Our Firm is based on a simple promise: the lawyer you hire will be the lawyer that handles your matter. We are largely big firm “refugees” seeking to provide the same high quality legal representation through a more responsive and cost-effective model. The Firm consists of four partners and ten other lawyers.
Over the past ten years, our largest clients have been DuPont, The Dow Chemical Company, Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., Cytec Industries, Pepsi Bottling Group Mexico, Chemours, and NOVA Chemicals Corporation.
Partner Andrew Schirrmeister has been national counsel for benzene litigation for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and remains in that role for Chemours Company since its spin-off from DuPont in 2015. He is also national counsel for DuPont in its Kapton automotive diaphragm litigation. Mr. Schirrmeister began his law practice at Baker Botts LLP, where he had been a partner in the trial department.
Partner Mike Brem is national and international counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in literally tens of thousands of cases involving occupational exposure to DBCP. He is also national counsel in asbestos litigation for the Rohm and Haas companies. Like Mr. Schirrmeister, he came to the Firm from Baker Botts LLP, where he had also been a partner in the trial department.
Partner Peggy Brenner has considerable experience in large multi-party, multi-county pharmaceutical litigation and has served as coordinating counsel to a large petrochemical company and a marine construction contractor in welding fume litigation. Ms. Brenner came to the Firm from Bracewell & Giuliani (previously Bracewell & Patterson) where she was a litigation partner.
Partner George Diaz-Arrasita is fluent in Spanish, and has considerable experience handling international matters and representing clients based in Latin America. He also began his career at Baker Botts LLP.
Senior Counsel Jim Smith principally focuses on environmental matters, in counseling, supporting transactions, and trying cases. His degree in chemical engineering combined with his legal experience enables him to bring a unique perspective as he represents refining, petrochemical and other resource related industry clients. Most recently, he was a partner at Porter & Hedges LLP.
Lastly, a word on something that makes our Firm both high quality and truly special. Five of our lawyers work on a “flexible schedule” basis that better allows them to balance their young families and career. These lawyers formerly worked at Akin Gump, Jones Day, Andrews & Kurth, and Baker Botts. Included among them are former clerks to Hon. Lee Rosenthal and Hon. Ewing Werlein, Jr., both of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Another worked in the Epidemiology Department at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center participating in multiple large-scale research studies before law school.