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Locke Lord Wins $36M in Well Blowout Containment Project Dispute

dcarson1L By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 23) – A team of Locke Lord attorneys said Tuesday that they secured a $35.9 million judgment for a Houston company that claimed losing out on millions for a construction project it worked on for a year and half longer than originally contracted but the general contractor refused to pay.

Sidley and Kirkland Advise on $1.5 Billion Energy Deal

oilwell1t By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 23) – New York private equity firm Kimmeridge Energy used Houston lawyers with Sidley Austin in its sale of West Texas assets for $1.5 billion. Denver law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs advised the buyers, The buyer, PDC Energy. Financial adviser Evercore turned to the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis for its legal representation.

On UNT Accreditation Challenge, is the Real Problem the ABA?

ferguson-wright2 By Natalie Posgate and Mark Curriden – (Aug. 23) – Ashley Wright is a mother, wife and high school English teacher in DeSoto. She has an MBA, was an executive team lead for Target and taught for Teach For America in rural Arkansas. She is also an African-American student in UNT Dallas College of Law's night program, where she is in the top 10 percent of her class, was awarded the prestigious Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship and has already interned for Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.

The American Bar Association should consider Wright Exhibit A for its push to produce more minority lawyers who are committed to public service and enter the legal profession without mountains of student debt.

But the ABA also may be the reason that Wright never gets a chance to practice law.

Dallas Judiciary and Legal Organizations to Host Day of Civility

walost1L By Wesley S. Alost of Jones Carr McGoldrick – (Aug. 19) – Have Dallas attorneys gotten too abrasive or unprofessional in efforts to represent their clients vigorously? To discuss the subject, the DBA, Dallas Chapter of ABOTA, local Inns of Court and SBOT Professionalism Committee will host a half-day CLE on Sept. 9 to reaffirm the Texas Lawyers’ Creed. Some of DFW's most prominent judges and trial lawyers will address the principles of civility, even toward those you fiercely battle against in court. This article has all the details.

Baker Botts, V&E Advise in Two Stock Offerings

mduckworth2L By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 19) – Baker Botts and V&E advised Jones Energy and Tallgrass Energy on two separate capital markets deals this week. In addition, Baker Botts advised Jones Energy in an M&A deal related to its stock offering.

Chief Justice Hecht Favors UNT Law Grads Taking State Bar

nhechtL1 By Natalie Posgate and Mark Curriden – (Aug. 18) – Texas’s highest ranking judge said he supports UNT Dallas College of Law’s first class of graduating students taking the Texas bar exam next July – even if the American Bar Association refuses to give its stamp of approval.

Ten Things You Need to Know as In-house Counsel: A Primer on Litigation Financing

smiller1L By Sterling Miller – (Aug. 18) – Corporate legal departments have a common refrain: how do we get enough money to do the things we need to do to protect the company? A growing solution for many businesses is “litigation financing.” Like it or not, litigation financing is only going to become more prevalent. In-house counsel need to be able to provide guidance to the company and the senior management about whether it is something the company should explore further.

In-House Counsel Forum Highlight Ways to Protect Clients in Government Investigations

seclgo1 (Aug. 18) – UT Law's Government Enforcement Institute announced Thursday that SEC FCPA Chief Kara Brockmeyer will highlight the line up for its late September program in Houston. Now in its third year, the Institute provides a collegial forum for in-house counsel to engage with peers and high-level current and former government officials from the SEC, DOJ, EPA and other agencies. It brings together distinguished faculty to discuss key issues and strategies for protecting companies and executives in government investigations and litigation.

Sidley and V&E Advise in $1.6B Concho-Reliance Deal

By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 15) – Sidley Austin and Vinson & Elkins lawyers said Monday that they advised Concho Resources and Reliance Energy in their agreement for Concho to purchase 40,000 acres in the Midland Basin from Reliance for $1.6 billion.

HBA’s Juvenile Records Sealing Project Provides a Fresh Start

schneider-fischer1 By Judge Michael H. Schneider and Brian J. Fischer – (Aug. 15) – The Juvenile Records Sealing Project sealed its 200th juvenile record in Harris County in May. This program, which received the Outstanding Partnership Award from the State Bar of Texas in June, teams the justice system with the private sector and can help juveniles build a road to the future without being held back by the past.

Trial Lawyers Unite to Sanction Brewer in Jury Polling Case

bbrewerx1L By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 12) – Plaintiffs’ attorneys and corporate defense lawyers found a common bond Friday: they jointly believe that Dallas lawyer Bill Brewer should be sanctioned for improperly trying to influence jurors and claim the right to trial by jury is at stake. Three influential legal groups – the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the American Board of Trial Advocates – filed an unprecedented joint amicus brief Friday asking a state appeals court to uphold a trial judge’s ruling that Brewer committed misconduct for doing a so-called “push poll” weeks before his case was set to go to trial. Brewer is appealing the sanctions. The article has full details.



Key Energy Settles FCPA Charges for $5 million

By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 12) – The SEC announced Friday that Houston-based Key Energy Services is paying $5 million to settle charges that its Mexico operations violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The SEC’s Fort Worth Regional Office says Key Mexico made $229,000 in illegal payments to a contract employee at Pemex.

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Phil Hardberger – Trial Lawyer, Judge, Mayor, Pilot & Senior Statesman

phardbergerL1 By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 23) – Phil Hardberger has an unparalleled bio in legal history. During a 48-year career, he's been an Air Force captain and piloted a B-47 Bomber. He served as executive assistant to Sargent Shriver in the Peace Corps. He was a successful trial lawyer, as juries four separate times awarded his clients more money than they sought at trial. As respected and prolific chief appellate judge, he authored more than 350 majority opinions. And he was the wildly popular mayor of San Antonio.

At age 82, Hardberger is not done yet.

The George Bramblett Dividend

gbramblettL2 By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 23) – For five decades, George Bramblett has racked up an impressive record of courtroom victories, including wins for many unsympathetic and vilified clients. In the process, the 76-year-old Haynes and Boone partner established himself as one of the most successful commercial trial lawyers in the Southwest, which is quite a compliment when you realize that he practiced in an era when trial lawyers reigned as gods in Texas.

“We were really in a golden era, when there were a lot of trials and lawyers got along much better,” Bramblett says.

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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 June 30, 2016.

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

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Corp. Deal Tracker Exclusive: Top Firms, Lawyers Vie for Work in Tight Deal Market

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By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 8) – The Corporate Deal Tracker rankings for the first half of 2016 are official. The usual law firms and individual lawyers rank in the top 20 for M&A and securities offerings, but there are a few surprises. The numbers show that, despite the oil and gas slow down, Houston transactional lawyers are still busier than their Dallas counterparts. The bottom line is that competition among M&A and capital markets lawyers is fiercer than ever, even as deal activity remains slow.


Corporate Deal Tracker: Door Cracks Open for Capital Markets

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By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 3) – Texas lawyers found that the capital markets remained tight-fisted during the first six months of this year, but new data indicates that the door to the vault might be cracking open ever so slightly for the rest of 2016.

The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker shows that Texas-based lawyers worked on 115 securities offerings valued at $51.5 billion in the first half of the year. That marks a significant decline from the deal flow witnessed in H1 2015 – down 35 percent on count and 45 percent on value – but it wasn’t nearly as bad as the market conditions during the second half of last year, the data shows.


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

M&A Deal Count by Sector Short By Natalie Posgate - 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. shadowseprright1

Mergermarket: Texas M&A Dollar Declines Again in Q2

Texas-based M&A X2s Short By Natalie Posgate - 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. shadowseprright1

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

By Kerry Curry - 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.