9.8Maria-Vittoria Galli Carminati


University of Nebraska College of Law - 2013

  • L.L.M. in Space, Cyber & Telecommunications Law

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX - 2008

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Houston Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Lex Award–Civil Procedure I
  • 2008 Hippard Intra Mural Champion (Champion & Best Speaker)

University of Houston, Honors College, Houston, TX - 2005

  • Summa Cum Laude​

Carminati Law PLLC
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Federal Judicial Internships

Hon. Nancy Atlas, Houston, TX - January–March 2007

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

Hon. Frances Stacy, Houston, TX - July–August 2006

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division​

Bar Admissions

​​State: Texas, New York, Colorado and Washington D.C.
Federal Districts: Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, District of Colorado, Northern District of Alabama.
Appellate: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of the United States.

Honors and Recognitions

  • 2017 Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers   

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  • 2015 Italian Influence on the Law, ICCC
  • 2015 Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers

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  • 2014 Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers

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  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barons
  • Order of the Barristers

Giugi Carminati

Career Highlights


  • Represented foreign defendant in $22 million civil conspiracy, civil RICO, breach of fiduciary duty suit, including a two week federal trial and a judgment against client of less than 10% of total potential exposure.
  • Week-long  federal sexual assault trial representing victim.
  • Represented victim of domestic abuse against former partner in federal court.

  • Represented real-estate developer against former potential purchaser.
  • Successfully represented father in post-decree Parental Responsibilities Evaluation.
  • Represented upstream natural gas marketer and transporter in relation to marketing contract.​


  • Won civil forfeiture cases, obtaining return of cash and weapons, for client on deferred for possession.
  • Co-counselled on a multi-billion dollar qui tam suit against a pharmaceutical company for off-label marketing and violations of the anti-kickback statute, as well as individual retaliation claims.
  • Developed informed consent process for high-altitude record-setting manned balloon project.
  • Participated in the settlement multi-million dollar dispute between client condensate marketing company and PEMEX for alleged conversion of stolen condensate.
  • Second-chaired a one-week criminal trial representing a former military officer accused of 17 counts of wire fraud.


  • Participated in the representation of an energy consortium composed of six of the largest Latin American oil & gas companies, in Spanish, in an ICSID proceeding for non-payment of royalties.
  • Participated in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, providing litigation representation in adversary proceedings and mediations seeking to settle Credit Default Swap Agreements under ISDA.
  • Participated in the representation of a national bank in a multi-million dollar title insurance case involving land in Mexico.
  • Represented Latin American client in shareholder oppression suit, ultimately settled the suit.
  • Solo tried 11 jury and 1 bench misdemeanor trials
  • First chaired an asylum hearing on the merits in immigration court, including direct examination of refugee and preparation of medical expert.
  • Second chaired a child abduction case under the Hague Convention in federal court, including deposition and cross-examination of mother-defendant.​

Leadership Positions & Memberships

State Bar Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2008-2010

Community Organizations

  • ​Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
  • Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Asaault
  • Women's President's Organization
  • Women's Lobby of Colorado

American Bar Association

  • Chair, ABA Space Law Committee
  • Vice Chair, Space Law Committee, ABA Science & Technology Section, Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014.
  • Vice Chair, International Arbitration Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, Aug. 2012-Aug. 2014
  • Editor-in-Chief, Commercial and Business Litigation Newsletter, Litigation Section, Aug. 2012-Aug. 2014
  • Chief Editor, The Affiliate, Young Lawyers Division, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011