like the National Law Journal's ten-firm"2012 Litigation Boutique Hot List" and "2010 Appellate Hot List," Chambers USA's2011 Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America 2013 in areas of appellate, antitrust, business, IP litigation and securities. Today, Yetter Coleman remains a small yet strong litigation boutique, with specialties in appellate, governmental, technology, complex commercial, energy and IP litigation, and it is one of the few boutiques located outside of Washington DC to have Supreme Court Practice.

Airlines, Software, Oil Spills, and Big Banks

Name partners Yetter and Coleman set a decisive tone for the firm in the 2005 Supreme Court case Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Saudi Basic Industries Corp. by upholding a $417 million judgment on behalf of client ExxonMobil against appeal by previous defendant Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC). Yetter Coleman continued its winning streak and specialized in high-profile antitrust suits. The firm represented American Airlines as lead trial counsel in its $1 billion in damages antitrust claim against Sabre, the biggest Global Distribution System in the world. AA alleged that Sabre manipulated travelers' booking technologies to malign the flight provider. Yetter Coleman helped AA reach a settlement with Sabre, which was also had cases filed against it by Orbitz and Travelport. Yetter Coleman found itself on the other side of the antitrust suit during its 2011 defense of IBM against Neon, which alleged the tech giant was using unfair competition practices in the software market.

But the firm doesn't always represent big companies; it has a history of sticking it to them, too. Yetter Coleman represented British Petroleum shareholders, primarily New York and Ohio state pension funds, that had lost $200 million to the oil company in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. In 2011, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas appointed Yetter Coleman co-lead counsel in a multi-district litigation suit against Wachovia Mortgage Corp. and Wells Fargo Bank concerning employee overtime compensation claims specifically on the basis of the firm's complex litigation experience.

In the Interest of Texas

Yetter Coleman won the title of Pro Bono Hero for taking on the Texas Department of Public Safety for undocumented immigrants in a driver's license case. Other mantles Yetter Coleman has taken up include improvement of the Texas foster care system and representation of Occupy Austin protesters challenging the city's congregation ban.  

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Yetter Coleman LLP


Two Houston Center
909 Fannin ~ Suite 3600
Houston, TX
Phone: 713.632.8000
Fax: 713.632.8002
www.yettercoleman.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Paul Yetter
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 30

  • Employment Contact

    Jim Zucker
    Co-Head of Hiring
    Phone: (713) 632-8000
    Email:  jzucker@yettercoleman.com


  • Base Salary

    Summer associate: $3,000/week


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust
    Appellate
    Complex Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
    Governmental and Constitutional Law
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Securities Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX (HQ)
  • Austin, TX

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