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Standly Hamilton Settles $11.5 million Qui Tam Case

chamilton1L By Mark Curriden – (July 29) – A West Texas federal False Claims Act case that focused on the corporate marketing of a medical device has settled out of court for $11.5 million.

Updated – Kirkland Advises EFH in $18.4 Billion Divestiture of Oncor to NextEra

sdore5 By Mark Curriden – (July 29) – Berkshire Hathaway and NextEra Energy presented their final and best offers Thursday evening in the six-week-long auction to purchase Dallas-based Oncor.

By 9 p.m., the winner was clear. Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra agreed to acquire the electricity and power transmission company from Energy Future Holdings for $18.4 billion.


Corporate Deal Tracker: Texas Lawyers Stay Busy Despite Wacky M&A Climate

By Natalie Posgate – (July 28) – The value of M&A transactions in the energy sector plummeted 65 percent during in the first half of 2016. Overall corporate deals worth $500 million or more were down by 13 percent. Billion-dollar plus transactions were down 19 percent. Private deals are up. Deals involving bankruptcy assets are up. The Texas Lawbook's exclusive Corporate Deal Tracker has all the M&A data from H1 2016 and predictions for the rest of the year.

Dallas Jury Awards $5 million to Physician in Business Partnership Case

estahl By Mark Curriden – (July 28) – A Dallas jury ruled Tuesday evening that medical office executive Mehrdad Ghani committed fraud and breached the fiduciary relationship he had as part of a business partnership with North Dallas neurologist Erwin Cruz.

Legal Risk of ‘Pokémon Go’ is No Game for Employers

rdunn1L By Rogge Dunn of Clouse Dunn – (July 28) - By overlaying a video game with the physical world, “Pokémon Go” creates a variety of situations in which companies may face legal action from game players as well as employees. The game’s owners, Japan-based Nintendo Ltd. and The Pokémon Company, have shielded themselves from lawsuits by requiring forced arbitration for any disputes arising from those who download the game. However, there are no such protections for unaffiliated companies that are dealing with all the existing and potential headaches - such as data breach concerns, business interruption and production loss and personal injuries - caused by “Pokémon Go” and its players.

Sidley Advises TSG in Sale of IT Cosmetics to L’Oreal

mmetts2 By Mark Curriden – (July 27) – Seven lawyers from Dallas and Houston were part of the Sidley Austin legal team that represented TSG Consumer Partners in its sale of IT Cosmetics to L'Oreal for $1.2 billion.

Mergermarket: Texas M&A Dollar Declines Again in Q2

By Natalie Posgate – (July 26) – M&A lawyers in Texas who thought the first quarter was bad should brace for even worse news. Deal count was pathetically low during the second quarter of 2016 and the value of the transactions that were announced plummeted to lows the market has not seen since 2009 and the Great Recession. In addition, an increasing number of large deals being considered fell apart before closing.

Texas Financial Advisers: M&A Activity will Surge in Q4

pipes3L By Kerry Curry – (July 26) – Merger-and-acquisition activity crawled along during the first half of 2016, but leading financial advisers in Texas predict an acceleration of deal flow and size before the end of year. Financial advisers from KPMG, Tudor Pickering Holt, Grant Thornton and Anderson King Energy say they expect private equity firms and traditional investors in the oil patch to return to the deal market later after sitting on the sidelines for the past 18 months.

OSHA’s Final Rule on Electronic Reporting: Why All the Fuss?

bullocksmilth1L By Ken Bullock and Peyton Smith of Munsch Hardt – (July 25) - Employers subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and related OSHA regulations are likely familiar with their obligations to record and report certain workplace injuries and illnesses. On May 11, 2016, OSHA published a set of revisions (the “Final Rule”) to the existing regulations concerning recordkeeping and reporting requirements for employers. This article provides a brief overview of the Final Rule and offers some suggestions to prepare employers for the revised record-keeping and reporting requirements.


Updated – DBA Names Alicia Hernandez New Executive Director

ahernandez By Natalie Posgate – (July 22) - Hernandez, who will assume her new role on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeds Cathy Maher, who has served as the DBA’e executive director for more than 20 years and been with the organization for almost four decades. Currently, Hernandez serves as the director of the DBA's Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

Is PTAB a Patent “Death Squad?”

bmunck1L By Jeff Bounds – (July 22) - Since its September 2012 launch, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has gained a reputation as a place that kills patents. Legal experts say the reality is more complex. “Recent studies show only a minuscule number of patents have been affected by the PTAB,” said IP law specialist William Munck. This article examines PTAB and its impact on patent litigation in-depth.

East Texas Patent Litigation Still Hot, but No Longer Boiling

By Jeff Bounds – (June 21) – New patent infringement lawsuits filed in East Texas declined by nearly half during the first six months of 2016 – a sign that multiple efforts to curb complaints by so-called patent trolls are finally having an impact. While patent litigation may have peaked in 2015, EDTX continues to be by far the most popular place in the U.S. to sue for intellectual property infringement. Patent lawsuits also plummeted in Northern and Western Districts of Texas.

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Trade Secrets in Texas: Is Adoption of the “Inevitable Disclosure” Doctrine… Inevitable?

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TV Station to Seek Legal Fees After Texas Supreme Court Win in Defamation Case

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Texas Lawyers Advise in $4B Pipeline System JV

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A team of Jones Day lawyers, predominately in Houston, said Monday that they led The Southern Company’s $4.15 billion buy-in of a natural gas pipeline venture with Kinder…

‘Oil Capital’ Traces Bankers’ Role in Shaping the Industry

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After 50 Years, Mike Boone is still a Big Dealmaker

mbooneL1 By Mark Curriden – (June 14) – Michael Boone was 24 when his corporate securities professor at SMU asked him to stay after class. “I thought I was in trouble,” Boone says. Instead, Prof. Richard Haynes wanted Boone to join him in starting a law firm. Five decades later, Haynes and Boone now has 530 lawyers and $362 million in annual revenues. Boone has advised in some of North Texas's most important transactions.

“Mike is a lawyer-counselor in the true sense,” says AT&T General Counsel David McAtee.

The More Complex the Deal, the More Fun for Gil Friedlander

gfriedlander1L By Mark Curriden – (June 14) – When EDS split ways with GM in 1996, the CEOs took center stage to praise the deal. Just off camera was EDS General Counsel Gil Friedlander, who lawyers say was the true mastermind of the transaction. Friedlander navigated internal landmines between the IT firm and the Rustbelt manufacturer. EDS was a fully-owned subsidiary of GM, but it also had its own tracking stock and its own board of directors. He engineered an unprecedented "split-off" that was tax-free for GM, addressed the automakers huge unfunded employee pension liability and unlocked billions of dollars in value for EDS. And that may not have been Friedlander's most complicated transaction.

From Pregnant Sows to Corporate Giants, Harold Kleinman Put Clients First

hkleinman1L By Mark Curriden – (June 15) – Harold Kleinman pioneered the modern-day corporate law practice in Texas, representing Neiman Marcus, Centex, Lone Star Steel, Noble Energy and Lennox. He guided Thompson & Knight to become a powerhouse in the energy sector. And he was a founder of Texas Access to Justice. Now 85, Kleinman sees himself in a much simpler light.

“I was just a lawyer who represented clients and believed everyone deserved a fair shake under the law,” he says.

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Lawyers & Firms

Hunton & Williams Attorneys and Staff Work to Bring Community Gardens to East Dallas

Hunton & Williams Attorneys and Staff Work to Bring Community Gardens to East Dallas

There are times when pro bono legal work is not enough. This past weekend, a…

Brown Fox Boosts Litigation Practice with David Denton

Denton focuses his practice on commercial litigation, trade secret litigation, catastrophic injury, product liability and…

Standly Hamilton Adds Trial Lawyer Stephen Blackburn

Standly Hamilton Adds Trial Lawyer Stephen Blackburn

Blackburn joins the Dallas litigation boutique from Baron & Budd. …

Kelly Hart Adds Litigation Pro Jim Scott

Kelly Hart Adds Litigation Pro Jim Scott

The former Gardere partner focuses his practice on breach of contract and breach of fiduciary…

Director of City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department Rejoins Locke Lord

Director of City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department Rejoins Locke Lord

Neal Rackleff says he is excited to have "the opportunity to be a part of…

Alston & Bird Signs Veteran Health Care Litigator in Dallas

Alston & Bird Signs Veteran Health Care Litigator in Dallas

Frank Sheeder says the relationships between hospitals and physicians face continued pressure and scrutiny.…

Holland & Knight Adds Labor and Employment Partner in Houston

Holland & Knight Adds Labor and Employment Partner in Houston

Charles Jeremiah was previously at Lewis Brisbois.…

Dallas Boutique Law Firms Merge

The newly launched Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon has 15 lawyers. …

Yetter Coleman Adds Energy Trial Lawyer Tim McConn

Yetter Coleman Adds Energy Trial Lawyer Tim McConn

McConn, who primarily represents clients in the upstream and midstream sectors, is currently involved in…

Bracewell Fortifies Financial Institutions Practice, Adds Annette Tripp

Tripp has recently expanded her practice in the FinTech arena, and she says clients are…

Barnes & Thornburg Stengthens Litigation Practice in Dallas

Former V&E partner Elizabeth Brandon is the 10th attorney to join Barnes & Thornburg's Dallas…

K&L Gates Adds Labor & Employment Partner in Houston

Nick Spiliotis says clients are concerned with implementing the U.S. Department of Labor’s new salary…

Greenberg Traurig Continues Growing Bankruptcy Practice in Houston

Karl Burrer is the second bankruptcy and restructuring pro from Haynes and Boone to join…

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Lawyers in the News

Ken Bullock
Jon Chapman
Wilson Chu
John B. Connally
Michael Considine
Jon Dormer
Sal Fira
Maynard Holt
Sean Murphy
Mike O'Leary
Jason Schumacher
Peyton Smith
Chad Watt

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Anderson King
Andrews Kurth
Grant Thornton
Jones Day
Locke Lord
Munch Hardt

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 April 15, 2016.

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

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Low Oil Prices Sink 2015 Texas M&A Activity

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 9) – M&A deals involving Texas-based companies declined 23 percent last year, according to Mergermarket. The downturn was significantly more pronounced in the energy sector, which saw a near 40 percent decline in deal-making in 2015 from the year before. As a result, 16 of the top 25 corporate law firms representing companies saw a decline in their Texas-based M&A work – some by as much as 45 percent.

There is good news, however, from The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker, which shows many of the law firms that lost deal work from Texas oil and gas companies generated a sizeable amount of work – as much as 53 percent – from clients outside of Texas.


V&E: Still the King of the Oil Patch

By Natalie Posgate – HOUSTON (Feb. 11) –The Houston-based law firm has dominated M&A league tables for law firms representing Texas-based businesses for as long as such accounting has taken place, thanks to its strength in advising clients in the energy sector. As a result, V&E reported record revenues and profits in 2014, as the lawyers in its Texas offices generated more than $1 million in revenues each. But many legal industry observers and competitors privately predicted V&E’s legacy of supremacy in Texas M&A would end in 2015. V&E certainly seemed vulnerable. But the firm still remained at the top.

Find out why in this article.


Chris LaFollette: The No. 1 Texas M&A Dealmaker in 2015

clafollette2 By Natalie Posgate – HOUSTON (Feb. 11) – The Houston Akin Gump partner led more M&A deals than any other lawyer in the Lone Star State this past year. The Texas Lawbook sat down with LaFollette and heard her insights on M&A activity in 2015 and what’s in store for 2016.


Chris May: The Biggest Moneymaker in 2015 M&A

cmay By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 9) – The relatively new Texan and young partner at Simpson Thacher ranks No. 1 across the state in deal value by individual lawyer – and by a lot. New data from The Texas Lawbook's Corporate Deal Tracker reveals that May led $91.7 billion worth of deals in 2015.


Financial Advisers take Hit in Texas M&A in 2015

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 8) – Investment banks focused on oil and gas in Texas saw their M&A deal count plummet in 2015. Mergermarket shows that some financial advisers – Tudor Pickering Holt, RBC Capital, JPMorgan, Citi and Barclays – were hit harder than others. A handful of investment banks – Lazard, Credit Suisse, Piper Jaffray, BMO Capital and Lincoln International – increased the number of Texas-based deals they handled. Deloitte restructuring expert William Snyder says a few financial advisory groups are well positioned for the wave headed our way.