Shana Merman is a complex commercial litigation attorney with broad experience practicing in Dallas and Houston courts. For eight years, Shana practiced in Dallas at a large international law firm and garnered extensive experience litigating complex business disputes with issues typically stemming from mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance, employment issues, and contractual disputes. Shana then transferred to Houston to work in oil and gas litigation concentrating on negotiating workouts for various energy partners.
Shana is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She then went on to attend Baylor Law School to earn her J.D.
Prior to joining FSC, Shana provided counsel to clients in complex commercial matters. She assisted investors, banks, and other corporate clients in numerous multi-million-dollar real estate disputes, represented an international company in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation and compliance review, represented a national home healthcare provider in parallel criminal and civil False Claims Act (FCA) matters, and defended a coal mining company in criminal, administrative, and civil matters arising from a fatal mine explosion.
She has also served as independent counsel for an Office of the Comptroller and represented many clients on various employment litigation matters, ranging from covenants not to compete and non-disclosure and non-solicitation provisions, to litigation involving race discrimination, workers’ compensation retaliation, breaches of employment agreements, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Shana also worked extensively with oil and gas exploration and production companies, providing advice and representation on mineral lien perfection issues, operating agreement disputes, general litigation matters, and bankruptcy.
She successfully argued and obtained temporary restraining orders in cases involving covenants not to compete and misappropriation of trade secret claims, and first-chaired arbitrations before three-member panels, obtaining the full amount of damages including interest and attorneys’ fees.
Shana is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and a Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Outside of FSC, she is raising her two children, Clara and JB. They love to fish, hike, and enjoy all things outdoors.
- Baylor Law School, J.D.
- University of Texas at Tyler, B.A.
- Texas State Bar
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit