Paul J. Zoeller
Paul J. Zoeller’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis in business litigation, products liability, toxic tort, intellectual property and environmental, health and safety matters. He has represented manufacturing, automotive, energy, pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer goods companies in a broad range of contract, products liability, intellectual property, antitrust and other commercial litigation matters. Paul also has represented corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal cases. He has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in numerous product liability, commercial, and criminal matters. Paul also has advised numerous large companies in a wide array of areas, including commercial transactions, antitrust, health and safety, employment, insurance and corporate governance.
Paul spent the last fifteen (15) years as a partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Paul was an Associate General Counsel at Celanese International Corporation, where he was responsible for Celanese’s North American litigation. He also served as an Associate General Counsel at Celanese Chemicals and Hoechst Celanese Corporation, where he was at various times responsible for litigation, employment law, and legal oversight of global environmental, health and safety audits, as well as serving as primary legal counsel for two major business groups with combined annual revenues exceeding $2 billion. Before joining Hoechst Celanese, Paul was an Assistant District Attorney and in private practice in New York City.
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1983
ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
• Texas, New York
Misty L. Pless
Misty L. Pless focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients in breach of contract, business torts, real estate, construction, and employment disputes as well as disputes relating to insurance coverage for property damage, third party liability, and directors and officers. She has represented a variety of clients in the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, construction, automotive, technology, industry, and real estate sectors. She has served as trial counsel and appellate counsel in numerous torts, breach of contract, and construction cases.
Misty was an attorney at Phelps Dunbar LLP for five years prior to spending ten (10) years as an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2003
cum laude (top 6%)
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
Texas, New York
Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, and Western District of Texas
Blaise D. Williams
Blaise Williams has a broad-based litigation practice, primarily focusing on complex commercial and civil litigation. Blaise has represented individual and corporate clients in matters involving business torts, construction, securities, intellectual property, partnership and LLC disputes, ESOP plans, defamation, breach of contract, fiduciary duties, premises and product liability, toxic torts, and employment law issues. Blaise's recent representations include defending President Donald J. Trump in his individual capacity in a defamation lawsuit brought by former The Apprentice-contestant Summer Zervos, representation of a publicly traded multi-billion dollar company in complex litigation against multiple hedge funds and industry analysts concerning a coordinated disinformation and short-selling scheme, representation of company and its founder in employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) litigation, representation of group of institutional investors concerning their residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) claims in excess of $5 billion in the Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy, and representation of the trustee of a creditor's trust in litigation against former executives of bankrupt corporation and other responsible parties for the corporate plundering and mismanagement of company.
Blaise is a graduate of South Texas College of Law, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class and was recognized with several honors, including Magna Cum Laude, Order of Lytae, and Dean’s List. Blaise also competed in numerous moot court and mock trial competitions. In addition to a best advocate award, Blaise won a national moot court championship, a regional moot court championship, and an intramural mock trial championship. As a result, Blaise was honored with the Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award and inducted into The Order of Barristers. Blaise also served as an associate editor for the Corporate Counsel Review and his case-note, “Materiality Not a Prerequisite to Certification: Plaintiffs Need Not Establish Materiality of Allegedly False Statements for Certification of a Securities-Fraud Class Action,” was published in the Corporate Counsel Summer Newsletter. Blaise currently serves as an Adjunct Professor coaching varsity Appellate Advocacy teams at South Texas College of Law.
Blaise completed his undergraduate education at Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Business Management and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2013 magna cum laude The Order of Barristers, Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award, Dean’s List, Dean’s Merit Academic Scholarship
Associate Editor, Journal-Corporate Counsel Review
American Bar Association Moot Court, Regional Champions, 2013
William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court, Finalist, 2013
San Diego Criminal Procedure Moot Court, First Place Team, 2012
Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court, Regional Finalist & Best Advocate, 2012
Summer Academy Mock Trial, First Place Team, 2011
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
B.B.A., 2010 Sigma Alpha Epsilon