Texas Supreme Court Order Adopts International Law Practice Task Force Recommendations

Dallas –  Recently the Texas Supreme Court adopted rules accepting the recommendations of a Task Force on practice of International Law in Texas. The rules are designed to encourage more international practitioners, who are currently admitted to practice law in foreign countries, to become members of the State Bar of Texas.

The initiative began during Joe A. Rudberg’s tenure as Chair of the International Section of the State Bar of Texas (2008-2009) at a meeting in June 2008 with then Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. That meeting led to the appointment by the Supreme Court of a 14-member Task Force in August 2009. The Task Force effort, under Chair Larry Pascal, Vice Chair Leland de la Garza, and the contribution of 14 Task Force members, including Rudberg who also served as Chair of a Drafting Committee for new Rule XIII and various subcommittees of the Task Force, continued through the end of 2012 when the Task Force’s recommendations were submitted to the Supreme Court.

Rudberg is a Partner in the Tax Practice Group of Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office. He has practiced in the international tax field for more than 35 years and represents multinationals, principally foreign clients and their U.S. affiliates, in the planning and implementation of international joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions transactions, international expansion or contraction of operations, international construction projects, and intellectual property ownership and licensing. Rudberg advises foreign energy and financial services clients in planning for their entry into the U.S. market via foreign and domestic legal structures.

Recognized by various publications for his legal work, Rudberg has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (2010-2014) and Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (2003-2004). He has taught graduate level law school courses on international tax and has served as an organizer and lecturer at various seminars and institutes dealing with international legal and tax issues. In June 2012, he was elected as the Regional Vice President for the Dallas Region of the International Fiscal Association.