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Martin D. Beirne

Senior Partner 
1300 Post Oak Boulevard
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77056
 
Tel:
713.623.0887
Fax:
713.960.1527
 
 

Martin Beirne is a formidable trial lawyer with experience in complex business, intellectual property, market representation/franchise, and antitrust disputes. He represents clients in the energy and automotive sectors, including ConocoPhillips and General Motors.

Martin's expansive practice includes the representation of clients based in the Middle East and Europe in international arbitrations encompassing contractual issues, transactions, and other matters. He also represents corporations, officers, and other individuals in investigations initiated by various government authorities. Martin has advised on internal investigations for major companies dealing with whistleblower matters, claims of racial bias, and allegations regarding sensitive payments, among other issues.

Called a "Lion of the Texas Bar" by Texas Lawbook, Martin has held leadership roles with numerous professional organizations, including the Texas Bar Foundation, American Bar Association, and Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He also serves as the Chairman of the St. Mary's University Board of Trustees and is a director of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Foundation and the Houston Grand Opera.
 
Representative Experience
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Counterfeit Automotive Parts: Represented a major automotive company in global litigation against counterfeit parts manufacturers. Prosecuted the litigation in jurisdictions throughout the United States as well as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Litigation resulted in the seizure of millions of counterfeit materials, permanent injunctions, penalties, and payments to the client.
 
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Bilateral Investment Treaty Dispute: Represented Estonia and its central bank in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes proceeding brought by international investors challenging its closure of a number of banks. The arbitration panel found in favor of Estonia.
 
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Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Represented a major utility and its chairman in obtaining a defense verdict in a lengthy trial alleging claims of breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, and interference with business and contractual relationships.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Recognized as a "Lion of the Texas Bar," Texas Lawbook, November 2015
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2013, 2016, 2017, Listed in Texas for Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, and Oil and Gas Law
 
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Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2016
 
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Named one of Texas' "Top Rated Lawyers®" by ALM/LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell, 2012
 
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Named a "Leader in Texas" by Chambers USA, 2008
 
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Named St. Mary's Law School Distinguished Law Graduate for 2004
 
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Named One of Three "Top Drawer Litigators" in the U.S., Corporate Legal Times, 2003
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Legaltech West Coast 2016, Panelist, "Protecting Against Cyber Hacking and Computer Fraud," June 13, 2016
 
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Law 360, Co-author, "How GCs and Boards Can Brace for the Cybersecurity Storm," March 2015
 
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Texas Lawyer, Co-author, "Cybersecurity in the Energy Age," February 2015
 
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Practical Law, Co-author, "AAA, JAMS and CPR Comparison Chart," February 2014
 
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Corporate Counsel, Co-author, "The Art of (Litigation PR) War," 2013
 
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Preface, Innovation and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Critical Reflections on the Virtues of Profit, Ed. H. Tristram Englehardt, Jr. and Jeremy R. Garrett, M & M Scrivener Press, 2008
 
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Co-author, "Climate Change and the Law," Energy Magazine, Fall 2007
 
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National Law Journal, Co-author, "'And They're Off!': How Federal Courts are Implementing the December 2006 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Allocating Burdens and Costs and Access to Opponents' Systems and Equipment in Electronic Information Discovery," Edited version published as "How the courts are applying new rules," March 19, 2007
 
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Executive Counsel, Co-author, "New Rule Could Shake Up E-Discovery," January-February 2007
 
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American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel, Co-author, "The Illusory Safe Harbor of Rule 37(F)," December 2006
 
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Andrews Litigation Reporter, Co-author, "Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(2)(B) and The 2006 Amendments: How the Federal Courts Will Implement Two-Tier Discovery of Electronic Information," November 2006
 
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Law Technology News, Co-author, "Technology on Trial: Put on Your Parachute," November 2006
 
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GC News (Texas General Counsel Forum), Co-author, "The Fear of Alternative Fees," May 2006
 
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Houston Business Journal - Business Survival Guide, Co-author, "Electronic Information - A Trap for the Unwary in Business Litigation," April 2006
 
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Houston Business Journal, Business Survival Guide, Co-author, "The Art of War and Public Relations: Strategies for Successful Litigation PR," April 2006
 
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American Lawyer, Co-author, "Controlling the Cost of E-Discovery Through Preparation and an Organized Response," December 2005
 
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Corporate Counsel, Co-author, "Exploration in Disputed Territories," October, 2004
 
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The European Lawyer, Co-author, "The High Price of Drug Politics," October, 2004
 
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The Federal Lawyer, Co-author, "Judicial Control Over Questionable Jury Verdicts," June, 2004
 
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Co-author of Articles, Journal of Legal Economics
 
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Co-author of Articles, For the Defense
 
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Co-author of Articles, West Legal Publications
 
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Texas Business Litigation Forms\FAST, (Co-Author), West, 1993
 
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Texas Business Litigation Express Forms, West, 1993
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, Chairman
 
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State Bar of Texas
 
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Houston Bar Association
 
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American Bar Association
 
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American Law Institute
 
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Defense Research Institute
 
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Institute for Transnational Arbitration
 
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Texas Association of Defense Counsel
 
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Environmental Law Institute Associates Program
 
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American Bar Foundation - Fellow
 
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Texas Bar Foundation - Board Trustee, Director, Fellow
 
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Houston Bar Foundation - Director, 2005-2008
 
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Board Member, St. Mary's University Board of Trustees
 
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Director, St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association
 
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Director, University of Houston Law Review
 
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Advisory Director, University of Houston Law Foundation
 
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Board of Advisors, International Lawyers Network
 
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Commissioner, Texas Access to Justice Commission
 
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Greater Houston Partnership, Business Issues and Environment Committees
 
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Uptown Houston Association
 
Related Professional Experience
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Captain, U.S. Army, 1969-1971
 

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Martin D. Beirne

Practice
Litigation
Education
J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, 1969; with honors, St. Mary's Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief, 1968-1969
B.S., Spring Hill College, 1966
Bar Admissions
Texas
 
 
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