E. F. Mano DeAyala - Partner
Mano DeAyala serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. His trial, arbitration and appellate practice concentrates on disputes arising in the oil and gas, contract, real estate, construction, business torts, corporate governance and employment law fields and involves the representation of clients in domestic and international matters. He has represented clients (U.S. and foreign) in courts and arbitrations throughout Texas and in Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Illinois and England. Mano regularly tries cases to verdict, judgment or arbitration award.
Prior to joining Buck Keenan LLP, 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 from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He is licensed to practice in all Texas courts and as a Solicitor in England and Wales.
Since 2002, Mano has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, a ranking at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers® in America (Real Estate Litigation) since 2012; Texas Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation) since 2011; and Best Lawyers in Houston. 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 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.
Mano is a member of the “C” Club of Houston having served on the executive committee since 2012 and as President in 2017. Founded in 1964, the “C” Club PAC is composed of 100 fiscally conservative Houston business and professional members who make a continuous study of local, Texas government. Mano has served on the Board of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas since 2012 and as Chairman since 2017.
In April 2017, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mano to a six-year term on the board of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice also serving as Trustee of the Windham School District.
Mano also serves as Vice President, board member and youth football coach of the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association serving over 7,000 participants annually.
Mano is also fluent in Spanish. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for more than 25 years and reside in Houston with their three sons. They are members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.
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
United States Court of Federal Claims
Solicitor, England and Wales