By all accounts, this trial and appellate attorney…is a bulldog in the courtroom and beyond when she represents business owners and corporations in fiery litigation.
San Antonio Business Journal, 2012

Biography

Elena Villaseñor Sullivan is a Texas trial attorney who primarily handles high stakes business litigation.  Elena understands that litigation is often a means to achieve a business objective. She is known for her ability to simplify the complex, convey her client’s story, create leverage, orchestrate resolutions, shine in the courtroom, and handle issues of first impression in appellate courts.  With her experience seeing good deals go bad, Elena also provides a distinct perspective to clients seeking to strengthen their business and prevent legal disputes in the future. Beyond the courtroom, Elena serves as outside general counsel, overseeing transactions, preparing and improving her clients’ contractual positions, assisting with applications for government permits and licensing, and developing compliance and risk management programs. 

Elena’s clients range from sophisticated multi-national corporations to local family owned companies in a wide-range of industries, including banking, real estate, oil and gas, transportation, technology, and healthcare. For the last 7 years, Elena has been featured in Texas Monthly on Thomson Reuters’ “Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Star” list, an honor awarded to less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

Elena typically handles civil lawsuits, involving breach of contract, business torts (such as fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets), environmental torts, intellectual property infringement, and international probate disputes. She primarily practices before state courts, federal courts, and governmental agencies in South Texas (San Antonio, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley) and New Mexico. She has been involved in civil litigation before the United States International Trade Commission located in Washington, D.C. She also has experience in adversary administrative proceedings involving licensing, permitting and enforcement actions.

Practice Expertise

Litigation:

Elena represents businesses and individuals in all aspects of the dispute resolution process from the inception through trial or arbitration and appeal, if necessary. Elena has the following skills set and approach unique to litigation:

  • Develops and implements strategies to reduce costs of electronic discovery. She has experience preserving, producing, and managing the review of e-discovery, including matters involving over 100,000 electronic document
  • Emphasizes technology in her practice, including effectively utilizes innovative multi-media presentation tools, electronic exhibits, and remote deposition technology.
  • In appropriate cases, Elena recommends the use of jury research studies as a tool to evaluate the case and prepare for mediation and trial.
  • A creative problem solver who, when appropriate collaborates with other professionals, such as public relations firms, government relations firms, and key community stakeholders, to develop overall dispute resolution and/or litigation strategies for client.

Outside General Counsel:

Elena coordinates legal work for companies using efficiencies in staffing and advising on corporate legal strategy.

International:

Elena’s litigation and outside general counsel practices often have international components.  She represents foreign nationals in U.S. courts, advises foreign nationals on U.S. laws and regulations, and serves as their outside general counsel to help ensure all aspects of U.S. laws are being addressed in their U.S. business transactions. Elena also develops compliance programs and evaluates and advises whether transactions comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-money laundering laws.

Career Highlights

Spotlight

In 2015, the President of the State Bar of Texas appointed Elena to Rules of Evidence Committee, which advises the Texas Supreme Court.

  • Obtained a defamation verdict on behalf of a commercial client who lost business as a result of being disparaged.
  • Utilize litigation to effectuate business divorces favorable to my clients, including preserving the practices of several doctors whose partners or other business affiliates attempted to steal their patients.
  • Successfully negotiated and documented several commercial lending multi-million loan workouts for both financial institutions and real estate developers.
  • Obtained a temporary injunction on behalf of a railroad carrier to preserve its property rights and the safety of its workers in the State of Texas.

Community

  • San Antonio Bar Association, 2005–Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association – International Law Section, Officer, 2014–Present
  • Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, 2009–2010, 2016
    • LEAD Steering Committee
    • Community Service Committee
  • Junior Achievement South Texas, 2010–Present
    • Director
    • Volunteer
  • National Association of Women’s Business Owners, San  Antonio Chapter, Fostering the Entrepreneurial Dream, Committee, 2009–Present
  • Community Justice Program, Just Take One, Volunteer, 2005–Present
  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce & San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Leadership San Antonio, Class 37
  • San Antonio North Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lab, Class of 2011
  • Witte Museum, Development Committee, 2013–2015
  • San Antonio Food Bank, Volunteer, 2007–2010

News & Events

  • Events

    Jackson Walker attorneys bowl to support the 12th Annual Fort Bend Corporate Challenge

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  • Attorney News

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 36 ‘Super Lawyers – Rising Stars’

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    San Antonio Partners and Counsel Named ‘Best S.A. Lawyers’

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    Elena Sullivan Appointed to State Bar Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 32 ‘Super Lawyers – Rising Stars’

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  • Press release

    Elena Villasenor Sullivan Joins the Lead SA Board of Directors

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    San Antonio Jackson Walker Women Receive ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award

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    Jackson Walker Named Finalist for ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award

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    Elena Villaseñor Sullivan Named Club Leader of the Future by “Latino Leaders”

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    Elena Villaseñor Sullivan Speaks at Texas Society of Professional Engineers Conference

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    San Antonio Partners and Counsel Named ‘Best S.A. Lawyers’

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 29 ‘Super Lawyers – Rising Stars’

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    Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: When Your Client Conducts Business Abroad

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    Elena Villaseñor Sullivan Speaks on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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    Jackson Walker Named a “Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies” in Litigation

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 24 ‘Super Lawyers – Rising Stars’

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  • Attorney News

    Elena Villaseñor Sullivan Wins San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 13 “Rising Stars”

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    DOJ and SEC Continue to Aggressively Enforce FCPA Despite Recent Setbacks

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