E. F. Mano DeAyala - Partner

E. F. Mano DeAyala


E. F. Mano DeAyala serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. His practice consists primarily of complex commercial litigation, dispute resolution and contract negotiation. He has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation and business matters, including oil and gas cases, real estate cases and transactions, securities litigation, shareholder and partner disputes, officer and director liability cases, employment and non-compete cases, professional liability cases, and construction cases. In addition, he serves as legal advisor to several businesses and executives.

Mano has tried several cases to verdict and judgment in numerous state and federal courts, as well as domestic and international arbitrations and mediations. He has litigated more than forty cases to judgment. He has obtained for his clients more than a twenty judgments, awards and settlements exceeding $1 million. He has represented clients (U.S. and foreign) in courts and arbitrations throughout Texas and in Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Utah, Virginia and England.

Mano has achieved the highest possible peer rating, AV Pre-eminent, by Martindale-Hubbell, for his Business Litigation practice. He’s been named one of the top Texas Business litigators by Texas Super Lawyers since 2011. He has been recognized Best Lawyers in Houston, H Texas Magazine and Best Lawyers in America. He is a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation.

Prior to joining Buck Keenan in 2010, Mano was a senior partner with Thompson & Knight LLP, where he served clients as a counselor and trial lawyer for 16 years. He received his law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 1992 and a bachelor’s degree in business (finance) from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988.

Mano is an active participant in his community. He is Vice President and a member of the board of directors of the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association serving nearly 7,000 community youth athletes. He serves as Vice President and member of the “C” Club of Houston, an organization made up of 100 Houston area businessmen and professionals supporting the election of candidates possessing high moral principles and a clear vision of the future. He also serves as board chairman of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas.

He is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of legal topics including: “Fair Housing Act: Issues Facing Real Estate Professionals,” 2010; “Anatomy of International Arbitration,” Thompson & Knight Annual Energy Industry Symposium, 2009; “Anatomy of International Arbitration,” 2008; “Texas High Court Broadens CGL Coverage of Construction Defects,” Houston Business Journal, 2008; “Responding and Objection to Discovery Under the Texas Rules,” 2007; “Business Travelers Find Money Talks, But In Different Languages,” Houston Business Journal, 2007 “Electronic Discovery – Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Document Retention and Destruction in Texas, August 2006; “Issues Relating to the Purchase of Acreage,” Fort Worth Business Journal, 2001; Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2005; “Real Estate Agent and Broker Liability in Texas,” Houston Association of Realtors, 1996; “Defense of Sexual Misconduct Allegations in Civil Lawsuits,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1994; “Sex, Lies and Video Torts,” Ninth Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1993; “Professional Liability Newsletter (Non Medical)”, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Winter 1993, Spring 1994.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Solicitor, England and Wales

E. F. Mano DeAyala