Overview

With nearly three decades of experience, Pat Gaas is regularly engaged by owners, contractors, and design professionals to handle some of the largest and most challenging commercial and industrial construction disputes and transactions both nationally and internationally, including workouts, document preparation, administrative proceedings, litigation, mediation, and arbitration. In addition, Pat handles or manages a broad variety of other matters for a select group of clients, including financial institutions, doing business both domestically and abroad.

Before joining the firm, Pat was a Shareholder and Director of a well-established law firm, where he served as Section Head in the Houston, Texas office in its construction practice group, then regarded as one of the largest and most accomplished on the Gulf Coast.

Pat has presented seminars to the American Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, and many client groups with topics ranging from litigation strategy, project delivery methods, and construction, design and/or procurement contract provisions, to suretyship, lien laws, and insurance issues.

For many years, Pat has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the field of Construction Law. He has been listed for many consecutive years in The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law, most recently in the 2019 edition. He is listed in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Construction. Pat was recommended by Legal 500 US in 2018 for Real Estate and Construction Litigation. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

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Education

University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (1988) with honors

Texas A&M University, B.B.A. (1985) cum laude

Admissions

Texas (1988)

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

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 Eastern District of Texas

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Construction Industry

State Bar of Texas, Construction and Insurance Sections

Houston Bar Association, Construction and Litigation Sections

Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. – Houston Chapter

Associated Builders and Contractors of America, Industrial Committee, Government Relations Committee, and PAC Member

Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow

Institute of Transnational Arbitration, Member of the Advisory Board

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

London Court of International Arbitration, Member

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

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