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Karl S. Stern

Term: 2014 —2017

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Karl is Head of the Vinson & Elkins’ global Litigation Department and serves on the firm’s Management Committee.  For nearly 30 years, Karl has tried cases to juries, courts, and arbitrators in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. and before domestic and international arbitral tribunals. Many of his cases involve complex transactions in the energy industry, including international energy investments, joint ventures, gas and power trading and marketing, and the development, acquisition, sale, and ownership of oil, gas, renewable energy, and power assets. Karl’s cases also involve corporate, LLC, and partnership governance, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and shareholder rights. Karl also litigates antitrust claims. He has been recognized in the areas of business litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and antitrust in The Best Lawyers in America®.

Education and Professional Background
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1982
Southern Methodist University, B.A./B.S., 1979
Admitted to practice: Texas, 1982; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
Professional Recognition
"Leading lawyer" in energy litigation, Legal 500 U.S., 2008 - 2011
The Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation, 2005 - 2011; alternative dispute resolution, 2006 - 2011; antitrust law, 2006 - 2011
Named by Euromoney's 2011 Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, oil and gas, and securities litigation
"Partner to Know," Global Arbitration Review's GAR 100, 2009
"Texas Super Lawyers," Texas Monthly, 2004 - 2010
Activities and Affiliations
Member: International Bar Association; Antitrust and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association; Antitrust and Business Litigation Section (Chair, 1999 - 2000), State Bar of Texas; Federal Bar Association; The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Roundtable
Executive Committee: International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
Former Chair: Houston Bar Foundation
Publications and Presentations
Speaker for professional seminars on securities, antitrust, and trial/arbitration skills topics