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Simpson Thacher’s Chris May Advises Dell in $65 Billion EMC Deal

cmay By Natalie Posgate – (Oct. 9) – Players in the merger agreement include Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell; Dell CEO Michael Dell; MSD Partners; private equity firm Silver Lake; and EMC, the world's largest data storage provider. Simpson Thacher represented Dell and Silver Lake, which turned to Houston partner Chris May to co-lead the deal team. A few other Houston attorneys worked on the deal, which primarily involved legal advisors on the East and West coasts.

Plaintiff's Lawyer on Trial in NOV Racial Discrimination Case

jzavitsanos By Kerry Curry – HOUSTON (Oct. 9) – Houston trial lawyer John Zavitsanos went after opposing counsel and her “playbook” to win a jury verdict of no wrongdoing for his client, National Oilwell Varco, in a $120 million-dollar employment discrimination lawsuit.

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V&E Wins Diversity Honor from MCCA

mkellyL By Kerry Curry – (Oct. 8) – The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has selected Vinson & Elkins to receive its annual Thomas L. Sager Award for the South region. The award recognizes law firms for their efforts in promoting diversity. V&E also received the award in 2008 and 2009.

Jones Day Snags Houston Federal Prosecutor Jason Varnado

jvarnado1L By Mark Curriden HOUSTON – (Oct. 7) – The Houston federal prosecutor who won criminal convictions against the top accountants in Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme is leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office to join an international law firm’s white-collar criminal defense practice.

Report: Dallas Firm Diversity Slowly Improves, but Remains Elusive

yostolazaNew By Kerry Curry – (Oct. 7) – Only two of Dallas County’s largest law firms - Sidley Austin and Jones Day - come close to reflecting the diversity of the Texas Bar and the state’s population, according to the "2015 Law Firm Diversity Report" from the Dallas Diversity Task Force, which was released Tuesday.

Lawyers Mourn Loss of South Texas Legal Legend Morris Atlas

matlas1L By Mark Curriden – (Oct. 6) – For six decades, Morris Atlas was the lawyer to see in South Texas. Big corporations from across the globe facing potentially crippling lawsuits hired him to save their businesses. Candidates for public office cherished his endorsement. Lawyers who wanted judicial appointments desired his blessing. And he founded the law firm Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, which is the largest law firm in South Texas with 35 lawyers and three offices. Atlas died Sunday at his home in McAllen. He was 88.

Haynes and Boone Advises AEP in Sale of Barge Subsidiary

hayboologo2L By Kerry Curry – (Oct. 5) – American Electric Power Company (AEP) said it will sell its commercial barge subsidiary to American Commercial Lines for $550 million. The subsidiary, AEP River Operations, is a commercial inland barge company that delivers about 45 million tons of products annually, including 10 million tons of coal. It is based in Chesterfield, Mo., and operates 56 towboat and 2,301 barges.

Haynes and Boone lawyers from three different offices advised AEP on the deal.

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The Accidental Expat: A Guideline for Employers on Employee Cross-Border Travel

The Accidental Expat: A Guideline for Employers on Employee Cross-Border Travel

Because of the urgent needs of today’s business to have boots on the ground as soon as possible, employers may not always pay attention to the requirements and…

<em>Eye Docs v. Wal-Mart</em> Fight over Private AG Enforcement and Exemplary Damages

Eye Docs v. Wal-Mart Fight over Private AG Enforcement and Exemplary Damages

The legal battle between four Texas eye doctors and Wal-Mart has found its way to the Supreme Court of Texas over the issue of exemplary damages in private…

Bracewell Wins $30 Million Case Week Before Trial

Bracewell Wins $30 Million Case Week Before Trial

Vertical North America claimed Bracewell's client, Vopak Terminal Deer Park Inc., fraudulently induced it into entering into an agreement to store ethanol at Vopak’s terminal on the Houston…

Four Texas Firms Advise on Complex Sanchez Midstream Asset Deal

Four Texas Firms Advise on Complex Sanchez Midstream Asset Deal

Texas-based lawyers from Sidley Austin, Andrews Kurth, Latham & Watkins and Akin Gump were all involved in this transaction, which included both a divestiture of assets and a…

Latham, Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts Advise in $38 Billion ETE-Williams Merger

Latham, Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts Advise in $38 Billion ETE-Williams Merger

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity announced Monday morning its plans to acquire Tulsa-based The Williams Companies in a merger agreement worth $37.7 billion. …



A Judge of Distinction & Substance: Meet the Hon. Carolyn King

cking1L By Michelle Hartman – (Oct. 12) – During 36 years on the 5th Circuit, Judge Carolyn King broke glass ceilings and shaped federal law to be more just. She was the first woman chief judge of Fifth Circuit and the first woman to chair the Federal Judiciary's Executive Committee. Judge King has been a leading authority on sovereign immunity and consumer protection rights. Because of an opinion she penned, disability-based harassment claims are recognized under the federal disability act in the Fifth Circuit.

Diversity Champion Cathy Lamboley Reformed GC Suite

clamboley1L By Mark Curriden – HOUSTON (Oct. 12) – As general counsel of Shell Oil, Lamboley transformed how corporate in-house legal departments operate. She slashed the number of outside lawyers the oil company used from 600 to 28. She made diversity a priority. “The outside law firms were upset because they felt we were mucking in the management of their law firms, but I made it clear that this was our money and these were our priorities,” she says.

Martin Beirne: The Game Changer

mbeirne1L By General Motors General Counsel Craig Glidden – HOUSTON (Oct. 12) – The hallmark of Martin Beirne's success has been his refusal to accept the status quo. Marty refused to believe that a firm’s size determined its capability or the kind of clients it could attract and serve. Clients agreed. Beirne served as lead counsel for GM in a three-year litigation campaign to stop the counterfeiting of motor vehicle parts. He helped draft and implement anti-counterfeiting statutes and enforcement procedures in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE. And he represented Conoco Phillips when its offshore oil and gas concession granted by the government of East Timor was challenged by another company.

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Lawyers & Firms

Longtime DBA Executive Director to Retire

Longtime DBA Executive Director to Retire

Cathy Maher has been the executive director for 21 years and served in multiple other…

Thompson & Knight Adds Former Dallas City Attorney Thomas P. Perkins, Jr.

Perkins focuses his practice on government and regulatory matters.…

Bracewell & Giuliani Strengthens Environmental Practice in Austin

Sara Burgin, Kevin Collins, Matt Paulson and Whit Swift are all joining as partners from…

Dallas Trial Lawyer Victor Vital Joins Barnes & Thornburg

Vital said he was drawn to his new firm by the opportunity to build an…

Kelly Hart Adds Bill Caraway to Midland Office

Prior to joining Kelly Hart, Caraway was a solo practitioner in the Eagleford Shale area.…

Ten Things: Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO

Ten Things: Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO

When facing a large lawsuit, corporate general counsel sometimes need to remember to the CEO…

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Lawyers in the News

Martin Beirne
Craig Glidden
Michelle Hartman
Paula Hinton
Mark Kelly
Carolyn King
Cathy Lamboley
Nancy MacKimm
Matt Orwig
Jason Varnado
Joseph West
David Woodcock
John Zavitsanos

Firms in the News

Beirne Maynard
General Motors
Jones Day
Shell Oil
Winston & Strawn

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 value and includes the announcement date, the names of the companies involved and the lawyers and their law firms. These charts were last updated on July 30th.

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Corporate Deal Tracker: Ranking Texas Law Firms and Lawyers on M&A and Securities Offerings in 2015

By Natalie Posgate and Mark Curriden – (Aug. 5) – No corporate transactional lawyers have been busier in 2015 than Mollie Duckworth and John Goodgame.

No Texas law firm came close to advising in more deal making during the first seven months of 2015 than Vinson & Elkins, though Baker Botts, Andrews Kurth and Latham are battling for second place.

Seven months into 2015, The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker leaderboard shows which Texas lawyers are doing the most business mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and securities offerings. We have all the details.


A Word with John Goodgame: The Top M&A Dealmaker in 1H 2015

jgoodgame2L By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 5) – John Goodgame is having a very good year. The corporate partner at Akin Gump has led more mergers and acquisitions (11) during the first seven months of 2015 than any other lawyer in Texas, according to The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker. Learn why he's doing so many energy transactions.


Mollie Duckworth – The Queen of Securities Offerings

mduckworth2L By Mark Curriden & Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 5) – Mollie Duckworth has been a partner at Baker Botts for only 19 months, but has led seven separate securities offerings that raised $3.8 billion during the first seven months of 2015, which was nearly twice as many offerings as any other lawyer in Texas, according to The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker. Duckworth talks trends and what she sees for the rest of the year.