Shahmeer Halepota

Associate

Shahmeer Halepota

Associate

  • P: 713-600-4953
  • F: 713-655-0062
  • shalepota@azalaw.com
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Shahmeer Halepota’s sole focus is achieving the most favorable outcome for his client possible.  Mr. Halepota’s broad litigation, arbitration, and mediation experience covers a wide range of disputes, including those in the energy, telecommunications, construction, intellectual property, and auditing and accounting sectors.  Mr. Halepota has served as first chair or co-first chair most recently on:

      • a $100 million-dollar intellectual property dispute involving a medical implant;
      • a $40 million-dollar commercial dispute regarding interpretation of a purchase and sale agreement;
      • a $20 million-dollar construction dispute involving over fifteen parties.

In addition, Mr. Halepota’s representations also include:

      • obtaining a complete take-nothing award in a $100+ million oil and gas dispute;
      • helping secure a $700 million dollar award for a satellite and telecommunications company against the Indian space agency in a Delhi-seated ICC arbitration concerning the repudiation of a long-term lease agreement;
      • aiding the Republic of South Sudan in an ICSID dispute against Sudapet Co. Ltd. concerning disputed oil interests valued at over $1 billion;
      • securing summary judgment on a $17 million legal question regarding the interpretation of a purchase and sale agreement;
      • a favorable verdict for an estate in a federal jury trial against a U.S. bank involving fraud and RICO claims.

Mr. Halepota has also worked on a number of pro bono asylum claims, including obtaining Special Immigration Juvenile Status for three children from El Salvador.

Mr. Halepota was named to the 2022 list of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for commercial litigation. This is a national peer review award developed by Best Lawyers in America to target associates for their outstanding professional excellence early in their careers. He was named on the 2021 and 2022 Texas Rising Stars lists for his excellence in civil litigation. Rising Stars, which is compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

AZA partner and co-founder John Zavitsanos told Texas Lawbook that Mr. Halepota has “developed quickly into a leader, he is always in the HOV lane, always full throttle and has an infectious sense of optimism. His remarkable salesmanship, almost that of a hostage negotiator, got opposing lawyers to drop several construction cases just by talking them out of it.  He led a team of four lawyers on a major construction case.  When Shahmeer first joined that case, the opposition had two lawyers. Today, they have over 20 lawyers and five law firms.  He also exudes the type of confidence that is the hallmark of our firm.”

As a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Mr. Halepota was the Co-President of the Boalt Hall Student Association, a member of the moot court team, and a member of the admissions committee.  While an undergrad at Emory University, he met with U.S. House subcommittee chairmen on behalf of the advisory board of a political action committee.  In his free time, Mr. Halepota enjoys serving as a mentor for The Alphas.

Shahmeer Halepota’s sole focus is achieving the most favorable outcome for his client possible.  Mr. Halepota’s broad litigation, arbitration, and mediation experience covers a wide range of disputes, including those in the energy, telecommunications, construction, intellectual property, and auditing and accounting sectors.  Mr. Halepota has served as first chair or co-first chair most recently on:

      • a $100 million-dollar intellectual property dispute involving a medical implant;
      • a $40 million-dollar commercial dispute regarding interpretation of a purchase and sale agreement;
      • a $20 million-dollar construction dispute involving over fifteen parties.

In addition, Mr. Halepota’s representations also include:

      • obtaining a complete take-nothing award in a $100+ million oil and gas dispute;
      • helping secure a $700 million dollar award for a satellite and telecommunications company against the Indian space agency in a Delhi-seated ICC arbitration concerning the repudiation of a long-term lease agreement;
      • aiding the Republic of South Sudan in an ICSID dispute against Sudapet Co. Ltd. concerning disputed oil interests valued at over $1 billion;
      • securing summary judgment on a $17 million legal question regarding the interpretation of a purchase and sale agreement;
      • a favorable verdict for an estate in a federal jury trial against a U.S. bank involving fraud and RICO claims.

Mr. Halepota has also worked on a number of pro bono asylum claims, including obtaining Special Immigration Juvenile Status for three children from El Salvador.

Mr. Halepota was named to the 2022 list of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for commercial litigation. This is a national peer review award developed by Best Lawyers in America to target associates for their outstanding professional excellence early in their careers. He was named on the 2021 and 2022 Texas Rising Stars lists for his excellence in civil litigation. Rising Stars, which is compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

AZA partner and co-founder John Zavitsanos told Texas Lawbook that Mr. Halepota has “developed quickly into a leader, he is always in the HOV lane, always full throttle and has an infectious sense of optimism. His remarkable salesmanship, almost that of a hostage negotiator, got opposing lawyers to drop several construction cases just by talking them out of it.  He led a team of four lawyers on a major construction case.  When Shahmeer first joined that case, the opposition had two lawyers. Today, they have over 20 lawyers and five law firms.  He also exudes the type of confidence that is the hallmark of our firm.”

As a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Mr. Halepota was the Co-President of the Boalt Hall Student Association, a member of the moot court team, and a member of the admissions committee.  While an undergrad at Emory University, he met with U.S. House subcommittee chairmen on behalf of the advisory board of a political action committee.  In his free time, Mr. Halepota enjoys serving as a mentor for The Alphas.

EDUCATION

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D.
    • Certificate of Specialization in International Law
    • Best Oral Argument Award
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Refugee Law
    • Prosser Prizes for Constitutional Law; International Law; and Mediation for Litigators
    • Senior Editor, Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law
  •  Emory University, B.A., cum laude
    • Continuing Excellence Scholarship
    • Delores P. Aldridge Excellence Award
    • Honor Societies:  Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma

ADMISSIONS

  • Texas
  • New York
  • U.S. Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Eastern District of New York

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2022 list of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Texas Rising Star honors as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business,  2021-2022

IN THE NEWS

EDUCATION
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D.
    • Certificate of Specialization in International Law
    • Best Oral Argument Award
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Refugee Law
    • Prosser Prizes for Constitutional Law; International Law; and Mediation for Litigators
    • Senior Editor, Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law
  •  Emory University, B.A., cum laude
    • Continuing Excellence Scholarship
    • Delores P. Aldridge Excellence Award
    • Honor Societies:  Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma
ADMISSIONS
  • Texas
  • New York
  • U.S. Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Eastern District of New York
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2022 list of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Texas Rising Star honors as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business,  2021-2022

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