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Strike Team
Tricia DeLeon
David Elrod
Mike Gruber
Brian Hail
Mark Johansen
Mark Shank
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Tricia DeLeon is a trial attorney with over 18 years of business litigation experience.  She has handled matters spanning many different industries, including:  financial institutions, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, and director and officer insurance disputes.  She has represented community banks, nontraditional lenders, investors and borrowers in litigation and in pre-suit, workout negotiations.  Tricia has also ...
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David W. Elrod has more than 35 years of experience with trying complex commercial, business and bet-the-company cases. His extensive trial background includes representing both companies and individuals in a wide variety of commercial and business litigation, including the prosecution and defense of claims relating to energy, oil and gas, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, director and officer liability, indemnity, employee ...
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Mike Gruber is the must-hire trial lawyer for large, complicated cases with enormous stakes. Unlike many litigators, he isn’t afraid of zeroes – throughout his career, clients’ dollars at risk have risen into the billions, including three such cases in 2014. Mike represents companies, executives, bankruptcy trustees, wealthy families, trusts and individuals as plaintiffs and defendants on their most sensitive, high-risk, ...
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Brian Hail is a Texas trial lawyer with years of in courtroom experience handling serious business disputes, fiduciary and fraud claims, employment-related claims, and other complex commercial litigation. Clients rely on Brian to fight aggressively for their interests, regardless of which side of a claim they're on. This includes other lawyers who regularly hire Brian when they're facing their own legal problems.
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Mark Johansen's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He also regularly represents clients in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
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Mark A. Shank Managing Partner
As a stalwart of various bar associations and foundations in Texas, Mark Shank is well-known and respected by the broad legal community – including opposing counsel – in and out of the courtroom. He is known as a strategist, litigator, negotiator, arbitrator and active member of his legal and civic communities in Texas, the region and elsewhere in the U.S. Mark’s practice is focused on complex employment-related disputes, which he ...