Gemma L. Descoteaux

Founding Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Gemma L. Descoteaux

Gemma L. Descoteaux

Founding Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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3397

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4

Number of Awards

2

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Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Founding Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Founding Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Managing Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Chairman at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Managing Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Gemma L. Descoteaux
Founding Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Education
J.D, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 1988

We are a global law school community of distinguished alumni residing throughout the United States and in more than 75 countries. Our faculty is well-recognized for its outstanding teaching and scholarly leadership in such areas as dispute resolution (including litigation), international and comparative law, intellectual property, corporate, commercial and tax law. We offer a rich curriculum of over 165 upper class courses in subjects such as oil and gas, health and environmental law. Over one-half of our upper class courses have fewer than 25 students; three-fourths have fewer than 50 students. The first year class is divided into three sections (two full-time and one part-time evening) of approximately 90 students each, with small legal writing sections of approximately 25 students each. We emphasize the vital skill of legal writing through our six-hour legal research, writing and advocacy course and an elective three-hour edited writing seminar. The law quadrangle provides an idyllic setting for learning. The Underwood Law Library houses the largest private law collection in the Southwest. The Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn offers students an elegant backdrop for study breaks and meals. A secure wireless network is available in all law school buildings. Most importantly, our small size fosters a scholarly community that features interaction with faculty, attention to your personal needs, and lifelong friendships. We have an active student government, five respected law journals, six specialized legal clinics and two related projects, numerous moot court and mock trial competitions, and one of the finest Career Services Offices in the country. In addition, students participate in the thriving intellectual life of the school. We have been chosen as the national headquarters for the Appellate Judges Educational Institute. In 2006 the Institute brought over 225 appellate judges and attorneys from across the country to SMU, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the Chief Justices of Texas and Indiana, and the Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit. Recently, the 35 students in our SMU Oxford program assisted with our Supreme Court Summit in which Justices O’Connor, Ginsburg, and Breyer participated, as did Justices from Europe's highest court, the European Court of Justice. In spring 2007, we were honored to host a group of distinguished Justices from the ECJ on campus. A thriving community of scholars call Dedman Law home. Our distinguished faculty, coupled with our intelligent and inquisitive student body personify Robert Dedman's words, "Leadership starts with learning."

B.A. in Economics, cum laude
Class of 1986

Grove City College was founded in 1876. From our inception we have endeavored to provide our students with an excellent education at an affordable cost and from a Judeo-Christian worldview. The College offers an excellent classical liberal arts education by dedicated faculty who are experts in their field. With over 50 programs of study and a curriculum designed to educate the whole person, students are equipped with both specialized knowledge in their chosen major as well as cultural understanding to be leaders across a diverse range of professional fields and industries. Located in a picturesque Pennsylvania town an hour north of Pittsburgh, our students enjoy a campus life that stretches their thinking outside the classroom by engaging in sports, the arts, clubs and other extracurricular activities. And when they graduate, they became part of a worldwide alumni association that provides close personal and professional relationships for a lifetime. Students also enjoy a thriving spiritual life as part of a community that values freedom to explore faith. We practice what we preach. Grove City College maintains competitively low charges along with its superior academic program. The College operates on a balanced budget, refuses federal aid and remains virtually debt-free, proving that higher education can operate responsibly by providing an affordable, first-rate education without government funding or mandates

Memberships
Member
2009 - Current

Founded in 1975 by the Dallas Regional Chamber, Leadership Dallas is a leadership development program that is aimed at providing our city with an ongoing source of diverse leaders who are prepared and committed to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Greater Dallas area.

Member
2000 - Current
Member
Current

The State Bar of Texas (the Texas Bar) is an agency of the judiciary under the administrative control of the Texas Supreme Court. The Texas Bar is responsible for assisting the Texas Supreme Court in overseeing all attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas. It is the fifth largest organization of lawyers in the United States. The State Bar is headquartered in the Texas Law Center at 1414 Colorado Street in Austin.

Career History
Partner
Prior

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides legal services. It represents individuals and corporations in civil and criminal fraud investigations in which they face the potential loss of freedom and damage to their reputations. The company's areas of practice includes appellate, litigation, business & commercial litigation, dispute resolution, government contracts, internal investigations, labor and employment, oil and gas patent, trademark and copyright infringement, product liability and toxic tort securities litigation. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Associate General Counsel
2000 - Prior

EXE Technologies, Inc. provided warehousing, distribution, and supply chain software solutions for e-commerce and traditional sales channels. The company was founded in 1997 and was headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Contract Negotiator
Prior

Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the design and manufacture semiconductor solutions for analog and digital embedded and application processing. It operates through the following two segments: Analog & Embedded Processing. The Analog segment semiconductors change real-world signals such as sound, temperature, pressure or images, by conditioning them, amplifying them and often converting them to a stream of digital data that can be processed by other semiconductors, such as embedded processors. The Embedded Processing segment designed to handle specific tasks and can be optimized for various combinations of performance, power and cost, depending on the application. The company was founded by Cecil H. Green, Patrick Eugene Haggerty, John Erik Jonsson and Eugene McDermott in 1930and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Boards & Committees
Member, Diversity Committee
Prior

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides legal services. It represents individuals and corporations in civil and criminal fraud investigations in which they face the potential loss of freedom and damage to their reputations. The company's areas of practice includes appellate, litigation, business & commercial litigation, dispute resolution, government contracts, internal investigations, labor and employment, oil and gas patent, trademark and copyright infringement, product liability and toxic tort securities litigation. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Member, Host Committee
2011 - 2012

The mission of CCCS of Greater Dallas, Inc. is to empower individuals and families to achieve financial freedom.

Member, Board of Trustees
2005 - 2007

FRIENDS OF WEDNESDAY'S CHILD TRANSFORMS THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE THROUGH EDUCATION.

Member, Philanthropy Committee
Prior

Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) is a catalyst for positive change across the state, with a focused mission and vision to empower strong women to build a better world. Texas Women’s Foundation is a community-supported organization that invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change. Through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking, we advance economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families to build stronger, more equitable communities for all.

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2000

The Women's Museum operates as museum. It educate and inspire present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving and interpreting the evidence of that experience. The company is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Political Donations
$500
2008
$1,000
2008

Former Senator from New York

Transactions
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Avenu Insights & Analytics LLC, Millstein Capital LLC purchase Conduent, Inc. /Software Solutions Business from Conduent, Inc.

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Equifax, Inc., Equifax Information Services LLC purchase CSC Credit Services, Inc. /Credit Services Business from Computer Sciences Corp.

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SolarWinds, Inc., SolarWinds Worldwide LLC purchase DameWare Development LLC

Awards & Honors
2008
Chambers Global - World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate and M&A Transactions
Admitted to the Texas Bar
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