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George Niño

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EDUCATION
Stanford Law School, J.D. 1989
Yale University, B.A. in International Relations magna cum laude with distinction, 1986
PRIOR EXPERIENCE
Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, 1989 - 1991
U.S. Treasury Department, International Law Enforcement Specialist, 1991 - 1993
U.S. Justice Department, Special Assistant United States Attorney, 1992 - 1993
The Nino Law Firm, 1993 - 2004
Caddell & Chapman, 2004 - 2010
Lanier Law Firm, 2010 - 2012
BAR ADMISSIONS
State of Texas, Admitted 1993
State of California, Admitted 1989
U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th, 9th, and Federal Circuits
MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
California Bar Association
Texas Bar Association
Yale Alumni Association
Stanford Alumni Association
AWARDS AND HONORS
Thomson Reuters-Texas SuperLawyers, 2005
H Texas-Houston's 200 Top Lawyer of the People, 2005 & 2006
H Texas- Houston’s Top Lawyers, 2005 & 2006

With 26 years of experience as a trial attorney, George Niño has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial matters, including bankruptcy-related litigation.  George’s clients have been involved in several different industries, including oilfield services, the upstream and downstream energy sectors, financial services, construction, aircraft safety systems, and shipping. He also has represented over a million consumers in national class action cases involving defective products and improper business practices. George has completed more than 26 jury trials in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including Texas, California, Oklahoma, Delaware and Kentucky. George has recovered verdicts and settlements valued at over $130 million.  He has managed teams of attorneys in all phases of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, and trial.

At Okin & Adams, George manages a commercial litigation docket often involving cases filed in bankruptcy court, which typically result in contentious proceedings and expedited trials. These cases include claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, manufacturing defects, accounting malpractice, theft of trade secrets, and fraudulent conveyance. Clients have included bankruptcy trustees and companies involved in oilfield services, exploration and production, shipping, and real estate development.

Before joining Okin & Adams, George practiced law with the Lanier Law Firm, a renowned firm of trial lawyers with a national practice.  At the Lanier Law Firm, George focused his practice on bankruptcy-related litigation, including litigation regarding the breach of fiduciary duties by directors and officers. His clients included international banks, a hedge fund, and bankruptcy trustees.  George helped these clients recover over $40 million in settlements and verdicts

Before joining the Lanier Law Firm, George was a member of Caddell & Chapman, another boutique litigation firm with a national practice.  At Caddell & Chapman, George worked on complex litigation matters, including class action cases.  George helped his clients, including a large energy company, the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, and consumers, recover over $90 million in verdicts and settlements. George helped negotiate one of the largest class action settlements ever agreed to by the three largest credit reporting agencies by identifying important internal documents, deposing critical employees, and participating in several mediations. The $45 million settlement required the implementation of improved credit reporting practices and received the praise of the California federal court judge. George represented the Quapaw Tribe in Oklahoma federal court against a group of mining companies regarding CERCLA and other claims for environmental damages on one of the largest Superfund sites in the United States.

Earlier in his career, in Washington, D.C., George prosecuted cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and represented the United States in treaty negotiations as an International Law Enforcement Specialist.

George’s singular focus since law school has been to hone his trial skills and become an effective advocate for his clients.  George taught other students trial advocacy at Stanford and was a member of the school’s mock trial team. Later, his desire to become a seasoned trial attorney led George to the United States Attorney’s office where he excelled in trial advocacy courses before prosecuting several jury and bench trials.  Given his national reputation as a successful trial attorney, George has been asked to lecture to other attorneys in Texas, Illinois, and Florida on trial advocacy skills, evidentiary issues, and electronic discovery.

In 2015, George taught a Legal Environment of Management course to graduate students in the University of Houston-Downtown MBA program. Through this course, George addressed ethical issues in several legal areas, including labor law, environmental law, Qui Tam, class action, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.


Representative Litigation Experience:
Counsel to significant creditors, settlement, Accredited Home Lenders Holding Co. (D. Delaware)
White, et al. v. Experian, et al., settlement pending final court approval (C.D. California)
Tetco, et al. v. ExxonMobil, et al., trial verdict following a five-week trial (Texas state district court)
Tetco, et al. v. ExxonMobil, et al., trial verdict following a five-week trial (Texas state district court)
Johnson v. SIGG Switzerland (USA), Inc., appointed co-lead counsel of this multi-district litigation matter (W.D. Kentucky)
Johnson v. Ethex Corporation, class action (Vermont District Court)

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