MARIA-VITTORIA "GIUGI" CARMINATI, JD, LLM, JSD
A Human and Civil Rights Law Firm
Giugi Carminati now works full time for NDH, LLC, a Georgia-based civil & human rights law firm. While The Woman's Lawyer is open to handle domestic relations cases, protection orders, and criminal defense, matters will be handled by Niki Whitfield and Sabra Janko.
January 2023 - June 2024
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 & RECOGNITIONS
July 2024 - May 2025
2017 Rising Star, Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters Publication
2015 Italian Influence on the Law, ICCC
2015 Rising Star, Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters Publication
2014 Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters Publication
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barons
Order of the Barristers
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
June 2025 - April 2026
A family law attorney with a complex commercial litigation background. Giugi represents women in protection order proceedings, in family law matters, and in civil lawsuits.
State Bar Associations
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Board of Directors, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2008-2010
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
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
January 2023 - June 2024
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.
July 2024 - May 2025
University of Nebraska College of Law-2018
J.S.D. in Space Law
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
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,