Excellence with Cost Effective Results
GPM's appellate attorneys handle complex matters in virtually all areas of the law throughout Texas and around the country, in both state and federal appellate courts. Our appellate group prepares appeals before final judgment – interlocutory appeals, mandamus and other extraordinary writs – as well as the full spectrum of appellate practice after final judgment, including all stages of briefing and oral argument.
In addition to handling appeals, GPM's appellate attorneys actively participate at the trial court level. The group conducts pre-suit case evaluation, drafts summary judgment (and other case dispositive) motions, drafts the jury charge, and structure cases for appeal or emergency relief.
BANKRUPTCY / BUSINESS REORGANIZATION
GPM's bankruptcy attorneys are well-known for their expertise in the area of corporate reorganization and creditors' rights. Our attorneys are highly accomplished in negotiating reorganization plans on behalf of our clients, which is critical in restructuring and insolvency situations. Our bankruptcy group is intimately familiar with virtually every facet of bankruptcy, reorganization and the workout process including the representation of purchasers of entire businesses
or business segments of troubled enterprises both in and outside of Chapter 11.
We have represented debtor and creditor clients in out-of-court financial restructuring, and pre-bankruptcy negotiation and strategy. We are able to provide unique insight in the bankruptcy process through GPM's representation of both creditors and debtors and our attorneys' understanding the motivations and strategies of the participants. GPM's attorneys have reorganized businesses in complex Chapter 11 proceedings nationwide, confirming Chapter 11 plans in industries such as energy, real estate, healthcare, oil and gas, and retail. On the creditor side, we represent secured and unsecured creditors, ad hoc and official creditor and equity committees, lenders and bank groups, asset purchasers, landlords, equipment lessors, vendors, investors, insurers
GPM's Business group counsels business enterprises on strategic, transactional, operational, and financial matters. We have represented a number of companies from their formation as start-up corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies or joint ventures, to maturity. Our attorneys also have significant experience in representing doctors, medical practices, and the formation and maintenance of appropriate legal entities for such practices.
GPM's Business group provides comprehensive advice on the creation and capitalization of such entities; assists in the implementation of labor policies, incentive compensation plans, employment and consulting agreements, and sales representative agreements; formulates approaches to minimize taxes for our clients; and provides consultation with respect to the protection of intellectual property. We regularly counsel business enterprises in connection with additional public and private financings with investment bankers, institutions, venture capitalists, commercial and other asset based lenders, private investors and traditional bank lenders. Our attorneys have assisted in the expansion of these clients through trade, mergers and acquisitions, and franchising of their
Our clients include financial institutions, corporate borrowers, securities issuers and other users of capital. Institutional clients include banks, insurance companies, other institutional investors and commercial financing and leasing companies.
ERISA/ EMPLOYEE BENEFITS and EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
The firm counsels employers in the design, implementation, and operation of retirement plans and deferred compensation programs. We also represent employers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor in the matters of initial and continuing tax qualification and audits of plans covered under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). We advise employers on addressing employees' claims for benefits, as well as defending any claims against the plan.
Our services usually involve the following types of benefit plans and issues for both public and private corporations
• Retirement plan design and qualification of pension plans (both traditional and cash balance), profit sharing plans, money purchase plans and 401(k) plans
• Nonqualified plan design including “Top Hat” elective deferred compensation arrangements and supplemental executive
• Retirement plan termination including applications with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit
• Plan administration counsel in regards to plan benefits, plan claims, participant notices, fiduciary responsibilities and prohibited transactions
• Review and correction of plan errors, including coverage and discrimination testing, and defense against plan audits or inquiries before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor
• Tax and ERISA compliance and litigation matters
• Due diligence analysis of mergers, acquisitions and corporate transactions affected by ERISA and employee benefit plans.
With respect to executive compensation, we advise clients on the securities, tax, labor, employment and corporate law aspects of executive compensation issues. We also keep clients apprised of potential accounting issues associated with various executive compensation schemes.
ESTATE PLANNING and INDIVIDUAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT
We provide a full range of estate planning and probate services to private clients involving tax-sensitive estate planning and estate administration, trust administration, charitable gift planning, advice for charitable organizations, and related planning and litigation matters. We draft simple wills and restructure family businesses for management continuity and tax savings in future generations, and also help individual and corporate executors and trustees administer decedents' estates and trusts efficiently and cost-effectively. Our clients include high net worth families and their closely-held businesses, and charitable organizations.
We offer strategic counsel on the most sensitive personal family tax issues, from those involving marital disputes and succession planning to executive compensation and retirement plans. Our attorneys have helped our clients to transfer millions of dollars to their families without undue tax cost. We work with clients to form charitable remainder and lead trusts and family private foundations, as well as to structure gifts and bequests to charities across
We manage a wide variety of issues under the umbrella of Family and Marital Law which include elder law, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, child custody, paternity suits, and adoption. In the overall management of family wealth and business interests, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are important tools which must be revisited from time to time in order to preserve their validity. Each agreement is a unique contract. We take into account the multifaceted details of the parties' monetary and personal situations.
Our Family Law practice group strives to achieve the most efficient dissolution of a marriage. In complex property arrangements, we work closely with experts in real estate, business valuation and appraisal to determine property value and secure a fair division. Following divorce, if the judgment requires enforcement or modification in terms of alimony, child support, visitation rights, or other related issues, we search for any reasonable accommodation allowable under the law.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
GPM provides a full-service opportunity for our clients to grow and maintain their market share and profitability through the development of their intellectual capital. Our accomplished IP attorneys provide comprehensive, trusted legal counsel in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and enforcement, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. We also advise clients with regard to the registration and protection of other intellectual property rights through trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, and other proprietary information. GPM's IP attorneys also regularly counsel and represent clients on issues of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, acts of unfair competition, and theft of trade secrets.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
Our lawyers have comprehensive experience in employment law, employee benefits, restrictive covenants, and executive compensation. We advise both small and large employers and litigate a broad range of legal issues that touch upon the workplace. Our attorneys have involved in a wide variety of employment matters involving management counseling, contracts, consulting and training. We counsel our clients on employee hiring and firing issues, preparing and updating employee handbooks, preparing employment agreements, preparing agreements to protect confidential information and trade secrets, training client company management and other employees on sexual and other harassment, and advising clients (on wage and hour, overtime, exempt/non-exempt employee, and independent contractor/employee determination issues).
Our clients also receive expert advice and representation in connection with arbitration, litigation and administrative proceedings. We represent clients in litigation related to employment agreements, including restricted competition, restricted solicitation, confidential information, and trade secret obligations. We advise management regarding investigation of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims. We represent a large docket of clients in EEOC and Texas Workforce Commission proceedings as well those in federal and state court litigation. Our lawyers also routinely counsel employers on a variety of preventive measures designed to avoid litigation of employment disputes.
We also advise executive and professional employees in complex matters involving employment contract negotiations; termination and severance circumstances; negotiating compensation and other benefits in connection with employment termination; and the complex issues surrounding discrimination, wrongful discharge and various other matters.
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Business/Commercial litigation is a significant part of our practice. We are trial lawyers who focus on what matters most to our clients – achieving our clients' objectives in a quick, decisive and efficient manner. With accurate case evaluation, efficient staffing, targeted discovery and motion practices, and appropriate technological support, we conduct litigation in ways that make business sense for our clients. Our goal in every case is to provide the highest quality of service at a fee structure that serves our clients' needs, while always focusing on the clients' objectives.
We represent national and regional companies, as well as numerous local companies and individuals in state and federal courts across Texas and the United States. Our attorneys have experience handling virtually the full spectrum of commercial disputes including banking and commercial finance, class actions, corporate governance and compliance, construction, fraud and deceptive trade practices, energy, health care and medical malpractice, insurance coverage, intellectual property, labor and employment, legal malpractice, non-compete and trade secret litigation, oil and gas litigation, personal injury, products liability, professional liability, and real estate.
REAL ESTATE LAW
We have one of the most experienced and innovative real estate groups in Texas. We represent clients in all aspects of sophisticated real estate transactions, including buying, selling, developing, operating, leasing, capitalizing, syndicating, and financing real estate projects. Our diverse client base includes lenders and borrowers, landlords and tenants, commercial and residential developers, equity investors, and real estate brokers, pension funds and pension fund advisors, private equity funds, Texas-based real estate developers and investors, property management companies, real estate subsidiaries of major financial institutions, foreign investors, and various individuals and corporations.
Our real estate attorneys' goal is to do everything we can to help our clients successfully consummate their real estate transaction and achieve their business objectives. We pride ourselves in first understanding our clients' business goals and motivations, and then bringing a practical and efficient approach to our clients' desired business objectives. We have the depth and experience to handle, cost-effectively, transactions of nearly any size and complexity.
As the complexity of tax laws and business transactions continues to increase, our tax attorneys advise clients how to effectively navigate complex issues by developing creative, practical and cost-effective solutions to tax issues. Our attorneys provide creative tax advice to closely-held and publicly traded corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and individuals on the manner in which they can achieve optimum federal, state and local tax efficiencies in conducting their business activities. Our advice ranges from
day-to-day tax questions to the federal, state and local implications of transactions such as real estate partnerships, tax-deferred like kind exchanges, tax-deferred corporate reorganizations, taxable acquisitions, and dispositions
and transactions between closely held corporations and their shareholders.
• A brief overview of our expertise includes
• Tax planning & Taxation
• Structuring for and organization of business entities
• Corporate and other business structure reorganizations (acquisitive as well as non-acquisitive reorganizations) to achieve better tax and business efficiency (including use of state business organization statutes to achieve favorable non-tax results)
• Acquisition and disposition of businesses
• Representation of clients in family financial matters (including, long range tax planning and structuring) to achieve family goals, and including, in the context of family split–ups, tax advice in ongoing business transactions to reduce overall income, and estate and gift taxes
• Compensation, ERISA, qualified and non–qualified employee benefit and employment tax matters including design, qualification and compliance matters relating to qualified and non-qualified retirements and deferred compensation, health and other fringe benefits, and other compensation and benefit arrangement
• Representation before administrative agencies (Federal and state) in obtaining tax rulings for proposed transactions
• Representation in adversarial proceedings involving tax audits and appeals (Federal and state)
• Representation of clients in tax matters before appropriate state or Federal courts. Adversary representation also includes the full range of representation of clients in collection matters (both state and Federal) and assisting clients in using the full range of legally authorized protections in that context
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