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Corp. Deal Tracker: M&A Firm Leaderboard Played Musical Chairs in 2016

By Natalie Posgate – (March 27) – For most Texas-based M&A lawyers, 2016 was not in line with one of Charles Dickens’ most famous lines: it was neither the best of times nor the worst of times for corporate transactional work. But some changes occurred among the law firm leaderboard.

New data from The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker reveals which firms stayed at the very top for handling the most M&A work in 2016 and which firms got booted out of the top by others. This report provides a full analysis on the new rankings and insights from firm leaders for how deal flow is looking in 2017.

Who said that? Rule 202 Petitions and Anonymous Online Reviews

By David Coale of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst – (March 28) – “I wish I knew who said that!” is the typical response of business owners after reading anonymously posted online reviews. The Dallas Court of Appeals recently offered some practical guidance for businesses seeking more information about anonymous online comments, as well as for websites resisting such information requests.

AZA Firm Scores $9 million Verdict Against Motorola Mobility

By Jeff Bounds – (March 27) – A federal jury in Marshall on Friday ordered Motorola Mobility to pay $9.17 million for deliberately infringing on a small Plano-based licensing firm’s patents for technology that helps create high-definition voice for cell phones. The win is the latest for Saint Lawrence Communications in patent fights in the U.S. and Germany against seven of the world’s largest cell-phone makers.

Chief Judge Stewart Appointed to Judicial Conference Executive Committee

By Mark Curriden – (March 27) – Chief Justice John Roberts has appointed Carl Stewart, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to the seven-member Executive Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference.

Humble Surgical Files for Ch. 11 after Aetna Scores $51 million Judgment

By L.M. Sixel of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Curriden of The Texas Lawbook – (March 26) – Houston-based Humble Surgical Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, three weeks after U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes entered a $51 million judgment against the specialty, five-bed hospital. Lawyers at Andrews Kurth, representing Aetna, asked Judge Hughes to take over the bankruptcy aspects of the case. Houston Hoover Slovacek represents Humble Surgical. This article has all the details.

Texas Law School Deans Join Support for Federal Legal Services Funding

By Mark Curriden – (March 27) – Six deans from Texas law schools have signed a letter to leaders of Congress asking that they “maintain funding for the Legal Services Corporation” during the upcoming federal budgeting process.

Headquarters? Law firms take the Fifth

By L.M. Sixel of the Houston Chronicle – (March 27) – What's the one question law firms don't want to hear? "In which city are you headquartered?" Law firms twist themselves into knots to avoid tying themselves down to a single home office in this global world. Gone are the days when law firms identified with one city or even one state. Today, they want to be everywhere at once, creating the appearance that no one office is more important than another.

DBJ: Neiman Marcus paying $1.6M to settle data breach lawsuit

By Korri Kezar – (March 21) - The class action lawsuit alleged that the Dallas luxury retailer suffered a data breach that spanned six months and exposed payment information for 350,000 shoppers.

Plaintiffs have also hailed the lawsuit as a victory for securing customer payment information.

DBJ: Law firm moves headquarters to Dallas' Union project

By Candace Carlisle – (March 21) - Akin Gump has confirmed its corporate office move to three floors within The Union Dallas, a mixed-use development under construction near Uptown Dallas.

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Supreme Court Rules Against <em>D Magazine</em> and Court Reliance on Wikipedia

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© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Allen Pusey (March 17) – The Supreme Court of Texas Friday allowed a defamation suit against D Magazine to proceed while rejecting…

Locke Lord and Kelly Hart Help Launch New Austin Minerals Company

Locke Lord and Kelly Hart Help Launch New Austin Minerals Company

A group of lawyers from Locke Lord and Kelly Hart & Hallman said Thursday that they worked on a deal that facilitated the formation of Luxe Minerals, a…


Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Business Law Firms Announce Record Rate Hikes – GCs Respond

By Mark Curriden – (March 23) – Two-dozen corporate general counsel tell The Texas Lawbook that their outside law firms are raising rates to record high levels. Scores of Texas business lawyers now charge $1,000 or more per hour and another 200 are likely to cross the $1,000-an-hour threshold in the next couple years. The Texas Lawbook has the details and the responses of several Texas GCs.



Lions of the Texas Bar Revisited

By Mark Curriden – During the next three months, The Texas Lawbook revisits our year-long project featuring the Lions of the Texas Bar. Each of the articles has been updated. Many of the articles include new video featuring these great lawyers. We hope you enjoy this project as much as we enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of these Lions.

‘Don’t Call Me Professor – Call Me Bill’: Dorsaneo’s Impact in Texas Immeasurable

By Mark Curriden – (Mar. 17) – Bill Dorsaneo garnered the name “Wild Bill” during his four decades of teaching civil litigation at SMU Dedman School of Law, but his first big case was in 1962. He was 17 and arguing before the city council that a proposed curfew on young people was unconstitutional. “I had no substance in my argument... I found the experience of standing up and arguing for a cause to be exhilarating,” he says.

Experts agree: No lawyers other than Supreme Court justices have had more impact on the Texas civil justice system than Dorsaneo.

GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Former GC Jumps to MLA in Houston

George Hittner has joined the global legal search firm’s Houston office as a managing director…

Baker Botts Partner Travis Sales Elected Fellow of ACTL

Sales joins other Baker Botts American College of Trial Lawyers Fellows William Jeffress, Rod Phelan…

Bracewell Lures Houston Capital Markets Expert Timothy Langenkamp

Langenkamp, who was previously at Sidley Austin, focuses his corporate practice in the energy industry.…

Four Gardere Partners Elected Fellows of Texas Bar Foundation

Cristina Portela Solomon, Rachel Powitzky Steely, Mary Elizondo Frazier and Mike Seely are based in…

Akin Gump Adds IP Partner in Houston

Kevin Cadwell lateraled over from Reed Smith.…

T&K Promotes Seven to Partner

T&K's newly-minted partners are across three offices and a number of practice areas.…

Polsinelli Shareholder Lon Williams Appointed to TAB Board of Directors

Williams is a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group, where he has…

Ten Things GCs Should Know about Trans-border Transactions

Ten Things GCs Should Know about Trans-border Transactions

One of the most exciting events for an in-house lawyer is when their company becomes…

K&L Gates Promotes Dallas Lawyer to Partner

Artoush Varshosaz focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes and bankruptcy litigation.…

Gibson Dunn IDs Two of Eight Lawyers for Houston Office

Gibson Dunn IDs Two of Eight Lawyers for Houston Office

Latham & Watkins oil and gas partner Michael Darden and former Apache Business Development Manager…

Five Attorneys Receive DBJ’s 2017 Minority Business Leader Award

The attorneys, honored at a luncheon in downtown Dallas last week, included general counsel, solo…

Polsinelli Houston-based Shareholders to Help Lead Firm’s New IP Department

Gregory Novak and Tracy Druce will serve as vice chairs of the firm’s new IP…

Dallas Appeals Court Chief Justice Carolyn Wright to Receive Texas Women Lawyers Award

The TWL Pathfinder Award is given each year to an individual who has championed the…

International Litigation Funder Bentham IMF Launches Houston Office

Former Yetter Coleman partner Eric Chenoweth will lead Bentham’s investments in litigation matters originating in…

Bill Swart Joins Perkins Coie in Dallas

Swart helped Polsinelli launch its Dallas office five years ago, an effort he calls "one…


Lawyers in the News

Demetrios Anaipakos
Leonard Baynes
Kenneth Broughton
John Clement
Stephen Coats
Jennifer Collins
Blaine Edwards
Ward Farnsworth
Rodney Gilstrap
Kendall Gray
Donald Guter
Carlos Hernandez
Wesley Hill
Chris Luna
Elizabeth Matthews
David McAtee
Andrew Morriss
James Mutrie
Tracie Renfroe
Rudy Rodriguez
Edward Rothberg
John Bruce Shely
Stephen Sheppard
Carl Stewart
John Torres
Robb Voyles

Firms in the News

Andrews Kurth Kenyon
CEC Entertainment
Classic Industries
Hoover Slovacek
Houston Law Center
King & Spalding
Reed Smith
Riverstone Holdings
RSP Permian
SMU Dedman
St. Mary’s
Superior Energy Services
Texas A&M
Ward Smith


The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker reports M&A activity and securities offerings handled by lawyers based in Texas, even if those transactions involve non-Texas-based companies. The Corporate Deal Tracker ranks matters by deal/offering count primarily and value secondarily. The data includes the announcement date, the names of the companies involved and the lawyers and their law firms. These charts are up to date as of December 31, 2016.

Please contact us if you see any information that is inaccurate or missing.

Click on each Chart to see a full listing:


Mergermarket: Elite National Firms Get Fattest Slice of TX Megadeals

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 27) – The battle to represent Texas corporations in their largest mergers, acquisitions and divestitures is being won by a half-dozen law firms with offices in Texas and more than a dozen that have no presence in the state at all.

New data from independent research firm Mergermarket shows Texas-based businesses are turning to national law firms headquartered outside of the state to handle the crème de la crème of mega-mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in 2016.