William P. Geise

Associate

Houston
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Overview

William Geise focuses his commercial litigation practice on distribution and franchise matters, representing heavy equipment and automobile manufacturers. He has a depth of experience in general commercial litigation, which provides an understanding of the potential issues facing businesses. William places high value on quality work and remaining goal oriented in order to achieve the best results for his clients, emphasizing communication and a comprehensive understanding of clients’ particular needs and interests.

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Commercial Litigation
  • Defended Texas-based steel producers and distributors in federal court against claims of conspiracy to boycott.
White Collar and Investigations
  • Conducted interviews, drafted reports and researched potential liability for various infractions in the investigation of a healthcare company for embezzlement, fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in China.
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Experience

Commercial Litigation
  • Defended Texas-based steel producers and distributors in federal court against claims of conspiracy to boycott.
  • Defended upstream natural gas production company owners in Texas state court against claims of fraud, breaches of contractual and fiduciary duties, and shareholder oppression. 
  • Defended a New York-based clothing distributor against claims of breach of contract and warranty.
  • Represented more than a dozen commercial property owners in Texas state court in a tax appraisal contest.
White Collar and Investigations
  • Conducted interviews, drafted reports and researched potential liability for various infractions in the investigation of a healthcare company for embezzlement, fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in China.
  • Defended the owners of charter school service businesses in a D.C. court against accusations of related party transactions and fraud.
  • Researched issues related to the investigation of potential FCPA violations in Guinea, India, Bangladesh and Russia.
  • Investigated related party transactions and fraud in a Houston-based construction business.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association 

Community

  • Houston Urban Debate League: Young Professionals Counsel

Pro Bono

  • Represented a grandmother seeking custody of her granddaughters after the death of their mother.
  • Prosecutes misdemeanor offenses for the City of Houston.

Prior Positions

  • Vinson & Elkins LLP: Associate (2012 to 2015)
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Gray H. Miller, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (2011 to 2012)
  • Office of Texas Attorney General: Law Clerk (2010)
  • Texas Secretary of State: Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State (2007 to 2009)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2012; cum laude; Houston Law Review, Articles Editor; John Black Moot Court Champion; John R. Brown Admiralty Competition Finalist; Order of the Barons
  • B.A., English, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2006

Languages

  • Spanish