HOUSTON — Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. has elevated five attorneys with
litigation experience to join the firm’s global partnership.
The new partners are Scott Paul Drake, Dallas; Patrick Joseph Gallagher,
Minneapolis; Michelle Pardo, Washington, D.C.; Carlos Rainer, Houston; and Peter
Stokes, Austin, Texas.
Drake is a commercial litigator who represents national and international
companies in a broad range of business litigation matters. He primarily focuses
on prosecuting and defending claims in complex business disputes in a variety of
industries, including the health care and securities industries. Having appeared
in state, federal and bankruptcy courts across the country, Drake represents a
geographically diverse set of clients. He received his J.D. with honors from The
University of Texas School of Law in 2000 and his B.B.A. in Management from
Texas A&M University in 1997. Drake was admitted to practice law in Texas in
Pardo focuses on complex civil, administrative and white collar litigation at
both the trial and appellate levels. She has handled cases including employment
discrimination, general commercial and tort litigation, white collar defense and
government investigations. Pardo also has experience in jury and bench trials,
managing discovery, class actions, settlement negotiations, mediation and
arbitration. She has served as a legal spokesperson in both print and broadcast
national media while defending a client in high profile litigation. Pardo
received her J.D. magna *** laude in 1997 from Catholic University of America,
Columbus School of Law and her B.A. *** laude in 1992 from Loyola College. She
is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Rainer concentrates on complex commercial, business and corporate litigation
matters. He often advises senior management and officers and directors of
Fortune 500 companies on matters pertaining to antitrust and competition law,
securities litigation, corporate governance and compliance, and internal
investigations in response to government enforcement actions, subpoenas and
requests for information. Rainer has extensive litigation experience in state
and federal court, and represents clients in matters before the Securities and
Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Commerce and various
Texas state enforcement agencies. Rainer received his J.D. in 2000 from The
University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. summa *** laude in 1996 for
History and English from Sam Houston State University. He was admitted to
practice in Texas in 2000.
Stokes represents clients in securities lawsuits and other complex commercial
litigation, arbitration and appellate matters. He has significant experience
defending clients against shareholder class and derivative lawsuits, including
financial restatements, mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, auction rate
securities and cases involving allegations of GAAP violations, insider trading,
antitrust violations, options backdating and breaches of fiduciary duty. Stokes
has co-authored the annual State Bar of Texas Fifth Circuit Securities Update
for seven consecutive years, and has clients that range from brokerage and
energy companies to individual officers and directors. Stokes received his J.D.
in 2000 from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in 1997 from Rice University. He is
admitted to practice law in Texas.
Gallagher concentrates on trademark and copyright issues, as well as other
intellectual property matters. He has extensive experience in trademark
clearance, investigation, prosecution, client counseling and management of
domestic and international trademark portfolios. Gallagher also handles
trademark and unfair competition litigation, enforcement, and opposition and
cancellation proceedings, Internet domain name disputes and proceedings and
trademark licensing. He received his J.D. *** laude from William Mitchell
College of Law in 1999, where he served as editor-in-chief of the William
Mitchell Law Review, and his B.A. in 1991 in English and Political Science from
Hamline University. Gallagher is admitted to practice law in Minnesota.
Founded in 1919, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. is a leading full-service
international law firm with nearly 1,000 lawyers in 16 locations in Austin,
Beijing, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles,
Minneapolis, Munich, New York, Riyadh, San Antonio, St. Louis and Washington,
D.C. For more information, visit www.fulbright.com.