Attorney Profiles

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Gayle Boone

Experience

Most recently, Gayle advises and defends individuals and companies in the security fraud arena. As publicly held companies continue to come under both civil and criminal scrutiny for their practices, Gayle has protected their interests. She has advised Boards of Directors and their special committees, conducted internal investigations, provided advice on corporate governance, and represented companies, their officers, their directors and their advisors in securities fraud and derivative lawsuits, as well as before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies.

Throughout her more than 25 years of experience, Gayle also has successfully handled complex multiparty litigation, including class actions, involving a wide range of industries. These industries include energy, computer systems, telecommunications, commercial agriculture, equipment manufacturing, and public accounting.

The issues have been extraordinarily varied, including commercial contract disputes, personal injury, fraud, errors and omissions, director and officer liability, racketeering (RICO), toxic tort, antitrust, trade secrets, and accounting malpractice. Her extensive experience with the energy industry alone has included oil and gas contract and pricing disputes, take or pay disputes, natural gas pipeline transportation and compliance, natural gas processing plants, regulatory compliance and environmental issues.

Gayle has significant experience in nearly every type of forum: state and federal courts, mediation, arbitration, and federal and state agencies. She is well versed in the complexities of domestic and international jurisdictional disputes. In addition, Gayle has argued appeals before the United States 5th Circuit, 9th Circuit, 10th Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as state appellate courts, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Gayle has over twenty published state and federal cases bearing her name.

Prior to her association with the Firm, Gayle was an equity partner with Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP (formerly Bracewell & Patterson.)


Representative Matters

  • Advising and assisting the Special Committee for the Board of Directors of Affilliated Computer Systems in its internal investigation of alleged backdating of stock options, as well as the company’s production of documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Successfully defending the former General Counsel of Enron in the national consolidated Enron securities fraud class action.
  • Successfully defending the former CEO of Kinder Morgan, Inc. in a securities fraud class action.
  • Successfully defending a former chief financial officer of a publicly traded company in a fraud action, and representing him before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Successfully arbitrating a $650 million claim relating to a joint venture in a natural gas pipeline.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law
    Juris Doctor, May 1983
  • University of Louisville
    Bachelor of Arts, May 1980

Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts of Texas: Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

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