Yasser Madriz

Practices

Education and Clerkships

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

Honors B.Sc., McMaster University, 1998

Admissions

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

Languages

Spanish

Profile

Yasser Madriz is a trial lawyer with extensive experience handling complex, high-stakes litigation in federal and state court. Yasser has played key roles in various multi-billion dollar cases filed throughout the United States. Yasser represents both plaintiffs and defendants from a wide array of industries in a broad range of business, commercial, and energy litigation matters. Over the past several years, Yasser has focused his practice on cases involving technology and intellectual property disputes, trade secret theft, and unfair competition claims. While Yasser particularly enjoys handling complex intellectual property disputes, he has experience with a variety of litigation matters, ranging from franchise-related controversies to contract disputes to insurance and re-insurance coverage claims.

As a former transactional attorney prior to joining the firm’s litigation practice, Yasser also has leveraged his transactional background to help clients solve complex transaction-based disputes, business organization controversies, and derivative actions. Yasser is able to dissect complex business and commercial disputes from the perspective of both a litigator and a transactional lawyer – an asset from which many of his clients have benefited.

Yasser’s primary focus in every litigation matter is finding a business solution that makes his client happy. An avid negotiator, Yasser uses his negotiation prowess to bring about favorable results for his clients in settlement proceedings and mediations. But Yasser also understands that litigation sometimes cannot be avoided and is fully equipped to fight for his clients and to advance their positions in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations.

As a native Nicaraguan, Yasser is a proud supporter of the firm’s diversity initiatives and an active member in the Hispanic Bar Association. Yasser's Latin American roots and fluency in Spanish have additionally 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
  • United Way Young Leader
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow - 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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