Shahmeer Halepota

Associate

Shahmeer Halepota

Associate

Shahmeer Halepota is a commercial litigator with mediation, international arbitration, and state and federal trial experience.  His trial experience includes a 16-day federal jury trial and post-trial appellate work.

Mr. Halepota’s previous clients have included various multinational corporations as well as the Republic of South Sudan.  As an associate for the global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, he assisted in representing clients in ICC, UNCITRAL, and ICSID arbitrations and helped 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.

His jury trial experience includes a favorable verdict for an estate in a federal trial against a U.S. bank involving fraud and RICO claims.  He 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 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.

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.

Shahmeer Halepota is a commercial litigator with mediation, international arbitration, and state and federal trial experience.  His trial experience includes a 16-day federal jury trial and post-trial appellate work.

Mr. Halepota’s previous clients have included various multinational corporations as well as the Republic of South Sudan.  As an associate for the global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, he assisted in representing clients in ICC, UNCITRAL, and ICSID arbitrations and helped 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.

His jury trial experience includes a favorable verdict for an estate in a federal trial against a U.S. bank involving fraud and RICO claims.  He 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 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.

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.

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

IN THE NEWS

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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

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