Lance practices in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate, and real estate law. Lance also serves as a risk management advisor to private companies on corporate governance matters.
Lance represents public and private companies and their directors and officers in high-stakes litigation arising out of mergers or acquisitions (particularly, venture capital or private-equity financed investments), shareholder derivative cases, and internal corporate investigations. Lance has represented companies in array of industries, including financial services, energy, institutional investing, technology, health care and manufacturing. Lance also represents businesses in litigation related to their intellectual property assets as well as real estate disputes.
Additionally, Lance is an effective advocate for pharmaceutical-industry clients involved in disputes. He has successfully represented drug development companies in contractual and IP litigation, winning a unanimous jury verdict of $5.5 million (plus attorney’s fees) in a breach of contract dispute, and obtaining a verdict enforcing a client’s IP rights in a $296 million suit.
In addition to his litigation practice, leveraging his litigation expertise, Lance provides risk management counseling to companies to effectively minimize risk by proactively identifying and addressing governance and common legal issues involved when good business goes bad. Common legal issues include breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property protection and enforcement, and shareholder derivative actions.
Before joining Michael Best, Lance was a member of entrepreneurial law firm RWR Legal in Austin. Previously, he was an Associate in the Dallas office of a national full-service law firm where he focused on commercial litigation and e-discovery. Earlier in his career Lance practiced with a full-service firm in Maui, Hawaii, where he specialized in complex civil litigation matters in the areas of business, real estate, and personal injury law.