Robert Sarfatis



Robert Sarfatis is a partner and a vice chair of the Business Law Department with Foley & Lardner LLP. He works extensively with public and privately held clients in the highly capital-intensive energy sector. He represents buyers, sellers, investors, joint ventures and other entities in sophisticated venture capital investment transactions, contract negotiations, securities and general business matters.

Robert serves as outside general counsel for clients across a wide range of industries, including midstream natural gas, oilfield services, construction, marketing, retail and credit card processing. He is known for his strong business sense, and has earned a reputation for efficiency and practicality.

As a securities lawyer, Robert has cover-to-cover experience. He has handled IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, follow-on offerings and tender offers. He also assists clients with SEC reporting and disclosure obligations, as well as counsels and advises boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance issues, including SOX compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and executive compensation requirements.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas

Community Involvement

  • Member, Executive Committee, Dallas United Crew

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Corporate Law (2008-2018)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Mergers and Acquisitions (2009-2017)
  • Recognized, Who's Who in Energy, Dallas Business Journal (2014-2015)
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine (2006)
  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Mergers & Acquisitions (2005)


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, (1992)
  • B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, (1989)
    • Finance


  • Texas (1992)

Representative Matters

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Gardere represented Enerven Services, LLC, Enerven Compression Services, LLC and Worldwide Energy Solutions Co., LLC in the sale of all of their natural gas compression assets to J-W Power Company.
Profile Custom Extrusions, LLC (portfolio company of Highlander Capital Partners L.P.): purchase of all assets of Profile Extrusion Company
Specialty footwear manufacturer: Initial public offering of $155 million of common stock