E. F. Mano DeAyala
Mano received his law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in business finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
- Obtained $10 million verdict on behalf of lenders (including mezzanine lenders) in claims against real estate developers.
- Obtained $20 million award on behalf of U.S. energy concessionaire in London-based ICC and ICSID arbitrations against the Federal Government of Nigeria.
- Obtained take nothing judgment for clients in a multimillion-dollar fair housing discrimination and conspiracy case in U.S. District Court.
- Obtained take nothing judgment on behalf of oil field service company and its employees in the defense of multimillion-dollar non-competition and trade secret lawsuit brought by an industry competitor.
- Represented steel company in ICC arbitration and California Superior Court, in the prosecution of claims against scrap supplier fraud, theft, conspiracy, and breach of contract. Obtained $1.4 million judgment.
- In the defense of breach of contract, fraud, and fiduciary duties claims concerning an oil and gas concession with the government of Cameroon seeking $10 million, obtained take nothing award against Claimant and an award of $296,000 in reimbursement of costs and fees for clients.
- Obtained $10 million settlement on behalf of general contractor in competing multimillion-dollar claims between client and owner concerning construction of a chemical plant.
- Represented shareholders of homebuilder in the defense of oppression and breach of fiduciary duty claims in Alabama Circuit Court and on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. Resulted in favorable settlement.
- Obtained $11 million settlement of claims brought in ICC arbitration alleging breach of contract and fraud involving a west African oil and gas concession agreement.
- Represented shareholder/founder of oil and gas company in the defense of oppression and breach of fiduciary duty claims in Colorado U.S. District Court resulting in favorable settlement.
- Represented founder of a technology company in claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and contract against venture capital investors and attorneys resulting in $10 million settlement.
- Successful representation of judgment creditor in garnishment action against the Central Bank of Nigeria.
- Represented clients in breach of tag-a-long agreement ancillary to sale of securities broker dealer business. Obtained $6.7 million arbitration award.
- Represented industrial gas company in the prosecution of claims against seller and others for fraud and breach of contract arising from client’s acquisition of competitor resulting in multimillion-dollar settlement.
- Represented software developer in copyright litigation resulting in favorable settlement.
- Represented clients in legal malpractice claim concerning the purchase of a business resulting in multimillion-dollar settlement.
- Represented various employers, executives, and professionals in employment and trade secret disputes including, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.
- Represented manufactured and modular home builder in numerous construction-related litigation and arbitration matters.
- Represented real estate brokers throughout the state of Texas relating to claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, statutory fraud, fraud, violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, tortious interference, and negligence.
- Represented Fortune 100 company in multiple landlord-tenant disputes.
- Represented franchisees in matters concerning breach of franchise agreements.
- Represented a foreign energy company in a claim adverse to an Argentina municipality concerning the breach of a development contract, garnishment, and stipulated penalties.
- Represented importer and distributor of mechanical pump OEM and replacement parts alleging conspiracy, conversion, theft, and tortious interference against a group of Chinese and U.S. nationals who copied the products to compete unfairly.
- Represented telecommunication company in a breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and corporate governance action brought by lender and minority shareholders.
- Represented manufacturer of offshore drilling rig in construction defect case.
- Extensive experience representing operators and non-operators in resolving joint operating agreement disputes.
- Represented multiple oil and gas mineral owners throughout Texas for underpayment of royalties.
- Represented claimants and respondents in securities-related arbitrations administered by FINRA (formerly NASDAQ).
Mano DeAyala serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. His trial, arbitration, and appellate practice concentrates on disputes arising in the oil and gas, contract, real estate, construction, business torts, corporate governance, and employment law fields and involves the representation of clients in domestic and international matters. He has represented clients (U.S. and foreign) in courts and arbitrations throughout Texas and in Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Illinois, the U.S. Court of Claims and in England. Mano regularly tries cases to verdict, judgment, or arbitration award.
Prior to joining Buck Keenan LLP in 2010, Mano was a senior partner with Thompson & Knight LLP.
Mano is also actively involved in his community through, among other things, service as United States-Mexico-Canada arbitration panelist appointed by U.S. Trade Representatives in 2020, member of the “C” Club of Houston having served on the executive committee since 2012 and as President in 2017, board member of the Hispanic Leadership Alliance since 2012 and as Chairman since 2017, Trustee of the Houston Realty Business Coalition since 2020, Chairman of Engage Texas 2019-2020, board member of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice having been appointed by Governor Abbott in 2017, Trustee of the Windham School District, board member of the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association since 2011, board member of Heritage Classical Academy since 2019, and member of the Children’s Fund.
Mano is also fluent in Spanish. He and his wife, Melissa, reside in Houston with their three sons. They are members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.
ACCOLADES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Since 2002, Mano has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, a ranking at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers® in America (Real Estate Litigation) since 2012; Texas Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation) since 2011; and Best Lawyers in Houston. He is a Life Fellow of the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations.
A selection of his publications is included below.
- “Anatomy of International Arbitration,” Thompson & Knight Annual Energy Industry Symposium.
- “Anatomy of International Arbitration.”
- “Texas High Court Broadens CGL Coverage of Construction Defects,” Houston Business Journal.
- “Responding and Objection to Discovery Under the Texas Rules.”
- “Business travelers find money talks, but in different languages,” Houston Business Journal.
- “Electronic Discovery – Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Document Retention and Destruction in Texas.
- “Issues Relating to the Purchase of Acreage,” Fort Worth Business Journal.
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
- “Real Estate Agent and Broker Liability in Texas,” Houston Association of Realtors.
- “Defense of Sexual Misconduct Allegations in Civil Lawsuits,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel.
- “Sex, Lies and Video Torts,” Ninth Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas.
- Professional Liability Newsletter (Non-Medical), Texas Association of Defense Counsel.
- State Bar of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- England and Wales (Solicitor)