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Gregory P. Sapire

Partner
+1.512.482.6988
Fax +1.512.482.6859
+1.214.939.4988
Fax +1.214.939.5849

Mr. Sapire represents businesses and individuals in complex, multi-party, shareholder-derivative, and class action civil litigation in both court and private arbitration. These matters concern a wide variety of claims involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary obligations, securities fraud, noncompetition obligations, warranty disputes, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, usurpation of corporate opportunities, products liability, professional negligence, and regulatory issues.

Mr. Sapire also has experience representing clients before federal and state regulatory agencies in investigations, contested matters, and rulemakings.

A significant portion of Mr. Sapire’s practice involves representing banks and other secured creditors in litigation arising from leasing and lending relationships, including advice on litigation strategy related to foreclosures, workouts, repossession of collateral, and debt collection. These matters frequently involve extraordinary remedies such as receivership proceedings, writs of attachment or sequestration, and other types of emergency injunctive relief.

Mr. Sapire also counsels private sector and governmental-entity clients concerning compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Public Information Act, and the federal Freedom of Information Act. He also represents them in litigation involving these statutes, including disputes over requests to governmental entities to release proprietary, trade secret, or otherwise confidential information.


Areas of Emphasis

  • Commercial litigation
  • Financial services and creditors’ rights litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Administrative law

Professional Background

After law school, he clerked as a briefing attorney to Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips of the Supreme Court of Texas.

Achievements

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Named a Texas Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly in 2005, 2006, and 2007
  • 2007 Finalist for Austin under 40 (Legal)
  • Member of the 2007-2008 Leadership Austin Essential Class

Professional/Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Litigation Section
    • Antitrust & Business Litigation Section
    • Construction Section
    • Administrative & Public Law Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section
    • Civil Litigation Section Council (Director, 2010-2013, Secretary 2013-2014, Treasurer 2014-2015)
    • Construction Section
    • Administrative Section
  • Barrister, Lloyd Lochridge Chapter, American Inns of Court (2010-2013)
  • Barrister, Robert W. Calvert Chapter, American Inns of Court (2006-2008)
  • Vice-Chair, City of Austin Urban Transportation Commission (2006-2008)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, SafePlace Foundation (2005-2008)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Austin Jewish Academy (2010-present)
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Mr. Sapire has tried cases to judgment in court and to award in arbitration, and has argued cases on appeal in both state and federal courts, representing clients throughout Texas and in other states involving complex (and frequently multi-party) commercial issues including limitation of liability and indemnification; contractual defenses based on modification, waiver, merger, and integration; fraud and fraud-in-the-inducement; and the Economic Loss Rule.
  • Won dismissal of an opt-in class action suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act on behalf of a regional branded convenience store/quick service restaurant operator.
  • Obtained temporary injunctive relief and then a favorable settlement on behalf of a Global 2000 provider of electrical equipment solutions to enforce a former executive employee’s non-compete obligations.
  • Won take-nothing judgment for a Fortune 1000 consumer products company facing multi-million dollar claims of conspiracy to breach fiduciary duty, unfair competition, conversion, and unjust enrichment by a service provider arising out of the parties’ contractual relationship.
  • Won $7.25 million jury trial verdict on behalf of foreign partnership in breach-of-contract dispute over owner-financed transportation assets.
  • On behalf of a NYSE-listed contractor, favorably settled a multi-million dollar software development and outsourcing project dispute before the State Office of Administrative Hearings against one of the largest governmental agencies in Texas.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of Fortune 500 retailer in land-use and trespass dispute.
  • Defended multi-million dollar securities fraud and related claims against a registered investment advisor, affiliates, and its principals arising out of a series of real estate-related Regulation D offerings, while also resolving parallel investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a state securities regulator.
  • Defended Boston-based international engineering firm against state and federal environmental enforcement actions related to Hurricane Katrina reconstruction projects.
  • Successfully settled hazardous-waste contamination claims against a national trucking company and an international electronics manufacturer on behalf of a major local municipal solid waste landfill operator in private litigation and parallel administrative proceedings against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
  • Defended privately-held general contractor against multi-million dollar environmental claims by state and county governments and private plaintiffs arising out of construction-project storm water discharges allegedly affecting protected local water resources.
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of real estate limited partnership investors for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty against general partners.
  • Defended general partners against claims by foreign limited-partner investors in U.S. real estate limited partnerships for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Defended and prosecuted design and construction defect claims on behalf of various design professionals, owners, and contractors.
  • Defended independent directors of a publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company against shareholder-derivative claims in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Defended corporate officers in complex, multi-party securities-fraud litigation against a publicly traded medical device manufacturer.