HOUSTON – June 27, 2017 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that the firm’s construction directors, Patrick E. Gaas and Heather E. Asselin, have been selected as Charter Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, while director Richard L. Reed and of counsel Brad L. Sklencar have been selected as Fellows of the CLSA.
- Gaas is a director and section head of the construction and surety practice located in Houston. He has over 25 years of experience and is regularly engaged by owners, contractors and design professionals to handle some of the largest commercial and industrial disputes and transactions in the U.S. and internationally. Gaas’ practice focuses on representing owners, sureties, general contractors and subcontractors, emphasizing the investigation and administration of construction contract and subcontract defaults on behalf of owners, sureties and general contractors in workouts, document preparation, litigation and arbitration.
- Asselin, a director in the construction and surety practice, focuses on commercial and construction litigation. She has successfully handled a wide spectrum of complex disputes on behalf of clients in a wide variety of areas, including securities fraud, personal injury, wrongful death, contract claims, employment discrimination claims, breach of fiduciary duty and defamation. She also practices before the American Arbitration Association.
- Reed is the director in charge of the firm’s San Antonio office and a past chair of the construction law section of the Texas State Bar. He is board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Arbitration Panel of Neutrals and is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators. He also teaches construction law as senior lecturer/adjunct professor for the Construction Management Degree Program at The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Architecture.
- Sklencar is of counsel in the construction and surety, litigation and labor and employment sections of the San Antonio office. He represents clients in a wide variety of legal matters including commercial contract drafting, dispute resolution, litigation, general and professional liability defense, and employer/employee relations including drafting and enforcement of employment covenants (non-compete and non-solicitation covenants), and wrongful termination and discrimination claim defense. Sklencar is board certified in Construction Law and Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
The CLSA is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. Fellowship is limited and selective, with lawyers being invited into fellowship upon a proven record of excellence and accomplishment in construction law at both the trial and appellate levels. Lawyers nominated or selected may be in any discipline in the construction law arena, including contract specialization, negotiations, litigation, arbitration, appellate and/or surety law, and who also have additional superior ethical reputations. The CLSA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy and ethical standards in construction law and fostering a scholarly and advanced exchange of ideas in all practices related to the specialty.
About Coats Rose, P.C.
Coats Rose is a business transaction and litigation law firm based in Houston with a team of more than 90 attorneys who bring value to clients and perform legal work at the highest standards. For over 30 years, the firm has leveraged its vast legal experience to fulfill clients’ needs in numerous transactions and controversies, spanning construction/surety law, real estate law, affordable housing and community development, public finance, bankruptcy and business reorganization, commercial litigation, corporate and securities, insurance law, intellectual property, government relations, labor and employment law, mergers and acquisitions, tax, wealth planning and preservation, and health care. In addition to its headquarters in Houston, Coats Rose has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and New Orleans. Learn more at www.coatsrose.com.