For over 39 years, Murray Fogler has represented clients in high-stakes commercial litigation. He has tried over 100 cases to a jury in state and federal courts. Murray’s clients will tell you he is known for his efficient and common-sense approach to litigation. Murray is a trial lawyer, not a litigator, and keeps his focus on the end goal—achieving a favorable result for his client in a cost-effective manner.
Murray is consistently recognized as one of the best lawyers in Texas. He is recognized by Chambers USA as a top-ranked lawyer for commercial litigation in the state. And Murray is one of the few lawyers in Texas who is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow in the International Society of Barristers, and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Charles Kelley is the Houston office Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice leader. With active practices in both commercial litigation and restructuring and bankruptcy, Charles regularly represents global corporations in the oil, energy, construction, engineering, manufacturing, financial services and real estate sectors, among others.
Charles has litigated commercial cases in federal and state courts for twenty four years and also offers significant experience with international arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings. He has obtained successful awards, verdicts and judgments at trial, and has facilitated the successful resolution of hundreds of other cases through settlements.
In his bankruptcy and restructuring practice, Charles has represented clients in numerous bankruptcies, workouts, adversary proceedings, evidentiary proceedings and contested matters. Charles has also represented numerous lenders, creditors and other parties in business restructurings in the energy, hospitality, construction, manufacturing and transportation industries.
Having previously worked as a mechanical engineer for Amoco Oil Company, in the capacities of project engineer, inspection engineer, and unit maintenance engineer in Amoco’s largest and most complex refinery, Charles brings a commercial business approach to his practice of law.
A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin.
Samy has over 15 years of experience handling government investigations, trials, and appeals. He represents executives and companies in investigations by government agencies (DOJ, SEC, IRS, EPA, CFTC, FERC, Texas Attorney General) in areas such as FCPA, environmental, tax, commodities trading, antitrust, bankruptcy and mortgage fraud, health care fraud, immigration, and False Claims Act cases. Samy has first-chaired numerous federal trials and argued multiple appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and in “Best Lawyers in America” for White-Collar Criminal Defense.
Jennifer Laurin joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 2009. Professor Laurin studies and writes about how law and institutional design shape the functioning of criminal justice institutions. Her scholarship has considered, the role of constitutional litigation in regulating police, the shared roles of courts, police, and lawyers in regulating forensic science, and oversight of indigent defense. Professor Laurin is a co-author (with Michael Avery, David Rudovsky, and Karen Blum) of Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation, the leading treatise in that area of civil rights litigation.
Professor Laurin is active in criminal justice law reform efforts. She currently serves as Reporter to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Standards Task Force charged with updating the 1996 3rd Edition Discovery Standards, and she is the former Chair of the Texas Capital Punishment Assessment team, organized under the auspices of the American Bar Association.
Professor Laurin received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Earlham College. She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an Executive Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Griesa of the Southern District of New York and Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and spent several years as a litigation associate with the New York City civil rights firm of Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP (formerly Cochran Neufeld & Scheck, LLP).
Jim Marcus is a graduate of the University of Texas Plan II Honors Program and the University of Houston Law Center. Since 1993, Mr. Marcus has represented death-sentenced clients at every level of state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, first with the Texas Resource Center and then with the Texas Defender Service, a non-profit capital defense project he helped found in 1995. Mr. Marcus served as the Executive Director of Texas Defender Service from 1997 until stepping down in the summer of 2006 to join the Capital Punishment Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to co-directing the Capital Punishment Clinic, Mr. Marcus trains and supports capital habeas counsel in Texas cases and lectures in capital defense seminars across the nation.