Paul J. Franzetti

Paul J. Franzetti

Of Counsel
Houston, Texas

Paul J. Franzetti has practiced law for over 35 years, both in firms and in-house, and has first-hand knowledge and experience to give practical legal advice based on the types of business decisions that the business owner must make.

For many years, Paul primarily engaged in a business trial practice. In his early years, he also practiced in a corporate department of a major law firm - engaged in major corporate deals - as well as 5 years in-house at two different companies. Of those companies, one was a major offshore drilling contractor and the other was a subsidiary of a major oilfield service company where he served as General Counsel.

More recently, Paul has served as Legal Director of a growing consulting firm. He gave strategy advice and made business decisions, as well as a wide variety of in-house legal and business issues.

Paul has dealt with matters directly involving -

   • Upstream oil and gas, particularly focused on oil and gas drilling

   • Real estate

   • Construction

   • Consulting and service industries

and his areas of practice have included -

   • Contract negotiation and drafting

   • Corporate structure and finance requirements

   • Ethics and compliance issues, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Boycott, and software licensing

   • Employment and personnel issues

   • Shareholder dispute resolution

   • Trademark issues

   • Risk management and insurance issues

Dispute resolution in complex general business matters involving litigation and arbitration, including -

   • Securities fraud and antitrust

   • Technology transfer

   • Employment discrimination

   • Construction contract disputes, and oil and gas title disputes

   • Shareholder and partnership disputes

   • International arbitration involving expropriation claims and minority shareholder rights

   • Strategic development for growth

   • Risk management and insurance issues

   • Marketing

   • Assisting non-US businesses set up US operations

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate and Business
  • Family and Divorce
  • Probate and Estate

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • University of Texas
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: With High Honors

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member