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Texas Lawyer Names Manuel Berrelez Among Its "Extraordinary Minorities"

Published: 08-28-2015

Texas Lawyer has named Vinson & Elkins partner Manuel Berrelez to its 2015 list of “Extraordinary Minorities.”

Berrelez, a litigation partner in V&E’s Dallas office, is among just 20 attorneys throughout the state who are being honored this year by Texas Lawyer for their “significant contributions to the law and lawyering in Texas.” Berrelez and his fellow award recipients will be honored at a luncheon at the Belo Mansion in Dallas on November 18, 2015.

An article appearing in the August 31, 2015 edition of Texas Lawyer profiles several of Berrelez’s career successes, including his work on behalf of Patrick Adams, former president and CEO of T Bank in Dallas. Berrelez led the trial team that convinced a federal administrative law judge to recommend dismissal of charges of unsafe and unsound banking practices brought in 2011 by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) against Adams. The OCC filed objections to the decision, but in September 2014, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry dismissed the charges.

Also highlighted is Berrelez’s representation of Dallas Independent School District trustee candidate Miguel Solis, who faced a residency challenge brought by an opponent who wanted him removed from the ballot. After the trial court denied Solis' plea in Lara v. Dallas Independent School District, Berrelez and Solis’ defense team persuaded the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas to stay the proceedings, allowing Solis to remain on the ballot.

Texas Lawyer additionally recognized Berrelez for his involvement in the Dallas Democratic Party and contributions to the local community. Berrelez is an avid supporter of the arts and education, serving as the Vice President of the board of the Dallas Winds and as a member of the board of the non-partisan general-purpose political committee Educate Dallas. Berrelez is also a graduate of the Business Council for the Arts’ 2010-2011 Leadership Arts Class.

Berrelez’s legal practice focuses on contract disputes, fraud and fiduciary duty claims, trade secret claims, securities litigation, class actions and other business torts. He has particular experience representing financial institutions and their directors and officers during all phases of regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings.

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