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Cliff Gunter Elected To International Academy Of Trial Lawyers

April 14, 2010

HOUSTON J. Clifford Gunter, III, senior partner with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, has been elected to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Gunter was formally inducted during a ceremony April 9, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Academy is a group of trial lawyers representing both criminal prosecutors and defense lawyers, as well as plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases). While the majority of Fellows come from the U.S., the Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process that includes discreet inquiries of both judges and other trial lawyers of high standing. The Academy's purposes are to promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, promote the Rule of Law internationally, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.
The Academy's bylaws limit Fellowship to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70 as U.S. Fellows. Upon reaching the age of 70, a Fellow retains all of his or her rights and privileges but is no longer counted against the cap of 500.

Gunter has devoted nearly 40 years of practice to providing strategic, effective trial representation to energy and a diverse array of other major industrial and financial clients in complex, high stakes, multiple-party litigation, both internationally and domestically. He has compiled a long list of significant cases tried to conclusion, cases settled during trial and before trial, appellate arguments, federal grand jury investigations and arbitrations. Representative cases over the last several years include jury trials involving issues of fraud, racketeering (RICO), theft of trade secrets, accounting malpractice, product liability, take-or-pay and pricing disputes relating to the energy industry, breach of contract in commercial litigation, construction litigation, energy and power issues relating to natural gas trading and electricity trading, antitrust and class actions involving shareholder securities fraud claims and derivative suits. His work also encompasses toxic tort and environmental litigation, representation of officers and directors in litigation brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Resolution Trust Corporation and Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation in connection with the failure of financial institutions, arbitration of several transnational gas sales contracts, and representation of multinational corporations on matters involving international projects finance issues.