OVERVIEW Gilbert Vazquez is a Harvard-trained attorney with a wide range of experience representing business owners, medium-sized and Fortune 100 companies, and large government agencies. He is fluent in business Spanish, reads French, and has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of cross-border transactions primarily in Mexico and Latin America.
In the international arena, Gilbert's experience includes representation of large U.S. and Mexican companies in areas related to corporate structure and capitalization, issuance of private-placement securities and other matters such as franchising, distribution, and joint venture agreements. He has represented several Mexican and Japanese-based companies with substantial manufacturing operations in the U.S. and in Mexico in the auto parts and petrochemical industries.
Universidad Panamericana/University of Houston, Diploma in Mexican Legal Studies
Harvard University, J.D., 1978
Yale University, A.B., 1975
- Represented foreign clients conducting business in the United States in international business transactions and in mergers, joint ventures and strategic alliances involving public and private companies.
- Represented domestic and multinational corporations in the auto parts manufacturing, petrochemical and high technology industries, as well as one client in the development, design, operation and ownership of leisure entertainment, recreational and resort facilities.
- Represented foreign individuals and multinational corporations in matters related to distribution agreements, importation agreements, issuance of debt, joint venture agreements and franchising agreements and in the acquisition of real properties and other investments in the U.S.
- Represented a large multi-national company in general labor and employment law issues in Texas, including an OSHA investigation of an explosion at the company's manufacturing facility.
- Corporate business representation involving investigation, litigation and settlement of disputes involving: Americans with Disabilities Act, Corporate Downsizing, Employment Discrimination and Title VII, Environmental, Health & Safety, Industrial Accidents at corporate job sites, Wrongful Death and Wrongful Termination.
Lecturer, International Law: How to Select and Use Counsel in a Foreign Country, State Bar of Texas, Minority Counsel Program (2005).
Lecturer, Private Enterprise Forum, Choice of Entity, Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce (2005).
- Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce
- Japan America Society of San Antonio
- RiverCity Japanese Supplementary School, Pro Bono Legal Counsel 2001-Present
- San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- San Antonio Japanese Companies Association; Corporate Secretary 2007-Present; Pro Bono Legal Counsel 2001-Present
- San Antonio Zoological Society -President 2007‑Present; 1st Vice President 2003 - 2006; 2nd Vice President 1999 - 2002; Executive Committee Member 1988-1994, 1996-Present; Board of Directors 1988-Present
- United Way of San Antonio; Board of Trustees 1991-Present; Board of Contributors 1982-1987
- Rated Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent by Lexis Nexis, 1988-present
- Nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton as Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1994
- Selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, 1987
- Selected as the Outstanding Young San Antonian by the San Antonio Jaycees, 1985