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Latham and V&E Advise in Encana and Athlon’s $5.93 Billion Agreement


mdillardL By Natalie Posgate – (Sept. 29) – Canadian energy producer Encana Corporation is gaining more of a presence in Texas with its merger agreement to acquire Fort Worth-based Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion. When the $1.15 billion of debt is included, the deal value totals to $7.1 billion. Latham & Watkins advised Athlon and Vinson & Elkins advised Encana.


Busy Days Continue on M&A Front


etpbuilding1L By Natalie Posgate – (Sept. 29) – Ten business days, nine deals and 12 law firms later, Texas M&A lawyers sure deserved the weekend. Jones Day, Baker Botts, Thompson & Knight, V&E, Latham, Simpson Thacher, Norton Rose Fulbright, Morgan Lewis and Andrews Kurth have all completed mid-sized to big dollar deals in the past couple of weeks.


Mark Werbner’s Pilgrimage Leads to Historic Verdict in Terrorism Lawsuit Against Arab Bank


mwerbner1L By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 25) – Dallas trial lawyer Mark Werbner may have won the most important trial of the decade this week. He engineered a 10-year global legal battle against Jordan’s Arab Bank for allegedly financing terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel. The result was a landmark verdict that could change international banking forever. But the victory was not without personal consequences to Werbner, who still has nightmares about what he's seen and learned.

“I didn’t realize the personal toll it would take on my family and me,” Werbner confides. “This case has been an obsession for me – to the point of being unhealthy.” Read the article for full details.


Texas Court Answers: 10:00 a.m. Means 10:00 a.m.


dcoale5L By David S. Coale – (Sept. 25) – There are court decisions that change the law, but this is a case that should put the fear of God into those who run a litigation calendar.

The bottom line: Defense counsel should be mindful of the 10:00 AM deadline in the rules, and factor it into their calendaring system.


Top Stories
Baker Botts and Latham Advise in $1.4 Billion Pipeline Deal

Baker Botts and Latham Advise in $1.4 Billion Pipeline Deal

Calgary-based Veresen Inc. has agreed to purchase a 50 percent interest in the Ruby pipeline system from Global Infrastructure Partners for $1.4 billion. …

Beirne, Maynard & Parsons Scores Summary Judgment in Probate Battle

Beirne, Maynard & Parsons Scores Summary Judgment in Probate Battle

A San Antonio probate judge has granted a summary judgment for ACCC Holding Corporation (AHC), dismissing all claims that the deceased founder wrongfully transferred his wife’s inherited…

TX Supreme Court: “Once We Grant…Chances Are We Are Going to Reverse”

TX Supreme Court: “Once We Grant…Chances Are We Are Going to Reverse”

By Janet Elliott – (September 23) – AUSTIN – Seven members of the Texas Supreme Court spent a couple hours at this past weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival…

Obama Nominates Three More to Federal Judgeships in South Texas

Obama Nominates Three More to Federal Judgeships in South Texas

The nominations of Harris County District Judge Alfred H. Bennett, Brownsville District Judge Jose Rolando Olvera, Jr. and U.S. Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks, Jr. of Houston have…

Five Fifth Circuit Judges Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy

Five Fifth Circuit Judges Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy

Clarity. Brevity. Honesty. Three of the many tips five judges from the Fifth Circuit have for lawyers taking cases to the federal appeals court. Last week's Dallas Bar…


The IPO Market In 2014: Are Boom Times Back?


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By Bill Howell – (Sept. 16) – The IPO market appears to have fully recovered from the stock market crash of 2008. Sixteen Texas-based companies priced initial public offerings in the first half of 2014 - up from five during the first half of 2013. This article compares the Texas IPO market to the rest of the U.S. We also provide details about the 16 IPOs so far this year, how well each has done and lists the law firms involved.

Don Looper Sees the Future: Energy Transactional Boutiques


dlooper1L By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 29) – Looper, a prominent Houston tax and project finance lawyer, has officially opened the doors to his new law firm: Looper Goodwine & Ballew. The 11-lawyer firm already has its first lateral hires and expansion into other cities.


John Bickel Moves to Fish & Richardson


jbickelL By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 24) – After three decades of co-leading one of North Texas's most aggressive litigation firms, John Bickel moved his complex commercial trial practice to Fish & Richardson. "I wanted to try something new, something different,” Bickel said. “I feel that I have another dozen years of practicing law full-time.”


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Lawyers & Firms

Steve Fox Jumps to Polsinelli and Back to Being a Counselor

Steve Fox Jumps to Polsinelli and Back to Being a Counselor

Fox, a prominent employment litigator, is the 30th lawyer to join the Dallas office of…

Jackson Walker Picks Up Brad Lowry

Jackson Walker Picks Up Brad Lowry

Seasoned real estate lawyer leaves boutique to go back to Big Law. …

Weil Brings Back Corporate Expert John Quattrocchi

Weil Brings Back Corporate Expert John Quattrocchi

Quattrocchi said the globalization of the legal practice and technology have made being responsive and…

Diamond McCarthy Nabs Jordan and Sales

Diamond McCarthy Nabs Jordan and Sales

Diamond McCarthy, a 40-lawyer litigation boutique founded 14 years ago by former Hughes & Luce…

UPDATE: Locke Lord Seeks Merger with Boston’s Edwards Wildman

UPDATE: Locke Lord Seeks Merger with Boston’s Edwards Wildman

Locke Lord, a 630-lawyer firm based in Texas, announced Wednesday that it has signed a…


Attn. General Counsel: Big Changes are Coming to Wage-and-Hour Law


rrickman1 By Rob Rickman – (Sept. 19) – It is simply a matter of time before the federal government starts enacting changes that could increase minimum wage, raise the salary threshold for overtime exemption, and change commonly used overtime exemptions that make it more difficult for employers to qualify employees under those exemptions. Is your company prepared? This article examines the landscape and tells you what to expect.


Commercial Vehicle Crashes Cause Litigation Boom for Texas Lawyers


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By Natalie Posgate – (Sept. 22) – The oil and gas boom has been great for M&A lawyers in Texas, but another group of attorneys are also seeing a major increase in business: trial lawyers suing and defending commercial trucking companies operating in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin shale plays. The number of commercial vehicles involved in serious or fatal crashes in those areas has increased by nearly 115 percent over the past four years. Scores of lawsuits have been filed. Million-dollar jury verdicts have been returned. Even The Texas Hammer wants in on the action. The Texas Lawbook examines why.

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Lawyers in the News

John Bickel
Bill Chamblee
David Coale
Joe Cohen
Gregg Costa
Alain Dermarkar
Jennifer Elrod
Edward Grauman
Catharina Haynes
Craig Haynes
Brian Henchey
John Keville
Roger McCleary
Geoff Newton
Angela Olivarez
Chris Panatier
Scott Parel
Steven Roberts
Chad Ruback
Reagan Simpson
Micah Skidmore

Firms in the News

Andrews Kurth
Baker Botts
Beirne Maynard
Beveridge & Diamond
Chamblee Ryan
Diamond McCarthy
Fish
Haynes and Boone
Jones Day
Latham
Lynn Tillotson
Morgan Lewis
Norton Rose
Sidley Austin
Simon Greenstone
Simpson Thacher
Sutherland
T&K
V&E
Vorys
Winston & Strawn
Yetter Coleman

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Legal Seen

DAYL Wine Tasting Event


daylwine2L By Brooks Igo – (July 14) – Jones Day associate Chiji Offor was honored with this year's DAYL Pro Bono Service Award.
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Justice Eva Guzman Named Liaison at Texas Access to Justice Reception


guzmanliaison1L By Brooks Igo – (July 14) – More than 70 judges and lawyers were in attendance for the Texas Access to Justice Commission's Second Annual Champion of Justice Society Reception at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Austin.
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