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The lawyers at Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. are licensed in the following jurisdictions:
Steve Gordon: Texas, Louisiana & D.C.
R. Todd Elias: Texas, Arkansas

Gordon, Elias & Seely's clients live in many states throughout the country. We can represent clients in other jurisdictions in association with local legal counsel in those jurisdictions.

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Floyd Badeaux v. Magnolia Fleet, L.L.C., et al.

Date Decided: Feb 25th, 2011
Decided By: Louisiana Eastern District Court (Federal) read more

In the Matter of the Complaint of Pride Offshore, Inc.

Date Decided: Feb 2nd, 2011
Decided By: Texas Southern District Court (Federal) read more

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