Fulbright & Jaworski Names New Partners

Fulbright & Jaworski Names New Partners

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 2000.

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.