Andy Mouer started The Mouer Law Firm in March 2013, building upon nearly 20 years of experience gained as a corporate partner at one of the nation’s premier law firms and as a senior executive at a Fortune 300 company.
After graduating from The University of Texas School of Law in 1995, Andy spent the next 13 years of his career in the Houston office of what is now Locke Lord, LLP, one of the largest law firms in America. Andy began as an associate in commercial litigation before focusing on a traditional corporate and transactional practice. He became an equity partner in the Corporate / M&A group in 2002, and primarily represented publicly held and privately owned companies and individuals in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, venture capital and private equity transactions, joint ventures and other traditional corporate matters. Andy also represented clients in private placements and general securities matters, entity formation and structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, compliance matters and corporate governance, including advising boards of directors.
In 2008, Andy was recruited to the Business Development and Law Departments of one of Houston’s best and oldest companies – Cooper Industries, Ltd. Established in 1833, Cooper was a $5 billion company headquartered in Houston, with operations, facilities and employees around the world. Over the next five years, Andy worked closely with Cooper’s CEO and executive team (including the presidents and executive teams of Cooper’s seven business divisions), and his responsibilities included legal, business development (BD), and certain commercial and compliance matters. While at Cooper, Andy was lead in-house counsel for Cooper in closing more than 30 acquisitions and several divestitures around the world, with acquired targets ranging in size up to $500 million in revenues. As a managing director, Andy had significant responsibility for Cooper’s BD program, including developing and supervising Cooper’s overall BD program. Among other transactions, Andy worked on the divestiture of Cooper’s tools business, resulting in a $1 billion joint venture (Apex Tools Group) with Danaher Corporation, the subsequent sale of Apex to Bain Capital for approximately $1.6 billion, and ultimately, the sale of Cooper to Eaton Corporation for approximately $12 billion.
During his career, Andy has represented clients in diverse industries, including: manufacturing, professional services, oil & gas, food & beverage, entertainment, home décor, information technology, educational services, health care services, oil field services, software development, online gaming and other game products, financial products and services, banking, real estate, engineering services, utilities, electrical services, correctional services, drug testing, waste management, proprietary trading, and more.
Andy graduated with a B.A. from Swarthmore College (Philadelphia, PA) in 1990, and with a joint J.D./M.P.Aff. from The University of Texas School of Law and LBJ School of Public Affairs in 1995. Andy also earned an M.B.A. from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business in May 2010.