Yasser Madriz


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2002

Honors B.Sc., McMaster University, 1998


Texas, 2002

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit




Yasser Madriz is a partner in the Business Litigation Section. He has extensive experience handling complex, high-stakes commercial litigation and has played key roles in various high profile cases filed throughout the United States. His cases cover a range of commercial issues, including business organization and complex transaction-based disputes, franchise-related controversies, energy litigation (oil, gas and power), contract disputes, and insurance and re-insurance coverage claims. Yasser's Latin American roots and fluency in Spanish have enabled him to develop experience in representing Latin American clients in international and cross-border disputes.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2012

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Employees Get What? What Texas Employers Need to Know About Mexican Labor and Employment Law," co-author with Felicity Fowler and Meghaan McElroy,The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2012. 
  • "Annual Review of Litigation, Chapter 3: Appellate Practice," contributor, with Kendyl Hanks and Mark Trachtenberg, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, April 2011. 
  • "Working With the Seven-Hour Time Limit for Depositions in Federal Court," co-author with Ben Allen, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, November 17, 2010. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • American, Texas, and Houston Bar Associations
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • United Way Young Leader
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow - 2012

Selected Client Representations

Noteworthy Engagements

  • Partnered with other law firms to represent the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer in a trade secret litigation case that resulted in a $200 million settlement. 
  • Part of legal team that successfully obtained bankruptcy court recommendation and district court confirmation of client's multi-billion plan of reorganization over competing plan in a four-week contested hearing. 
  • Part of legal team in bankruptcy adversary proceeding involving administrative claim for approximately $200 million in federal and state income tax payments made on behalf of debtor. 
  • Summary judgment in favor of HCC Employer Services, Inc. declaring rights to coverage under errors and omissions insurance policy. 
  • Summary judgment in favor of Houston Casualty Company against Lexington Insurance Company for reinsurance coverage arising out of forced evacuation of Universal Studios, Florida. 
  • Summary judgment in favor of AMC and Asarco Incorporated against two insurance companies attempting to impute them with multi-million dollar liability. 
  • Summary judgment in favor of InMotion Pictures, Inc. dismissing all commercial claims and resulting in a take-nothing judgment. 
  • Summary judgment in favor of American Wires in trade secret misappropriation case. 
  • Summary judgment in favor of client in discrimination case and resulting in take-nothing judgment. 
  • Procured judgment for franchisor for damages, recurring fees, and attorneys' fees for breach of franchise agreement. 

Representative Matters

  • Ongoing representation of Latin American and other international companies in cross-border litigation, arbitration and other disputes. 
  • Ongoing representation of international energy companies in complex, high-stakes litigation matters, including complicated transaction-based controversies, business organization disputes and derivative suits. 
  • Ongoing representation of international franchisors in franchise-related litigation. 
  • Ongoing representation of debtors and creditors in bankruptcy and adversary litigation. 
  • Ongoing defense and prosecution of agency, underwriter and reinsurance disputes. 
  • Ongoing representation of energy companies in toxic tort litigation involving personal injury and property damage claims. 
  • Managed large scale e-discovery projects in numerous complex, high-stakes domestic and international litigation matters. 

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