Vasu Behara

Profile:

Vasu has a broad-based litigation practice. Vasu has taken leadership roles in the local and State bar, community engagement, promoted pro bono and access to justice, and worked hard to develop and fine-tune his litigation skills. From case inception through appeal, he focuses his legal practice on resolving business disputes for individuals, business entities, legal professionals, and insurers in state and federal courts across the nation.

Career:

Almanza, Blackburn, Dickie & Mitchell LLP – September 2017 to Present

250th District Court, Travis County, Texas, the Honorable Karin Crump – Staff Attorney, January 2015 to September 2017

The Brown Firm, PLLC – Partner, April 2013 to December 2014

State Bar of Texas, Legal Access Division – Staff Attorney, September 2013 to August 2014

DLA Piper, LLP – Litigation Associate, October 2007 to April 2013

The Honorable Ricardo H. Hinojosa, U.S. District Judge for Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division – Judicial Clerk, September 2005 to August 2007

Areas of Practice:

Complex Business Litigation
Intellectual Property and Hi-tech
Commercial and Residential Real Estate Litigation
Employment
Trademarks and Copyright
Arbitration
Mediation

Bar Admissions/Professional Organizations:

State Bar of Texas (Admitted 2005)

U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

Austin Bar Association, Board of Directors, Director (2017-2019)

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Board of Directors, Director (2014 – present)

State Bar of Texas, 40th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (2017), Planning Committee, Member

Austin Asian American Bar Association, Public Service Committee, Member (2013 – present)

Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) – Board of Councilors, Member (2011 – 2015)

State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Diversity in the Profession, Vice Chair (10/11 – 09/13)

State Bar of Texas, 40th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (2017), Planning Committee, Member

10th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program (TMAP), Edinburg 2012 – Course Director

11th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program (TMAP), Austin 2013 – Course Director

Austin Young Lawyers Association (Leadership Academy Member – Class of 2012-2013)

Education/Training:

  • University of Texas at Austin – Juris Doctor with Honors, May 2005;
  • Trinity University – Bachelor of Arts, May 2002
  • Certified in Mediation through Texas Civil Practices & Remedies Code, Sec. 154.052
  • Participant in 2012 National Trial Academy, sponsored by TIPS and ABOTA

Civic/Community:

  • Austin Voices for Education and Youth (“Austin Voices”), Board Chair – Non-profit focused on family support and family resource centers for Austin public schools, student leadership, community schools, and education policy (September 2010 to Present)
  • Austin Partners in Education – Mentor of same student since 2009

Publications/Speaking Engagements/Awards:

  • Beyond the Basics: Jury Charge Tips for the Experienced Trial Lawyer – State Bar of Texas 40th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (July 2017)
  • Texas Lawyer’s Appellate Lawyer of the Week (08/2012)
  • Texas Civil Rights Project – Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Hero Award (10/12/11)
  • Texas Access to Justice Foundation – Pro Bono Spotlight (10/28/11)
  • “When Private Information Becomes Public: Responding to a Texas PIA Request,” DLA Piper (02/09/12)
  • “Controlling Issues of Law: Texas Removes Impediment for Interlocutory Appeals,” DLA Piper Litigation Alert (09/14/11)
  • DLA Piper Pro Bono Award Nominee (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)