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Marisa Secco Giles
Marisa Secco Giles
Partner — Commercial & Business Litigation
Partner — Commercial & Business Litigation

Marisa Secco Giles

Marisa Secco Giles

2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746

start quote symbolI'm an aggressive litigator who's not afraid to take a case to court. Whether a case ends up in trial or we pursue a settlement, my goal is always to reach a quick, favorable, and strategic resolution for my clients.end quote symbol
Marisa Secco Giles

Experience Highlights

  • Defending Fortune 1000 energy company in expedited lawsuit challenging major commercial transaction in Pennsylvania state court 

  • Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of four Texas cities of declaratory judgment suit brought by water district in Texas state court

  • Defending monetary authority in two adversary proceedings alleging fraudulent transfer in bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York 

  • Represented independent oil & gas services company debtor in Chapter 15 bankruptcy proceedings in Western District of Texas and related adversary class action litigation; obtained complete dismissal of adversary proceeding class action

  • Defended nutrition company against preliminary injunction sought by dissident shareholders in proxy contest  

  • First chair trial attorney in US Tax Court case involving the allocation of income between corporate agent and principals 

  • Prosecuted breach of merger agreement claim with underlying transfer pricing tax issues in Texas federal court and defended related arbitration on behalf of the sellers of an oilfield services company

  • Defending a foreign monetary authority in a federal lawsuit relating to the R. Allen Stanford $8 Billion Ponzi scheme

  • Representing numerous amici in an appeal pending in the Supreme Court of Texas

  • Assisted in obtaining complete dismissal on basis of ERISA preemption of claims by a class of current and former employees against a large insurance company, asserting that the company’s long-term disability policy violated state and federal law 

  • Assisted in representation of a debt-buying entity in a fraud and breach of contract action in federal district court


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with high honors, 2007 (Chancellor; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Government with high honors, 2004
  • Rules Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas, 2011–2013
  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Fortunato P. Benavides, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2008–2009
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial (Austin), 2021; “Up and Coming” in Litigation: General Commercial (Texas), 2021
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016 and 2017
  • Texas Lawyer, Top 20 “Winning Women” litigation and appellate attorneys (Texas), August 2014
  • Legal 500 U.S., Energy Litigation: Oil & Gas, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Commercial Litigation (Austin), 2021 and 2022
  • Membership Chair: Federal Bar Association Austin Chapter
  • Member: Austin Bar Association; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Access to Justice Rules Subcommittee
  • Vice-Chair: Texas State Bar Court Rules Committee Trial Subcommittee
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas
  • Presiding Officer, UT Law Conference on State and Federal Appeals, June 2, 2017
  • “Pretrial Matters and Injunctive Relief” CLE Presentation, Federal Practice Seminar, April 6, 2016 (co-presenter)
  • “Fifth Third — And Why Stock-Drop Suits Will Live Anyway,” Law360, March 31, 2014 (co-author)
  • “Pretrial Matters/Injunctive Relief,” CLE Presentation, Federal Practice Seminar, February 19, 2014 (co-presenter)
  • “Supreme Court Rules Committee Update,” CLE Presentation, Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 2013 (co-presenter)
  • “Juries and Technology: Revised Texas Civil Jury Instructions Include Warnings about the Internet and Social Media,” The Advocate, Fall 2012 (co-author)
  • “Rules Affecting Practice from the 82nd Legislature,” CLE Presentation, February 2012 (co-presenter)
  • “The Uncertainty and Unpredictability of the Limitations Period For Claims For Benefits Under ERISA § 502(a)(1)(B),” Bloomberg Law Reports, June 2011 (co-author)