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Sofia Adrogué, Caroline Baker


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Sofia Adrogué, Editor, a native of Argentina and commercial litigator for over 25 years, is a partner with the Houston office of Diamond McCarthy LLP.

Caroline Baker, Co-Editor, a fifth-generation Texan, served the citizens of Harris County as a judge 21 years before retiring at the end of 2018.


In Texas Business Litigation you’ll find thorough treatment of: 
  • Discovery—Kim J. Askew, K&L Gates, LLP
  • Speech-Based Torts: Libel, Slander, Business Disparagement and Invasion of Privacy—Chip Babcock, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
  • Damages—David J. Beck, Beck Redden, LLP
  • Experts Witnesses—Maria Wyckoff Boyce, Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • E-Discovery—Dawn Estes, Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
  • Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Litigation—Charles Everingham IV, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Criminal Law in Business Tort Cases—David Gerger, Gerger Khalil Hennessy LLP
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims in the Commercial Setting—Robin Gibbs, Gibbs & Bruns, LLP
  • Bankruptcy Ramifications in Business Litigation Cases—Elizabeth M. Guffy, Locke Lord LLP
  • Business Divorce—Ladd Hirsch, Winstead PC
  • Contorts—Lamont A. Jefferson, Jefferson Cano
  • Ethics—Randy Johnston, Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.
  • The Liability Case—Mark Lanier, Lanier Law Firm
  • Construction Litigation—Michael J. Mazzone, Haynes & Boone, LLP
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution—Alice Oliver-Parrott, Alice Oliver-Parrott, P.C.
  • Selected Causes of Action Unique to the Oil and Gas Industry—James J. Ormiston, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
  • Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation—Yvette Ostolaza, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Corporate Governance and Regulatory Proceedings—Evan P. Singer, Jones Day
  • Evaluating Commercial Cases: Avoiding Icebergs—Harry Susman, Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
  • Innovations to Improve Jury Trials in Texas—Stephen D. Susman, Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
  • Third-Party Litigation Financing—Prof. W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell Law School
  • Employment Law Litigation—A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., Cozen O’Connor
  • Preservation of Error—Appeal Tactics—Marie R. Yeates, Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Antitrust—R. Paul Yetter, Yetter Coleman LLP
  • Tactical Considerations in Modern Business TrialsJohn Zavitsanos, AZA

NEW FOR THIS EDITION
The final three chapters are new and an indicia of the state of business litigation—e-discovery, construction litigation, and tactical considerations in modern business trials.

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  • Availability: Available
  • Brand: Texas Lawyer
  • Product Type: Books
  • Page Count: 1890
  • ISBN: 978-1-62881-597-9
  • Pub#/SKU#: TXBUS19
  • Pub Date: 04/28/2019
  • Frequency: Annual

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Sofia Adrogué (Editor), Sofia is a trial partner with the Houston office of Diamond McCarthy LLP, a national business litigation and insolvency boutique. She has obtained favorable judgments and settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a myriad of complex business cases in state and federal courts and in ADR proceedings. She represents clients in all industries, ranging from entrepreneurs in rural Texas to multinational conglomerates with diversified worldwide business holdings. She is a frequent CLE Speaker and/or Chair (over 125) and publisher (over 120). She envisioned and created the Texas Business Litigation treatise, serves as its Editor, now in its 4th Edition, and is the Chair of the Texas Business Litigation CLEs. 

An alumna of the Harvard Business School OPM, she served as the U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker for HBS OPM 37, ostensibly the first woman, as well as U.S. Class Representative. She is a graduate of Rice University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of Houston Law Center, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif and Barons, both on full academic scholarships. She served as a law clerk to Hon. Jerre S. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  

She is a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber “Hall of Fame” Inductee; Houston Chronicle Channel 11 “Texas Legend;” one of “The 25 U.S. Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers” and “Top Latino Partners in the U.S.;” “Most Powerful Women in Law,” Latino Leaders Magazine; a Latino Learning Center, Inc. “Helping Hands” Humanitarian Award Honoree; a “Woman of Influence,” National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; a National Diversity Council “Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas;” a “Mujer Empresaria del Año,” Sucesos & Solo Mujeres Magazine; a “Texas Super Lawyer,” Texas Monthly Magazine; a Texas Lawyer Top “40 Under 40;” a “TBOY Blazing Star,” Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce; a Texas Executive Women “Woman on the Move;” a UH Law Center Immigration Clinic “Arrival Awards Immigrant Achievement” Honoree; a Houston Jaycees “Outstanding Houstonian;” a Texas Jaycees “Outstanding Texan;” and a U.S. Jaycees “Outstanding Young American,” among other recognitions. 
Sofia serves and/or has served on The Advocate Editorial Board, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, the CLE, Mentor and Professionalism Committees of the State Bar of Texas as well as the CLE, Houston Lawyer and the Professionalism Committees of the Houston Bar Association. Sofia has chaired numerous events for diverse non-profits, and serves and/or has served on the Board of Directors of American Leadership Forum Houston; Girls Inc. of Greater Houston (former President and Board Chair); Houston First Corporation; Houston Law Review Alumni Association (former President); Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, City of Houston (Chair, Appointments Subcommittee); Memorial Hermann Foundation; RICE-TMS; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Theatre Under The Stars; and United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast. Sofia is the Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the Youth Leadership Forum, held for the last 15 plus years at Rice University with the motto of “Engage, Educate, Empower: By Service We Lead.”
A native of Argentina, Sofia is a Co-Host & Co-Producer of Latina Voices: Smart Talk. Sofia has been recognized for her public service by the City of Houston with a proclamation of July 10, 2004 and December 18, 2018 as “Sofia Adrogué Day.” Sofia is the mother of Sloane, Schuyler, and Stefan, and is married to fellow Rice graduate, Sten Gustafson. 




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  • Caroline Baker
Hon. Caroline Baker (Co-Editor), A fifth-generation Texan, Caroline Baker served the citizens of Harris County as a judge for 21 years before retiring at the end of 2018 as a senior judge. Prior to the bench, she was a partner in the litigation firm of McFall, Sherwood & Sheehy. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law, she is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, an honorary organization of plaintiff and defense lawyers dedicated to the preservation of the right to trial by jury and excellence in the legal profession. Candidates are nominated and elected by the members of the organization and must have a proven record as a trial lawyer. Judge Baker is consistently rated “Outstanding” in the Houston Bar Association Polls and received the 2017 “Trial Judge of the Year” Award from the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, as well as the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas 2018 Service Award for “Outstanding Public Service in the Community as a District Court Judge.” 
She also is a mediator with a certificate from the AA White Dispute Resolution Center and has served as an adjunct professor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center. Strongly committed to professional service, Caroline serves and/or has served on several committees of the State Bar of Texas, including the Committee on Judicial Ethics, Judicial Section. She has served as Past President of TACTAS and of the ADR Section of the HBA, and has been a member and Chair of a State Bar Grievance Committee. 
Caroline is steadfast in her commitment to education and mentorship. She serves as an HBA mentor and devotes her time to mentoring aspiring lawyers through internships in the court, as well as judging mock trials and mock hearings for students from the Houston law schools. She was instrumental in developing and instituting the Young Lawyers in the Courtroom Program, which is committed to ensuring that young lawyers get speaking opportunities in the courtroom through hearings and trials. She also served as Co-Chair of Houston’s inaugural Teachers Law School, sponsored by ABOTA. Teachers Law School is a program for middle school and high school government and social studies teachers designed to expose them to all areas of the judicial system so that they have the tools to inform and engage their students. In addition, Caroline is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Youth Leadership Forum held for the last 15 plus years at Rice University, with the dedicated mission of “Engage, Educate, Empower: By Service We Lead.” She also is Co-Editor of the Texas Business Litigation treatise, now in its 4th Edition. 
Caroline is a graduate of Leadership Houston (where she received the Patrice Johnson Alumnus Award for Leadership), the American Leadership Forum, the Center for Houston’s Future, and was a member of the Connecting Communities Initiative at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. She has been honored by Aspiring Youth with the “Star for Girls’ Education” Award, was selected by Texas Executive Women as a “Woman on the Move,” and by Houston Woman magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Houston.” Equally committed to community service, she serves and/or has served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations, including BakerRipley, Girls Inc. of Greater Houston (former Chair), The Heritage Society (former Vice President), Hobby Center Foundation, Leadership Houston (former Chair), Houston BARC Foundation (former Secretary); on the Advisory Board of The Chinquapin School; as a Founding Executive Committee Member of the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity; and as a member of Posse Houston Leadership Council. Above all, Judge Baker is devoted to her family – her husband, Bruce Hurley, and three children, Grace (18), Emma (15), and Bruce III (14). 

Contributing Authors

Discovery—Kim J. Askew, K&L Gates, LLP
Speech-Based Torts: Libel, Slander, Business Disparagement and Invasion of Privacy—Chip Babcock, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Damages—David J. Beck, Beck Redden, LLP
Experts Witnesses—Maria Wyckoff Boyce, Hogan Lovells US LLP
E-Discovery—Dawn Estes, Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Litigation—Charles Everingham IV, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Criminal Law in Business Tort Cases—David Gerger, Gerger Khalil Hennessy LLP
Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims in the Commercial Setting—Robin Gibbs, Gibbs & Bruns, LLP
Bankruptcy Ramifications in Business Litigation Cases—Elizabeth M. Guffy, Locke Lord LLP
Business Divorce—Ladd Hirsch, Winstead PC
Contorts—Lamont A. Jefferson, Jefferson Cano
Ethics—Randy Johnston, Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.
The Liability Case—Mark Lanier, Lanier Law Firm
Construction Litigation—Michael J. Mazzone, Haynes & Boone, LLP
Alternative Dispute Resolution—Alice Oliver-Parrott, Alice Oliver-Parrott, P.C.
Selected Causes of Action Unique to the Oil and Gas Industry—James J. Ormiston, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation—Yvette Ostolaza, Sidley Austin LLP
Corporate Governance and Regulatory Proceedings—Evan P. Singer, Jones Day
Evaluating Commercial Cases: Avoiding Icebergs—Harry Susman, Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
Innovations to Improve Jury Trials in Texas—Stephen D. Susman, Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
Third-Party Litigation Financing—Prof. W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell Law School
Employment Law Litigation—A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., Cozen O’Connor
Preservation of Error—Appeal Tactics—Marie R. Yeates, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Antitrust—R. Paul Yetter, Yetter Coleman LLP
Tactical Considerations in Modern Business TrialsJohn Zavitsanos, AZA


Chapter 1: Alternative Dispute Resolution—Issues in Business
Litigation
Chapter 2: Antitrust
Chapter 3: Bankruptcy Ramifications in Business
Litigation Cases
Chapter 4: Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims in the Commercial
Setting 
Chapter 5: Evaluating Commercial Cases: Avoiding Icebergs
Chapter 6: Contorts
Chapter 7: Corporate Governance and Regulatory Proceedings
Chapter 8: Criminal Law in Business Torts Cases
Chapter 9: Damages
Chapter 10: Discovery
Chapter 11: Employment Law Litigation
Chapter 12: Expert Witnesses
Chapter 13: Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation
Chapter 14: Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Litigation
Chapter 15: Ethics
Chapter 16: The Liability Case
Chapter 17: Selected Causes of Action Unique to the Oil
and Gas Industry
Chapter 18: Preservation of Error – Appeal Tactics
Chapter 19: Speech Based Torts: Libel, Slander, Business
Disparagement and Invasion of Privacy
Chapter 20: Third-Party Litigation Financing
Chapter 21: Business Divorce
Chapter 22: Innovations to Improve Jury Trials in Texas
Chapter 23: E-Discovery
Chapter 24: Construction Litigation 
Chapter 25: Tactical Considerations in Modern Business Trials
Table of Cases 
Index