Chairman: Phil C Appenzeller Jr.
Number of partners: 77
Number of lawyers: 115
Languages: Croatian, Dutch, Flemish, German, Korean, Russian, Spanish
Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency:
Consistently ranked by Chambers USA – Texas since 2005, Munsch Hardt’s bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency practice ranks among the largest and most experienced insolvency practices in the Southwest. The firm’s vast experience encompasses virtually all major industries, specifically including energy, health care, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications, transportation and utilities.
The firm believes there are three distinct features that set apart Munsch Hardt’s litigation practice — its abilities, rate structure and how cases are staffed. First, the practice is a team of focused attorneys representing clients in the most intricate business disputes throughout the US. Second, the rate structure for complex business disputes is the starting point of efficiency. Third, the team begin with the fundamental belief that it wants each client to be a client for life. Therefore, the goal is simple — find the most efficient possible solution to each problem.
With 200+ years of combined experience in construction law, Munsch Hardt’s construction team empowers public and private owners, developers, lenders, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to complete some of the most significant construction projects in the US Services include procurement document preparation at all levels of the construction process and the resolution of virtually all types of construction disputes. Lawyers also offer experience in contract negotiation and document preparation related to all phases of the investigation, development, design, management and construction of projects of all sizes and character.
Corporate & Securities:
The firm represents dynamic, growing businesses in transactions and other matters that are critical to their success. Services include M&A, technology contracts, venture capital, corporate governance, private equity, securities offerings and capital raises, family office investments, joint ventures, succession planning and transaction tax planning. In addition, the corporate and securities attorneys offer outsourced counsel services, including contract review and negotiation, and executive compensation.
Employment & Labor:
Munsch Hardt’s attorneys handle the full range of matters arising from the employer-employee relationship, from dispute avoidance and daily organizational matters, to government audits and litigation. Attorneys provide effective guidelines to help clients navigate the web of federal and state employment laws. They also train supervisors and managers, preparing them to properly administer and oversee the employer’s standards of behavior and performance.
The firm represents clients in diverse segments of the energy industry, including exploration and production, gathering and processing, oilfield services, refining and marketing, renewable and alternative energy and transportation, storage and terminalling. Clients include private individuals, private equity funds, joint ventures, master limited partnerships, closely-held entities and publicly-traded entities. The firm handles complex mergers and acquisitions, financing and debt restructuring transactions, immigration and employment issues, arbitration and litigation.
Munsch Hardt’s environmental practice represents clients on regulatory compliance, provides guidance on environmental issues arising out of corporate and real estate transactions and represents defendants and plaintiffs in federal, state, civil and criminal environmental and toxic tort litigation throughout the United States. The firm’s client roster encompasses public and private companies; energy suppliers; petroleum companies; transportation companies; real estate developers and investors; venture capital funds and other financial institutions; manufacturers; instrumentalities; state agencies and other governmental bodies; citizens’ groups; educational and other nonprofit institutions.
Munsch Hardt’s lawyers advise international, national and regional banks, venture capital groups, investors and other financial institutions as lenders, issuers, underwriters, credit enhancers and servicers, and have a proven ability to handle complex, innovative transactions, as well as the routine transactions where controlling cost is essential. In addition the firm handles restructuring and workout aspects of troubled loans and represent creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. On the borrower side, the firm manages all parts of the debt capital structure for companies active in a range of business sectors.
Through knowledge of the legal, political and business context in which immigration and naturalization concerns arise, Munsch Hardt’s immigration practice enables clients to operate successfully in a world where capital and business opportunities have no borders. The team’s understanding of the bureaucratic intricacies and its frequent interaction with US DHS, DOL and DOS, as well as their counterparts around the world, assures attorneys’ ability to effectively represent the clients. The firm work with companies to address visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel, including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees and students. It is because of this dedication to excellence that Munsch Hardt is ranked by Chambers USA –Texas and named the 2017 ‘Immigration Law Firm of the Year – Texas’ by Corporate INTL magazine.
Munsch Hardt’s insurance recovery practice is driven by experienced and respected insurance lawyers who are committed to solving problems for clients and maximizing their insurance investments. Whether handling companycritical coverage disputes, giving advice on various forms of captive insurance, assisting with risk management and insurance procurement issues in transactional settings, conducting due diligence or navigating representations and warranties coverage for a merger or acquisition, Munsch Hardt’s attorneys possess the knowledge and experience guide clients through the challenging insurance minefield.
Ranked consistently by Chambers USA – Texas, the firm proudly houses one of the strongest real estate practices in the Southwest. The team focuses exclusively on commercial property transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, developments, financings, construction, leasing, zoning and workouts. The breadth of the practice enables us to cross boundaries from office, retail and industrial to hospitality, multifamily, senior living and student housing projects. These clients include developers, investors, lenders, tenants, national real estate companies, pension funds and fund advisors, private equity funds, property management companies, REITs and more.
Munsch Hardt’s tax attorneys work closely with clients to provide practical solutions to tax issues designed to maximize tax efficiencies and minimize tax and business risks in achieving business objectives. The firm's tax attorneys provide a wide range of tax services, including federal and state income tax planning, estate tax planning and asset preservation and representation of client interests in tax controversies involving the IRS and state tax authorities.