Duane Morris LLP
100 Crescent Court, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: +1 214 257 7200
Fax: +1 214 257 7201
Duane Morris opened its office in Dallas to further align its domestic operations with the robust high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. Duane Morris, which has been increasing its focus and investment in Texas for more than two decades, now has a critical mass of legal talent and a footprint in key markets, including Houston and Austin, to support its broad client base with high quality and cost-efficient legal services.
Duane Morris’ Corporate, Trial and IP practice groups represent a large client base in Texas, and its interdisciplinary, industry-sector approach to legal services enables it to deliver additional value to clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 firms, whether they operate in the high tech, financial, energy, transportation or healthcare industries.
As one of the most diverse regional economies in the nation, Dallas offers a thriving commercial environment. With more than 65,000 businesses located in the metropolitan region, the city serves as headquarters to more than 20 Fortune 500 firms. Duane Morris understands the business and legal challenges faced by clients doing business Texas, throughout the United States and around the world, and continues to enhance the firm’s exceptional client service.
Complex Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyers in Duane Morris’ Trial Practice Group represent clients in all types of complex commercial litigation, from inception through trial and appeal. Duane Morris litigators are experienced in an array of areas, including securities, antitrust, intellectual property, environmental and real estate disputes. Members of the Trial Practice Group work closely with the firm's corporate and bankruptcy lawyers and often represent financial institutions. The firm's attorneys have represented numerous international and national manufacturers in all forms of products liability and toxic tort litigation, including defense of product class actions, serving as national coordinating counsel, lead counsel, regional counsel or local counsel. Duane Morris also represents both individuals and corporations facing federal and state allegations of criminal conduct, including fraud, environmental crimes, securities violations, RICO violations, trade espionage and a variety of business-related offenses. In addition to representing clients in U.S. forums and before international tribunals, the firm also provides counsel on settling disputes without conventional litigation by using alternative dispute resolution and advises on methods to anticipate and avoid litigation.
Internal and Government Investigations
Duane Morris attorneys have extensive experience working with public and private corporations in both proactive and defensive internal investigations. Corporations may choose to proactively initiate an internal investigation in order to help ensure regulatory compliance and thereby avoid any sanctionable conduct. In these cases, Duane Morris attorneys work with corporations to define the parameters, conduct the investigations and identify how much information to voluntarily disclose to government agencies. In instances where a corporation is being faced with charges of wrong doing by government agencies, the firm's attorneys work with the company and boards of directors to help ensure subpoena and search warrant compliance, as well as prepare appropriate responses to civil investigative demands and represent clients at trial should criminal charges be filed.
Duane Morris has represented companies in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and insurance industries in matters concerning antitrust; price fixing; civil tax liabilities; violations of agency rules and regulations; shareholder derivative actions; employment practices; theft and misuse of corporate funds; insurance fraud; bribery; environmental impact and contracts issues.
White-Collar Criminal Litigation
Duane Morris counsels both individuals and corporations facing federal and state allegations of criminal conduct. The firm's lawyers advise clients accused of Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse, environmental crimes, securities violations, criminal tax fraud, fraud in government procurement, RICO violations, trade espionage and a variety of business-related offenses. Duane Morris attorneys also have extensive experience leading internal investigations.
In one of the most regulated industries in the United States, Duane Morris' healthcare attorneys provide innovative solutions to assist healthcare providers in protecting their assets and increasing their overall profitability while remaining compliant with federal and state laws and regulations. The firm's healthcare clients benefit from one of the most experienced healthcare practice groups in the country. Duane Morris advises a wide range of healthcare organizations, hospitals and clinical professionals in regulatory and corporate matters, contract and commercial litigation, labor and employment, real estate, compliance, managed care, credentialing, reimbursement and taxation issues. Duane Morris attorneys have extensive experience with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Stark and Anti-Kickback regulations and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as with staying abreast of the homeland security issues that face the healthcare industry today. When the uncertainty that characterizes the healthcare system spills over into legal disputes, Duane Morris lawyers represent clients in courts, arbitration and mediation sessions and administrative proceedings.
Members of the Corporate Practice Group advise clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, corporate finance, corporate compliance, corporate governance and taxation. Our attorneys have experience in negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, and defense against takeover attempts. The firm has experience with venture capital and private equity transactions, and works with many clients in developing and implementing creative strategies to accomplish their corporate finance and acquisition objectives.
Duane Morris’ presence in Dallas, Houston, Austin and other major U.S. markets, along with our international network, enables our lawyers to provide the level of experience and fully integrated coverage needed in both domestic and cross-border transactions. We represent clients in a wide range of securities matters, including public offerings of debt or equity securities, as well as private offerings ranging from startup financings and bridge offerings prior to initial public offerings to major placements of private limited partnerships or limited liability companies. The firm’s attorneys represent clients in a myriad of securities offerings and regularly advise public companies on compliance with ongoing reporting obligations and other securities laws, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.
Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation
Duane Morris’ intellectual property (IP) lawyers recognize the importance of clients’ intellectual capital to the success of their businesses and understand how to uphold IP rights to increase opportunities for clients to enhance market share. Members of the firm’s IP practice have played pivotal roles in the development of IP law and their ranks include highly trained patent attorneys with backgrounds in biosciences, materials, chemicals, polymers, electronics and telecommunications. Their experience includes trademarks and copyrights, patents, licensing agreements and brand protection, domestic and international.
Duane Morris lawyers have substantial experience across the U.S. in all areas of IP litigation, including jury trial experience on behalf of IP owners and accused infringers in patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret cases. The firm’s IP attorneys have also represented clients in mediation, arbitration, inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and before appellate courts concerning IP matters.
Technology, Media and Telecom
With the pace of change of both technology and its marketplaces always far ahead of the legal and regulatory environment in which they operate, counsel that is both experienced and informed is vital. Duane Morris has a dedicated group of tech attorneys with vast, industry-specific experience who utilize an interdisciplinary approach to the financial, transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution issues affecting clients in the technology, media and telecom space.
At Duane Morris, our goal is to address these unusually complex matters in an integrated and strategic manner, knowing that technology businesses hire Am Law 100 firms for their leveraged value-added and superior resources, which only a sophisticated few national and international law firms can offer. Fortune 50 and 500 corporations, internet content providers, e-commerce firms, hardware and device manufacturers, technology startups, enterprise software and IT customers, emerging growth companies and venture capital fund managers all regularly look to Duane Morris attorneys for our best-of-breed technical knowledge and legal judgment.
Energy and Natural Resources
Duane Morris’ energy lawyers include leading practitioners who have been involved in the field for decades, including former in-house lawyers for leading global and national energy companies, leaders of energy industry trade groups and former regulatory officials. Their experience spans every sector of the energy industry, including domestic and international drilling, oil and gas, pipelines and refineries, and power and renewables. We have a keen understanding of both the commercial and the legal aspects of each matter we handle, enabling us to provide solutions and creative approaches others might not see. Our clients include major international oil and gas companies, power companies, consumers, lenders, investors and governments. Our energy attorneys regularly counsel clients on domestic and cross-border transactions, litigation, regulatory matters, project development, facility construction, financing and government relations and policy matters.