Veteran counsel with proven track record handling complex contracts and transactions, antitrust, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, real estate, procurement, service agreements, advertising, government agencies and credit matters for major companies in the oil and gas industry and many others requiring negotiating and drafting expertise.
Key Skills: Effectively communicating with superior legal, writing, interpersonal, business and analytical skills. Developing innovative policies, strategies and practices to meet corporate goals. Marshalling multi-disciplinary teams. Assumes ongoing projects without supervision. Negotiation and draftsmanship. Consummate deal maker, not breaker.
Academic Distinction: Top third of graduating class at University of Texas School of Law. Graduated with Special Honors in Plan II at the University of Texas at Austin. Member Phi Delta Phi legal honor society and Phi Beta Kappa.
Licensed: Texas. Admitted: U.S. Supreme Court, multiple Federal courts. Adjunct Professor: Univ. of Houston School of Law, 1984-85. Mediation Certificates: U. of H. School of Law and So. Texas Law School (92 hours advance training). Community Involvement: Director, Houston Downtown Management District 1993-2008.
Served as sole back-up to General Counsel at Cardtronics for 5 months and returned for a second stint three years later. Negotiated complex ATM sponsorship agreements with banks and ATM placement agreements with retailers, vendor agreements, office leases, hardware and software licenses, advertising agreements.
Served as sole back-up to General Counsel in two stints at U.S. Concrete for 7 months. Negotiated and drafted construction subcontracts, vendor/supplier and confidentiality agreements. Drafted agreement for acquisition.
Negotiated and documented connection agreements for Kinder Morgan, Enterprise and Teppco. Drafted definitive agreements for pipeline interconnects that included a multitude of subcontracts for labor and materials.
Served as lead counsel for procurement of patented technology for Greenfield project for Westlake. Sent to London repeatedly to negotiate and draft license agreements for a refinery construction project in Saudi Arabia.
Formulated and negotiated deals realizing 40% more revenue from asset sales than predicted for Equilon.
Planned scheme of service and supply agreements to support Motiva and Equilon. Constructed and implemented
over 100 contracts to furnish materials, know-how and staffing to help operate new Texaco/Shell joint ventures.
Preserved relationship between Mario Andretti and Texaco. Devised creative solution to a complex dispute with Mario Andretti and reached settlements with 11 dealers whose stations were conveyed in the $9 million transaction.
Law Office of Gary L. Marks, 2010 – present. Commercial and transactional matters handled through my firm or as fulltime in-house consultant through affiliation with top tier placement agencies. Representative clients include Ascend Performance Materials LLC, U.S. Concrete, Inc., Champion Technologies, Inc. and Cardtronics, pl.
Assistant General Counsel, Kinder Morgan, Inc., (3 years) Also served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Plantation Pipe Line Company (KM/ExxonMobil joint venture). Responsible for all non-regulatory commercial and litigation matters for pipelines and terminals operated by products pipeline organization.
Law Offices of Gary L. Marks, 2002 – 2007. Numerous successful long term in-house contract attorney assignments (individually and through agencies). Examples: 2007 at Enterprise Products Partners LP and Teppco Partners L.P.; 2006 at Hartman Realty and CITGO Petroleum; 2004-2006 at Westlake Chemical Corp.
Senior Attorney, Equiva Services LLC (Texaco/Shell joint ventures Motiva and Equilon) (4 years) Lead counsel for selected high exposure franchise, marketing, divestiture, joint venture, real estate and antitrust matters.
Senior Attorney, Texaco Inc. (13 years) Attorney (6 years) Principal legal advisor to numerous Texaco affiliates, business units and service departments including (among others) refining, marketing, purchasing, corporate services, information technology, chemical operations, real estate, public & government affairs, and advertising.
Earlier legal work as Attorney with the Houston law firm of Crain, Caton & James. Began career as a Briefing Attorney, Texas Court of Civil Appeals (14th District) where he authored initial drafts of 50 appellate opinions.