Michael A. Dominguez

Michael A. Dominguez is a graduate of the South Texas College Of Law. Admitted to practice in the State of Texas.

Michael A. Dominguez is a Business Immigration Attorney committed to providing individualized and personalized immigration services to both businesses and families. Mr. Dominguez has over ten years of experience in the immigration field, working with two of the largest immigration firms in the nation.  During this time, he worked in the field of business immigration law primarily representing large, medium and small companies in the energy sector.

Mr. Dominguez has also helped foreign investors open new offices in the United States and obtain investor visas as well. He has worked with Fortune 100 companies and families. His practice encompasses nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, labor certification, citizenship and the immigration implications relative to corporate restructuring. He has managed large-volume, nonimmigrant visa petition filings and has drafted appeals regarding immigration related legal issues for corporate clients. As well as helping individuals find solution for permanent residency and naturalization.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

The Houston law firm Gonzalez Olivieri LLC is a leading Texas immigration law firm. Immigration is not just a practice area for us, it is all we do. Led by founder and senior attorney Raed Gonzalez, JD, LLM, the firm, associates and staff bring more than 18 years of legal experience and expertise to your unique immigration case. Raed Gonzalez is a nationally recognized litigation attorney with published precedential decisions with the US Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The firm practices removal defense, family-based immigration, litigation and appeals, naturalization and U.S. citizenship claims, as well as representing corporate America with all types of nonimmigrant visas including H1B, H2B, L1, E, TN, O, P, foreign professionals, multinational managers, athletes and individuals with extraordinary abilities. Our knowledge of international legal, regulatory and policy issues allows us to provide our clients with strategic advice and effective and efficient immigration solutions to assist them in achieving and maintaining a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Bradley Smith ATP, CMAA

For over 15 years I have held a number of significant executive positions including founding Lone Star Scooters, which offered medical equipment and franchise opportunities across the country, Lone Star Bio Medical, a diversified DME, pharmacy and home health care company, and BMS Consulting, where I have provided strategic analysis and M+A intermediary services to executives in the healthcare industry. In addition, I am a regular columnist for HomeCare magazine, where I focus on healthcare marketplace trends and innovative business strategies for the principals of healthcare companies. At Vertess I am a Managing Director and Partner with considerable expertise in DME, urgent care, home health care, hospice, pharmacy, medical devices, and related healthcare verticals.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Vertess is an international healthcare consulting and merger/acquisition firm. The executives of healthcare and human service companies seek our advice and guidance in completing successful transactions. We also provide professional consultation to entities that want to increase their value prior to a transaction or are seeking assistance with developing and implementing a strategic plan of action, including nonprofit organizations.

We have over 100 years of collective executive healthcare leadership and merger/acquisition experience represented on our team with demonstrated results in diverse areas of healthcare – ranging from behavioral health, substance abuse and intellectual/developmental disability services to medical equipment, home health/hospice and urgent care centers. Each of our Managing Directors has launched, built and successfully exited their own healthcare companies, giving us a unique and valuable perspective on our marketplace.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is the firm’s senior energy lawyer. Scott represents land owners in negotiations involving oil and gas leases, uranium mining leases, wind leases and easements, seismic permitting and option agreements, pipeline easements and conveyances involving mineral and wind rights.

He also represents oil and gas exploration and production companies, oil and gas marketers and pipeline companies, and independent geologists, geophysicists and engineers in transactions involving domestic and international oil and gas exploration joint ventures, oil and gas production sales and acquisitions, operating agreements, joint seismic acquisition agreements, oil and gas marketing agreements, consulting agreements and all aspects of negotiations with land and mineral owners.

In addition, Scott represents clients in regulatory matters involving oil and gas exploration and production activities.

The Oil & Gas Law Practice:

Our energy lawyers advise upstream and midstream oil and gas exploration and production companies in negotiations and disputes with landowners, and in state and federal regulatory matters. We also assist these companies in negotiating the terms of domestic and international exploration and production agreements, including:

  • Operating agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Farmout agreements
  • Seismic acquisition agreements
  • Hydrocarbon purchase and sale agreements

Landowner Representation

The energy attorneys at Branscomb|PC represent landowners in negotiating the terms of seismic permits, option agreements, oil and gas leases, easements, and surface and subsurface use agreements, as well as in uranium leasing transactions. Our energy lawyers also assist landowners in resolving disputes involving operators’ improper use of the land and other breaches of their contracts with landowners. As part of our full range of services, our energy attorneys also prepare drill site and division order title opinions, as well as title curative instruments whenever title defects are discovered.

Oil and Gas Acquisition and Divestitures

Our energy attorneys have extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in sales of producing oil and gas properties, from simple, single-well sales to complex, tax-planned transactions and leveraged purchases. We also represent our clients in fee mineral and royalty transactions.

Wind Energy Transactions

The Oil & Gas lawyers in Branscomb|PC’s Energy Group represent landowners in all aspects of wind lease transactions, including wind studies, utility easements, location of facilities, and the commercial terms of the wind lease or wind easement. We also assist clients in developing small-scale community wind projects, and in transactions involving the purchase and sale of wind rights.

 

David P. Hassler

Mr. Hassler, practices in the ScottHulse Estate Planning, Probate & Asset Protection practice group. He advises high and mid-net worth individuals and families in estate planning, transfer taxation, asset protection and closely held and family business matters, including charitable, deferred and leveraged giving.

Recognized as one of the leading attorneys in his field, David has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) since 1998. He has also been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2003 and a Texas Monthly Magazine Texas Super Lawyer – since 2004. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning & Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specializaion.

David assists high-net-worth individuals with the creation of complex multi-generational wealth transfer estate and wealth preservation plans that implement multiple techniques available to estate planning practitioners. David helps these clients to develop comprehensive, custom plans that go beyond the basic exemption equivalent (or credit shelter) or bypass trust and marital deduction trust planning that is the foundation for any estate plan. These plans also include, when appropriate, full utilization of an individual’s exemptions from the generation-skipping transfer tax with a view towards creating true “dynasty trusts” that extend for multiple generations, if not into perpetuity.

Probate and estate and trust administration are other significant aspects of David’s practice. He advises individual and corporate fiduciaries regarding administration and taxation issues affecting trusts, estates and family owned businesses.

As part of the probate process, David prepares United States Estate Tax Returns (Forms 706) and advises accountants for his clients regarding such returns. David has handled the IRS audit or examination of several Forms 706 over his career, working in opposition to IRS regional Estate Tax Attorneys to resolve valuation and other complex issues raised by IRS upon examination of Forms 706. He has prepared Form 706-NA and Form 706-QDT for the estates of non US citizens, non US resident decedents with substantial assets in the US, and has obtained both partial interim and final IRS Transfer Certificates for purposes of freeing assets of such clients from the IRS estate tax lien.

David is a member of Taxation, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law, and Corporation, Banking and Business Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, and served as a member of the Council of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section from 2007-2011. As a member of the Council, he has participated in the process of preparing the Section’s legislative package of probate, trust and tax laws for consideration by the Texas legislature. REPTL is the largest section within the State Bar with more than 8,800 members.

The State Bar of Texas (SBT) has called on David to speak and chair various advanced courses for estate planning and probate practitioners and serve on course planning committees. He has served on the speaking faculties of the SBT’s Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course and the Estate Planning and Probate Advanced Drafting Course. He served as Course Director for the SBT’s 2002 Estate Planning and Probate Advanced Drafting Course.

David is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Membership in ACTEC is by invitation and is only extended to lawyers who have made significant contributions to the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law field through teaching, lecturing, and writing. ACTEC is considered the preeminent organization of estate planning lawyers.

David has the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of AV Preeminent. An AV Preeminent peer rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

Locally, David served as the Course Director for the annual University of Texas at El Paso Estate Planning Conference for Women from 1991 to 2016. In this capacity, he recruited speakers from among El Paso’s estate planning professional groups, including attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, trust officers, and insurance practitioners, and designed a five-week course with a special emphasis on the needs of women and their families.

David has been active in a number of civic and charitable organizations in the El Paso community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association Foundation. He is a past President of the Board of Directors of the El Paso Division of the American Heart Association, and a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas State Affiliate of the American Heart Association. David is a past participant in Leadership El Paso, and has served on the boards of directors of El Paso Young Life, the Yucca Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Texas Tech University Alumni Association, the Texas Tech Law School Alumni Association, the Texas Tech Foundation, Inc. in Lubbock, Texas, the Providence Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Coronado High School Band Booster Association. He has also taught Engineering Law courses at the University of Texas at El Paso.

David is an active member of Coronado Baptist Church. He and his wife Rosane, a retired educator, have three children: Jeffrey, Bryan, and Katie, and nine grandchildren.

Bruce A. Koehler

Mr. Koehler’s practice includes all aspects of employment law and commercial litigation. His daily practice involves employment litigation, including ADEA, Title VII, ADA, workers’ compensation retaliatory discharge, employment contracts and wage suits and commercial litigation. His trial experience in this area includes lead counsel in litigation of discrimination, retaliation, breach of employment contract and FLSA cases. He has also served as lead counsel in trials in deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, environmental and personal injury cases.

Mr. Koehler routinely handles charges filed with EEOC and Wage & Hour Division and the Department of Labor. He has also handled a variety of OSHA matters, including contests of OSHA citations. He is very experienced in a variety of labor law matters, including collective bargaining agreement negotiations and union campaign defense.

The Employment Law Practice:

Our firm maintains one of the most well-known, recognized, and respected labor and employment practices in West Texas. We provide counseling and litigation expertise to management in the expanding areas of labor and employment law, including labor relations and litigation. Attorneys Mark D. Dore and Bruce A. Koehler are board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Our employment lawyers advise clients on a variety of workplace issues, including employment-related claims (such as wrongful termination, defamation, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring or retention); workplace issues (such as personnel policies, non-competition agreements, independent contractors, drug testing, and OSHA compliance); and union-related issues (such as collective bargaining, arbitration, union negotiations, and unfair labor practices). We also advise clients regarding employee benefit plans, including plan design and interpretation, and related filings with the IRS, SEC and Labor Department.

Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan:

Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan is a full-service law firm located in El Paso, Texas, handling legal matters throughout this international crossroads of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The Firm has demonstrated a depth and breadth of experience and bench strength by representing some of the nation’s largest companies for decades, and litigating with and against some of the world’s largest law firms. Along with a robust litigation practice, we pledge and maintain the highest degree of flexibility and personal service any client would want from their counsel and law firm.

Experience, service and results are the pillars of success at Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C. We take great pride in working with our clients to resolve their difficult and complicated cases. Our business is understanding your business.

Michael L. Burnett

Michael L. Burnett focuses his practice primarily on construction litigation and all aspects of construction law, with a concentration on the representation of owners, general contractors, subcontractors and others in the construction industry.

He assists clients through all stages of construction projects, including preparing and negotiating construction contracts, advising owners and contractors during the project so as to avoid and resolve disputes during projects, and litigating disputes subsequent to project completion. Michael has tried lawsuits to verdict in state and federal courts, both in Texas and outside of the state. In addition, he has tried a number of domestic and international arbitrations.

The Construction Law Practice:

Greenberg Traurig’s Construction Law Practice assists clients from the initial conception and delivery planning of a construction project, through procurement and bidding, in the negotiation and drafting of contracts, throughout construction, to project close-out and the resolution of disputes. Our experience is rooted in a diverse client base, which includes developers, public and private owners, designers and consultants, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, insurance companies, and lenders. Our lawyers are recognized locally and nationally as leaders in the area of construction law and the majority of our construction lawyers practice only construction law, either transactional or arbitration and litigation.

We believe that GT’s construction transactional practice makes us better litigators, our construction litigation practice makes us better transactional lawyers, and our combined practices give us unique insights that distinguish us from other firms. Supported by the multidisciplinary resources of one of the country’s largest law firms, GT applies its deep knowledge and experience to effectively address all of the issues that commonly arise on construction projects.

Greenberg Traurig:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100.

Tatiana Alexander

Tatiana Alexander has more than 15 years’ experience in the consumer financial services industry, representing financial institutions and loan servicers in wide a range of cases concerning secured and unsecured debts, including mortgage, auto, equipment and credit finance.

She has handled cases defending clients against claims of violation of state and federal consumer laws including, but not limited to, the Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices Act (UDAAP), and regulations established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Tatiana’s practice also includes representing lenders and servicers in consumer bankruptcy actions; and defending against wrongful foreclosure claims, breach of contract claims, title actions, and various tort-related claims.

Tatiana has also served as in-house counsel where she assisted business units in resolving pre-litigation matters and managed outside counsel on litigation concerning various mortgage products. Tatiana advised business units on compliance with state and federal lending and servicing laws, and worked with state and federal agencies in responding to governmental and regulatory investigations and resolving consumer complaints.

As a law student, Tatiana served as a clerk for the Federal Trade Commission and later earned a Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and Master of Laws degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Tatiana is licensed to practice law in the district and bankruptcy courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Tatiana is a Barrister of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court and currently serves as Chair of the African American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Firm Overview:

McGuireWoods is a full-service firm providing legal and public affairs solutions to corporate, individual and nonprofit clients worldwide for more than 200 years collectively. Our commitment to excellence in everything we do gives our clients a competitive edge in everything they do.

Our law firm, over its 184-year history, has earned the loyalty of our many longstanding clients with deep understanding of their businesses, and broad skills in corporate transactions, high-stakes disputes, and complex regulatory and compliance matters. Our wholly-owned affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting, now in its 20th year, provides a unique — and uniquely potent — combination of state and federal government relations prowess, buttressed by world-class infrastructure, economic development, and advocacy expertise.

Working together from 27 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting share a dedication to diverse perspectives, impeccable service, and innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions.

It all adds up to excellence . . . for our clients.

Nicole Figueroa

Nicole Figueroa represents clients in complex commercial litigation, investigations, and regulatory proceedings throughout the United States. Her practice frequently involves the defense of public accounting firms and professionals in a broad range of matters, including federal and state civil litigation, and investigations and regulatory proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and state regulators. In addition, Nicole also regularly advises clients in connection with a variety of risk and compliance matters, including matters involving licensing and reporting issues.

Following law school, Nicole served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane J. Boyle in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Firm Overview:

In the end, it’s all about quality. About an uncompromising commitment to legal excellence, extraordinary client service and a high-performance culture. About helping clients achieve stellar legal and business results—today, and well into the future.

We are an integrated, international law firm with recognized strength in tax, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, health care, high-stakes litigation, and many other key areas of transactional and regulatory law. We emphasize and foster long-term, industry-focused client relationships with multinational companies, rising entrepreneurial firms, investors and capital providers, and many of the world’s wealthiest families and individuals.

In word and deed, we value integrity, efficiency, diversity, and pro bono and community service.

We are McDermott Will & Emery.

Laura Edrington

Laura Edrington is the Managing Partner of Locke Lord’s Houston office and Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Trust practice. Her practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions in connection with public finance, bonds, securitizations, real estate, and commercial lending. She is also a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors.

Through the years, Laura has worked on hundreds of asset securitization transactions including offerings of collateralized loan obligations, collateralized debt obligations and collateralized bond obligations. Laura has extensive experience structuring financial transactions, including REMICs and Collateralized Mortgage Obligations, and has represented trustees in numerous taxable and tax-exempt financings, including commercial properties, multi-family and single-family housing, asset based, and corporate debt securities.

Firm Overview:

Locke Lord’s Texas roots are strong, and in Houston we have deep ties and a formidable presence. We have been part of the Houston business community since the early 1900s, which has led to long-time and extensive relationships with clients. We also are civic-oriented, and view it as our duty to help improve the community in which we live. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers are leaders — in the courtroom, in the conference room and in the board room.

The Houston Business Journal named the Houston office one of its Best Places to Work recipients in 2013 and 2014.

As one of the world’s preeminent energy law firms, our lawyers serve as trusted counsel to a broad range of companies ranging from start-ups to multinational companies, both on domestic and international matters. We also are known for providing our clients with legal, strategic and innovative solutions in the areas of corporate and securities, intellectual property, labor and employment, and public law.

With our long history in Houston, we are committed and dedicated to our clients and to the community.

Locke Lord Named 2014 Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer

Sumit K. Arora

Sam Arora focuses his practice on construction and infrastructure projects, commercial litigation, government contracting, consumer finance, and financial institution regulations. He is a highly accomplished lawyer with extensive experience preparing contract documents for financial institutions, contract documents for large scale construction projects, handling commercial and construction disputes, insurance defense and coverage disputes, and overseeing litigation in both state and federal courts.

Sam also does extensive work in regulatory compliance on the local, state, and federal level for his consumer financial institution clients.

Sam has represented sureties, financial service and lending institutions, governmental entities, contractors, homebuilders, corporations, and individuals in various corporate disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Sam was of counsel in the Houston, Texas office of a well-established law firm in its litigation, construction, and surety practice sections. Previously, he concentrated his work in mergers and acquisitions and corporate and partnership taxation.

Sam participated in Oral Argument before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2017 in a matter relating to the enforceability and waiver of arbitration provisions.

Sam is a contributing lecturer with the Texas Organization of Financial Service Centers. He has lectured and authored “Good Funds Gone Bad – Legal and Practical Perspectives Regarding Funds Control in the Modern Surety Industry” for the Annual Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference. He has also served as an editor to the Defense Research Institute’s publication The Business Suit.

While attending law school, Sam was a finalist in the Tulane Moot Court Competition. He was also honoured as the Team Coach for the National Pace Moot Court Competition in New York City.

Firm Overview:

Counsel to innovative companies and brands around the world

We help leaders create, expand, and protect the value of their companies and most prized assets by bringing an equal balance of business acumen, technical skill, and creative thinking to the opportunities and challenges they face.

Our attorneys and staff are committed to our clients’ success. We take the time to understand our clients’ businesses, and work collaboratively with them to achieve their business goals — whether managing complex transactions, tackling global compliance, succeeding in litigation, or protecting their intellectual property. By investing in their success, we have helped clients make their businesses better, smarter, and more protected.