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EXCLUSIVE: Gruber Hurst & Elrod Law Firms Combine


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By Mark Curriden – (March 31) – Two prominent Dallas business litigation boutiques – Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank and Elrod – are expected to announce Wednesday that they are merging their law practices.

The combined law firm will boast 30 lawyers, making it one of the largest commercial litigation-only law firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


V&E and Kirkland Advise in $1 Billion Private Equity Investment


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By Natalie Posgate – (March 31) – Washington, D.C.-based EIG Global Energy Partners announced Tuesday that it has agreed to commit a $1 billion strategic investment to Los Angeles-based Breitburn Energy Partners that will likely help the independent oil and gas company repay borrowings under its credit facility.


Cox Smith Merges with Dykema


Williamson1 By Mark Curriden – (March 30) – After a yearlong business romance, the law firms from San Antonio and Detroit announced Monday they are combining to become Dykema Cox Smith, a 450-lawyer firm that has 140 attorneys in Texas. “This merger was purely driven by the firms and our people, not by consultants,” Cox Smith Managing Counsel Deborah Williamson said.

The Texas Lawbook has full details about how merger talks started and progressed. Hint: Dallas partner Bill Finklestein played a key role.


Is PTAB Biting into Eastern District Patent Caseload?


dmccombs2L By Jeff Bounds – (March 27) – The number of new patent case filings is on pace to rise in the first quarter of 2015 in the Eastern District of Texas. But an increasingly popular avenue for dealing with patent disputes is siphoning legal work away from the busiest forum in the country for settling squabbles over the ownership of inventions. Welcome to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.


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V&E, Latham and Andrews Kurth Advise in M&A Worth $1.8 Billion

V&E, Latham and Andrews Kurth Advise in M&A Worth $1.8 Billion

Lawyers from the three firms helped ETP and Sunoco negotiate an $816 dropdown transaction and LINN Energy secure a $1 billion equity capital commitment from Quantum Energy Partners.…

Gibson Dunn and Hunton Handle Major North Texas Health Care JV

Gibson Dunn and Hunton Handle Major North Texas Health Care JV

Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health and Tenet Healthcare Corporation have agreed to form a partnership that will provide health care for five North Texas hospitals. …

Baker Botts and V&E Advise in $700 Million Securities Offering

Baker Botts and V&E Advise in $700 Million Securities Offering

Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners announced Monday that it closed a private offering of unsecured senior notes that raised $700 million. …

Ex-Texas A&M GC Returns to Practice at Pillsbury in Houston

Ex-Texas A&M GC Returns to Practice at Pillsbury in Houston

Andrew Strong, the former CEO and GC at College Station-based Kalon Biotherapeutics, is returning to practice environmental and life sciences law at Pillsbury, a New York law firm…

ALJ: Penson Financial CEO Did Nothing Wrong in Texas Naked Short Sales Case

ALJ: Penson Financial CEO Did Nothing Wrong in Texas Naked Short Sales Case

An administrative law judge ruled Thursday that two Colleyville financial executives did little-to-nothing wrong in their leadership positions at Dallas-based Penson Financial, a now-defunct clearing service for U.S.…

Locke Lord and Bracewell Advise in $500 Million Gas Gathering Transaction

Locke Lord and Bracewell Advise in $500 Million Gas Gathering Transaction

Houston-based Southwestern Energy Partners and San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners have reached an agreement in which a subsidiary of HEP will purchase gas gathering assets from Southwestern and…

Sam Wyly Hires Kathleen Sullivan, Fights for Office Staff Allowance in Bankruptcy Court

Sam Wyly Hires Kathleen Sullivan, Fights for Office Staff Allowance in Bankruptcy Court

Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Sam Wyly has hired former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan to lead his legal efforts to reverse a New York jury decision last…


Texas Regulatory Expert Joins V&E


bsmitherman1L By Mark Curriden – (March 31) – Barry Smitherman has been an investment banker who specializes in the capital markets. He prosecuted domestic violence cases as a lawyer in the Harris County District Attorney’s office. He chaired the Texas Public Utility Commission and the state’s Railroad Commission. Now, he has a new title: partner at Vinson & Elkins.


Exclusive: Tyler Federal Judge Davis to Join Fish & Richardson


rdavis By Mark Curriden – (March 30) – U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis handled more than 1,700 patent infringement cases during his 13 years on the Eastern District bench, handing some of the biggest IP disputes in the U.S. In an interview with The Texas Lawbook, Judge Davis said he is leaving the bench and taking his patent expertise to Fish & Richardson, where he said he plans to advise business clients that have cases in East Texas.

“Some people think it takes a Ph.D to decide a patent disputes, but these cases are really about who is telling the truth,” he said.


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Lawyers & Firms

Former DOJ and SEC Lawyer Joins Haynes and Boone

Former DOJ and SEC Lawyer Joins Haynes and Boone

In a Q&A with The Texas Lawbook, Houston lawyer Steve Corso explains why he chose…

GC Janet Dhillon Leaves JC Penney

GC Janet Dhillon Leaves JC Penney

JC Penney announced that its deputy general counsel, Janet Link, has been named the interim…

SMU Dedman Recognizes Distinguished Alumni at Annual Awards Dinner

SMU Dedman Recognizes Distinguished Alumni at Annual Awards Dinner

This year’s named distinguished alumni were: commercial litigator Mike Gruber; immigration attorney Mary Elizabeth (Liz)…

Morgan Lewis Lures Eight K&L Gates Lawyers, Bolsters Gov. Enforcement and White Collar Practice

Morgan Lewis Lures Eight K&L Gates Lawyers, Bolsters Gov. Enforcement and White Collar Practice

Danny Ashby said he and his team made the move because of the potential to…

National IP Boutique Harness Dickey Plants Flag in Dallas

National IP Boutique Harness Dickey Plants Flag in Dallas

Gerald Welch, formerly of Dentons, will lead the Troy, Michigan-based firm's fourth office nationwide.…

Longtime V&E Corporate Governance & Airlines Vet Jumps to Sidley

Longtime V&E Corporate Governance & Airlines Vet Jumps to Sidley

The addition of Kevin Lewis comes on the heels of three other lateral hires –…

Mayer Brown Eyes Mexico with Recent Hire in Houston

Mayer Brown Eyes Mexico with Recent Hire in Houston

Former ExxonMobil attorney Francisco Mendez joins Mayer Brown's Houston office and will help lead the…

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EXCLUSIVE - Sam Wyly: Bankrupt but Still Fighting


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By Mark Curriden – (March 25) – Nine years ago, Forbes put Dallas entrepreneur Sam Wyly's net worth at $1.1 billion. His business savvy created tens of thousands of jobs and put billions of dollars into the pockets of investors. Charities benefited to the tune of $67 million.

Today, Wyly is in bankruptcy. The SEC wants $198 million. He's paid lawyers more than $100 million. And the IRS wants whatever is left. The Texas Lawbook has an exclusive interview with Wyly and his legal team about the litigation, auctioning off the family's assets and his future.This article has been updated.