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Greg Sapire

Greg Sapire joined Cleveland | Terrazas as a Partner in 2018, after nearly two decades at one of the world’s largest global law firms.
 
Greg has tried cases to judgment in court and to award in arbitration, and has argued cases on appeal in both state and federal courts, representing clients throughout Texas and in other states involving complex (and frequently multi-party) commercial issues including breach of contract and fiduciary obligations, securities fraud, noncompetition obligations, warranty disputes, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, products liability, professional negligence, and regulatory issues.  A significant portion of Greg’s practice involves representing banks and other secured creditors in litigation arising from leasing and lending relationships, including advice on litigation strategy related to foreclosures, workouts, repossession of collateral, and debt collection.  Greg also counsels private sector and governmental-entity clients concerning compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Public Information Act, and the federal Freedom of Information Act. He also represents them in litigation involving these statutes, including disputes over requests to governmental entities to release proprietary, trade secret, or otherwise confidential information.
 
An honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Greg also attended the University of Texas as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from the Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts.

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J.D. with honors, The University of Texas School of Law
 

B.A. with high honors, The University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors Program

Representative Cases

  • Represented a wholly-owned subsidiary of a publicly traded Fortune 500 consumer product manufacturer in a multi-million dollar patent license dispute. 

  • Represented a privately owned plastic product manufacturer in multi-party aggregator suits alleging design and manufacturing defects purportedly affecting hundreds of homes.

  • Represented a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Fortune 500 publicly traded energy company in state tax litigation.

  • Represented buyers and sellers in various disputes arising from asset and stock purchase agreements concerning alleged fraud, breaches of representations and warranties, and post-closing adjustments.

  • Won dismissal of an opt-in class action suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act on behalf of a regional branded convenience store/quick service restaurant operator.

  • Obtained temporary injunctive relief and then a favorable settlement on behalf of a Global 2000 provider of electrical equipment solutions to enforce a former executive employee’s non-compete obligations.

  • Won take-nothing judgment for a Fortune 1000 consumer products company facing multi-million dollar claims of conspiracy to breach fiduciary duty, unfair competition, conversion, and unjust enrichment by a service provider arising out of the parties’ contractual relationship.

  • Won $7.25 million jury trial verdict on behalf of foreign partnership in breach-of-contract dispute over owner-financed transportation assets.

  • On behalf of a NYSE-listed contractor, favorably settled a multi-million dollar software development and outsourcing project dispute before the State Office of Administrative Hearings against one of the largest governmental agencies in Texas.

  • Won summary judgment on behalf of Fortune 500 retailer in land-use and trespass dispute.
    Defended multi-million dollar securities fraud and related claims against a registered investment advisor, affiliates, and its principals arising out of a series of real estate-related Regulation D offerings, while also resolving parallel investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a state securities regulator.

  • Defended U.S.-based international engineering firm against state and federal environmental enforcement actions related to Hurricane Katrina reconstruction projects. 

  • Successfully settled hazardous-waste contamination claims against a national trucking company and an international electronics manufacturer on behalf of a major local municipal solid waste landfill operator in private litigation and parallel administrative proceedings against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

  • Defended privately-held general contractor against multi-million dollar environmental claims by state and county governments and private plaintiffs arising out of construction-project storm water discharges allegedly affecting protected local water resources. 

  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of real estate limited partnership investors for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty against general partners.

  • Defended general partners against claims by foreign limited-partner investors in U.S. real estate limited partnerships for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. 

  • Defended and prosecuted design and construction defect claims on behalf of various design professionals, owners, and contractors.

  • Defended independent directors of a publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company against shareholder-derivative claims in Delaware Chancery Court. 

  • Defended corporate officers in complex, multi-party securities-fraud litigation against a publicly traded medical device manufacturer. 

Honors

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

  • Texas Rising Stars, 2005-2007, Thompson Reuters Legal

  • Acritas StarsTM Lawyer, 2016, 2017

  • Austin Under 40, 2007 Finalist (Legal)

  • 2007-2008 Leadership Austin Essential Class

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Austin Bar Association, At-Large Director (2017-2019)

  • American Bar Association