In Your Shoes

“Atticus was right. One time he said, you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” [1]

Whether your shoes are wingtips, boots, loafers or heels, our attorneys have walked in them, and, as a result, Strasburger knows your business.

With experience in the energy, healthcare, financial services, environmental, transportation, and regulatory sectors, Strasburger attorneys have real world knowledge.

Like you, they have performed the high-wire act required to balance the pressures of day-to-day business operations with budget goals and increasingly complicated regulatory regimes. They bring this experience to client relationships that go beyond the practice of law. They understand and can assist with your strategic growth, problem solving and risk reduction efforts.

Some have met the multi-faceted demands of corporate governance – all while ensuring compliance with current laws and regulations – including:

  • board management,
  • resolution drafting,
  • consent drafting,
  • statutory filings, and
  • incorporations and dissolutions for publicly traded companies.

Others have overseen a variety of financial service matters for U.S. companies, including:

  • coordinating with the FDIC on supervision,
  • resolution and workout of predecessor institution loan portfolios,
  • advising on credit risk and loss avoidance issues,
  • handling bankruptcy and fiduciary litigation, and
  • managing legal issues affecting the operations and profitability of some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in Texas.

Our attorneys focus on the intersection of business and law and emphasize anticipating, planning for, and accommodating your business needs. We share your history and have seen “the view from your office,” bringing industry-specific, in-house experience to the table. We welcome the opportunity to learn more about your future plans and how Strasburger can be of service.

Here are some of the Strasburger attorneys with experience in the listed industries and practice areas.

CORPORATE & SECURITIES MATTERS

  • David K. Meyercord served as Executive Vice President of Administration and General Counsel of a long-standing NASDAQ listed behavioral health company during a transformative period in the history of the company. David was responsible for all aspects of governance, public reporting and compliance issues for the company working directly with the board of directors and the officers of the company and, in addition, had responsibility for various administrative matters. During his tenure, the company acquired over 15 behavioral health facilities, relocated its corporate headquarters, conducted a public offering to raise additional capital and restructured its internal corporate organization. David rejoined the Firm after the company was acquired by another publicly traded behavioral health company in a transaction that had an enterprise value in excess of $400 million.
  • Frederick Fowler served as General Counsel of National Dairy Holdings, a privately owned company and one of the nation’s largest dairy processing companies, overseeing all legal matters including the negotiation for, and acquisition of, more than 18 companies in eight states.
  • Lee Polson began his legal career with the Texas State Securities Board, where he served as an enforcement attorney, general counsel, director of enforcement, and deputy securities commissioner from 1981 to 1985. He also served as general counsel and executive director of the North American Securities Administrators Association in Washington D.C.
  • Mark Sessions was General Counsel of NovaTel, Ltd., a privately held long distance telecommunications company, from 2003-2010. In that capacity, he handled all contract drafting and negotiations as well as corporate transactions in the US and 26 other countries. He also managed mergers and acquisitions, an ESOP transaction; FCC, FTC and other regulatory compliance; state, local and foreign telecom tax issues; and litigation in federal, bankruptcy, state and arbitration proceedings.
  • Corinne Smith is the former director of legal services for Seton Healthcare Family and was previously chief of strategic partnerships and legal counsel for UT Medicine, the academic faculty practice plan of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  She has more than 20 years of executive and operational experience in the healthcare industry, particularly as director of strategy development and system integration Integris Health, an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based healthcare system, during its growth from a single freestanding hospital to a statewide, integrated healthcare delivery system.  While at Integris, she was responsible for strategy and business development, merger and acquisition, financial planning and managed care negotiations as well as administrative, compliance and governance issues.

ENERGY, OIL & GAS

  • Michael Maloney is a Board Certified oil, gas and mineral law attorney and acted as in-house counsel to the Atlantic Richfield Company dealing primarily with natural gas regulations and transactions.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

  • Patrick Larkin, leader of Strasburger’s environmental team, worked in-house as environmental counsel for AMR Corporation and its subsidiaries American Airlines, American Eagle and more than 300 U.S. and international operating sites and subsidiaries. He represented the airline and its cargo, fueling and commuter airline subsidiaries in transactional due diligence, compliance programs, airport-wide remediation projects, enforcement defense and all other aspects of state, local, federal, and international environmental, safety, and hazardous materials transportation laws. Pat also served as an in-house Regional enforcement and permitting attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Kirk Sniff served as Associate General Counsel for 7-Eleven, Inc. (f/k/a The Southland Corporation) headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Concurrent with his time at Southland, he was also Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for CITGO Petroleum Corporation (which was affiliated with Southland from 1983-1986).In that position, he oversaw environment regulatory compliance and litigation as well as manufacturing process and materials compliance.
  • Virgil W. “Chip” Duffie, III served as Chief Compliance Officer and sole in-house environmental counsel for North America’s largest environmental and oil recycling company with responsibility for all environmental, health and safety functions at more than 200 facilities. He led a team of more than 60 environmental professionals in 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces. In addition to environmental regulatory and compliance counseling, transactional due diligence and development of a global sustainability program, he was responsible for the company’s internal audit function, including conducting the company’s annual risk assessment.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • John Rogers, as Senior Counsel for Bank of America in New York and Mexico City from 1982 until 1991, oversaw the bank’s legal department across Latin America and handled sovereign and private debt restructuring and loans to companies across North, Central and South America.
  • Michelle Brockway previously served as senior vice president and associate general counsel at Amegy Bank N.A. In this role, she managed litigation and handled a wide array of issues that arose in a growing financial institution, including issues involving the Uniform Commercial Code, customer disputes, labor and employment questions, trust and probate matters, contracts, federal and state regulations, corporate governance, subpoenas, and campaign finance laws.

HEALTHCARE

  • David K. Meyercord served as Executive Vice President of Administration and General Counsel of a long-standing NASDAQ listed behavioral health company during a transformative period in the history of the company. In addition to honing his corporate law skill, his work with this healthcare provider afforded him insight into many issues facing providers.
  • Corinne Smith has nine years of in-house counsel experience in the healthcare industry. As former director of legal services for the Seton Healthcare Family and, before that, chief of strategic partnerships and legal counsel for UT Medicine – the academic faculty practice plan of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio –  she understands the day-to-day operational and regulatory concerns that healthcare providers face.  In addition to her in-house legal experience, Corinne has more than twenty years of management experience with hospitals and health systems and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Her knowledge of the complexities involved in the healthcare industry and her experience as an in-house executive provide first-hand insight into helping clients achieve their goals.
  • Michael Smith’s experience with the Texas Medical Association, the nation’s largest and one of the oldest and most powerful state medical societies serving more than 48,000 physician and medical student members across Texas offers our clients a unique perspective on understanding the issues of primary importance to physicians and other healthcare practitioners today.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Patrick Larkin In addition to his environmental regulatory expertise, Pat also brings extensive transportation experience to the table by virtue of his service as in-house environmental and hazmat compliance counsel for AMR Corporation and its subsidiaries American Airlines, American Eagle and more than 300 U.S. and international operating sites and subsidiaries.

[1] Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Warner Books, 1960.

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