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Updated: Pecos Judge Enters Final Judgment in Pickens Case – Finally


By Natalie Posgate – (Dec. 13) – A West Texas judge has entered a long-awaited final judgment in the T. Boone Pickens lawsuit against his former partners in an oil and gas deal. The judge’s order is a mixed bag worth more than $117 million for Pickens, but the real value may be in the court battle it took to get the judge to file it. Natalie Posgate has the details.


Fish Secures $1M in Attorney’s Fees in Bed Bath & Beyond Patent Dispute


By Natalie Posgate – (Dec. 13) – You may as well just call it Bed, Bath & Money. A group of Dallas Fish & Richardson intellectual property lawyers said Tuesday that they scored $932,000 in attorney’s fees for their work on New Jersey-based Bed Bath & Beyond’s patent infringement victory over Inventor Holdings in August 2015.

Alston & Bird Relocating to Dallas Arts District


By Candace Carlisle of the Dallas Business Journal – (Jan. 13) – A global law firm will relocate its growing Dallas office to two floors in Chase Tower in the city’s central business district. The relocation comes shortly after the building’s ownership group decided to begin a major upgrade to the 55-story office tower.

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: Texas lawyers provide their own holiday activity with 10 Firms and 126 Lawyers working 14 Transactions worth $9.7B


By Claire Poole – (Dec. 13) – A $7 billion fund formation led a post-holiday surge in transactions that also included a $285 million pickup of Linn Energy assets, a massive flatbed truck company deal and the $800 purchase of a micro-optic security technology developer. Claire Poole has the details of those deals and others in The Texas Lawbook.

Judicial Ethics and Social Media: Still No Click and Paste Answer


By Janet Elliott – (Dec. 12) – An advisory committee to the Texas Supreme Court is having trouble deciding an approach to new judicial ethics guidelines for the use of social media. The new sticking point is the same as the old sticking point: the clash between free speech and the dignity of the bench. Janet Elliott has an update on the committee’s progress in The Texas Lawbook.

GC John Ansbach Joins Stroz Friedberg


By Mark Curriden – (Dec. 12) – Stroz Friedberg, a national corporate consulting firm, announced Monday that it has hired Dallas lawyer John Ansbach, the former GC at General Datatech, as its vice president of engagement management in Dallas. Ansbach is known throughout Texas for his expertise in cybersecurity and data privacy.

Law Firms and Banks Battle for Cross-Border M&A Deals in Texas


By Mark Curriden – (Dec. 8) – Competition between corporate law firms and investment banks to advise buyers and sellers involved in multinational dealmaking in Texas is dominated by non-Texas-based operations with a few exceptions. The top law firms are Latham, Kirkland, V&E and Norton Rose Fulbright, while Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley dominate the world of financial advisers. The Texas Lawbook has the exclusive details.

Senate Judiciary Approves James Ho and Don Willett for Fifth Circuit


By Mark Curriden – (Dec. 8) – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11 to 9 Thursday to send the nominations of Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Gibson Dunn appellate partner James Ho to the full U.S. Senate for confirmation as new judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Texas Lawbook has detailed backgrounds on both men.

Cross-Border Dealmaking for TX Companies Plunges in 2017


By Claire Poole and Mark Curriden – (Dec. 6) – Cross-border deals in Texas are down dramatically in 2017. Aside from the usual suspects – a strong dollar and undependable oil prices – is a new one: the uncertain parameters of the Trump administration’s “America First” policies. Some transactional lawyers think a lack of policy structure breeds uncertainty among foreign investors. Others think it has no effect at all. This exclusive in The Texas Lawbook has the numbers and the story behind them.


FDA Releases Final Guidance for Connected Medical Devices


By Timothy Hudson and Janelle Davis of Thompson & Knight – (Dec. 7) – With the growth of medical devices connected to the “internet of things,” the FDA has been scrutinizing the related cybersecurity risks and design challenges and has issued a variety of guidance documents. The most recent guidance provides device makers with direction for design considerations and pre-market submissions. Attorneys at Thompson & Knight break down the key aspects of these recommendations.

SEC: Houston Financial Adviser Defrauded Investors


By Mark Curriden – (Dec. 6) – The SEC charged Houston investment adviser James C. Tao of Presidio Venture Capital with misappropriating funds and making material misstatements to those who contributed to the private equity fund he created. Court records show Tao agreed to settle with the SEC instead of face trial and will pay $314,000 in fines and disgorgement. SEC Director Shamoil Shipchandler led the investigation.

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Texas Lawbook Exclusive: UDF Sues Kyle Bass & Hedge Fund Amid Flurry of Law Enforcement Investigations – Updated

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: UDF Sues Kyle Bass & Hedge Fund Amid Flurry of Law Enforcement Investigations – Updated

The two-year feud between Hayman Capital Management hedge fund manager Kyle Bass and United Development Funding erupted publicly last week when UDF filed an explosive lawsuit accusing Bass…

Locke Lord’s Steve Jacobs advises Brookfield on $855M Houston Center purchase from J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Locke Lord’s Steve Jacobs advises Brookfield on $855M Houston Center purchase from J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Locke Lord partner Steve Jacobs snagged a big real estate deal this week, serving as local counsel for Brookfield Property Partners on its purchase of the Houston Center…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-up: 6 Firms, 31 Lawyers, 6 Transactions, $1.8B, and a Dull Week for Texas Deal-Makers

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-up: 6 Firms, 31 Lawyers, 6 Transactions, $1.8B, and a Dull Week for Texas Deal-Makers

Deals involving Royal Dutch Shell and Austin-based Bazaarvoice brightened an otherwise dull $1.8 billion week in Texas deal-making. Claire Poole has the names and the numbers behind the…

Houston is Center of Int’l Business Corruption Probes

Houston is Center of Int’l Business Corruption Probes

Houston businesses last year accounted for seven, or about one-fourth of the 26 cases brought by the Justice Department under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Over the past…


Waste Connections GC Created Culture of Servant-Leadership Amid Tremendous Corporate Growth

By Mark Curriden – (Dec. 13) – Patrick Shea has been busy since he joined the Waste Connections legal department in 2004. He’s overseen 300 business acquisitions, 10 debt financings for more than $10 billion, two equity offerings that raised $800 million and helped engineer the company’s relocation from California to Texas. In an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook, Shea, who recently won the Texas GC Forum’s Magna Stella Award for GC of the Year for a Small Legal Dept., discusses Waste Connections’ tremendous growth, his biggest legal needs and what he looks for in outside counsel.


Halliburton GC Robb Voyles: Four years of Extraordinary Challenges, Successes

By Mark Curriden – HOUSTON (Nov. 30) – Since becoming the GC of Halliburton in 2014, Robb Voyles has successfully guided the oilfield services giant through treacherous legal waters that included a mountain of lawsuits with billions of dollars at stake related to the Deepwater Horizon deadly explosion, a global securities class action lawsuit, a nine-figure tax dispute with its former KBR subsidiary and a $28 billion merger with Baker Hughes that went bad.

In this exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook, Voyles looks back at the last four years and discusses his wins, losses and the reason the Texas GC Forum recognized him in November for his accomplishments.

Corporate Deal Tracker: The Breakdown

The Corporate Deal Tracker tracks corporate transactions led or significantly handled by Texas-based lawyers, and shows which law firms and lawyers are the busiest in the state. Click on the left button below to learn more about the database and how to submit. To begin submitting deals now, click on the right button to fill out our online submission form.

GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Winstead Adds Dallas Litigation Partners Ladd Hirsch and John Tancabel

Hirsch and Tancabel were previously at Diamond McCarthy. …

Locke Lord Announces Next Firmwide Chair

David Taylor succeeds Jerry Clements, who has led Locke Lord for 11 years.…

Polsinelli Promotes Three to Shareholder in Dallas

Jonathan Blum, Andrew Johnson and Daniel McGuire are the newly-minted shareholder.…

Chamberlain Hrdlicka Extends San Antonio Office Lease

The firm signed on to make Weston Centre at 112 East Pecan Street in downtown…

Houston IP Firm Opens Seventh Office

Firm officials say the new three-lawyer office in San Diego will help the firm serve…

Polsinelli Shareholder Gemma Descoteaux Named President-Elect of ACG-DFW

Descoteaux chaired the Women in Association of Corporate Growth DFW group in 2015. …

Michael Hurst to Receive DAYL Foundation Award of Excellence

Hurst will be recognized on Dec. 11 at the DAYL Foundation’s annual luncheon. …

Andrews Kurth Kenyon Promotes Eight to Partner

Six of the eight are based in the firm's Houston headquarters.…

Winstead Signs Houston Labor and Employment Team

Two partners and two associates from Houston labor and employment boutique Alaniz Schraeder Linker Farris…

Morgan Lewis Gives Boost to Houston Healthcare Practice

The lateral hires include the co-leader of BakerHostetler’s healthcare practice and the vice president of…


Lawyers in the News

Lance Arney
Andrea Broyles
Nick Bunch
Michael Considine
Joe Cox
Jeremy Fielding
David Hirsch
Barrett Howell
Michael Hurst
Blake Jones
Christopher Kirkpatrick
Sarah Eng Koong
Jessica Magee
Ty Martinez
Jonathan Newton
Eric Otness
Alan Rafte
Shamoil Shipchandler
Jennifer Turner
Eric Warner
Chad Watt
David Whipple

Firms in the News

Baker McKenzie
Hayman Capital
Jones Day
Koong Law Group
Lynn Pinker
Moulton Wilson




The Corporate Deal Tracker is currently undergoing a redesign. While we work on the final touches, check out our recent reports below on Mergermarket’s Texas-specific data. Corporate Deal Tracker will return with up-to-date data in mid-September.

Texas Lawbook Surpasses 9,000 Subscribers & 2,000 Corporate In-House Counsel

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 22) – I am pleased to announced that The Texas Lawbook officially surpassed 9,000 paid subscribers in August – more than 2,000 of them are corporate in-house counsel and general counsel. The 25 largest law firms in Texas and more than 35 corporate in-house legal departments have subscriptions for all their lawyers. In addition, tens-of-thousands of more business leaders read Texas Lawbook articles that are republished in the Dallas Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. This article is an update on recent developments at The Texas Lawbook and plans for the months ahead.


Mergermarket Expert: TX M&A Market in ‘Real Danger of Developing Congestion or Heartburn’


By Mark Curriden – (July 18) – The Texas market has seen 15 consecutive quarters with about 200 or more deals. “Before the third quarter of 2013, 200 deals was the high water mark. Since then, 200 deals has been the floor,” says Mergermarket M&A analyst Chad Watt. “We’ve had so many deals completed [during the past couple years] that the market may need a period to digest it all. “There’s a real danger of developing M&A congestion or heartburn.”

Mergermarket: Texas M&A Flat but Solid in H1 2017


By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – Merger and acquisition activity among Texas-based businesses remained healthy during the first half of 2017, but far from the exuberant pace of dealmaking in 2014. Deal count has been flat, but deal value is up significantly over 2016, fueled by steady oil and gas M&A and Whole Foods’ sale to Amazon. The Texas Lawbook has the exclusive data from Mergermarket, along with a list of the 30 biggest deals during the first six months of 2017.

Experts: Texas M&A Activity Unpredictable for H2 2017


By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – How will M&A activity shape up in the second half of the year? The Texas Lawbook interviewed nearly a dozen of the leading corporate and private equity lawyers in the state to gauge their view on the M&A market for the first half of 2017 and what they forecast for the remainder of the year. This is their analysis.