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Businesses & GCs Need to Address Same-Sex Marriage Decision Quickly


nlane1L By Mark Curriden – (June 29) – Minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage Friday, lawyers across Texas say their phones starting ringing with business clients asking a simple question: What do they need to do now? The unanimous answer, according to legal experts, is they need to do a lot and they need to do it fast or possibly pay the consequences. The good news for Texas businesses is that the changes they need to make are neither complicated nor expensive.


Dallas Group Wins its Supreme Court Case Against Texas Housing


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By Michael Lindenberger of The Dallas Morning News – WASHINGTON (June 25) – A chancy bet by a Dallas nonprofit group has paid off in a big way for civil rights advocates, as the Supreme Court has just ruled that those affected by discriminatory housing decisions can sue under the Fair Housing Act even if they can’t prove the bias was intentional.


Oil & Gas Lawyers: Royalty Owners can Win Against E&P Operators



ddrez1L By Janet Elliott – AUSTIN (June 24) – Attorneys representing royalty owners in the explosion of litigation against energy companies are encouraged by a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling that interpreted a drilling lease as clearly excluding post-production costs from royalties. In a closely watched lease dispute, a sharply divided court agreed with the family that Chesapeake entities had improperly deducted post-production costs from royalties paid on gas wells located on 948 mineral acres in the Barnett Shale.


H.B. 1455: New Texas Law Governing Condominium Association Construction Defect and Design Claims


goodmancasey1L By Mark A. Goodman and Patrick J. Casey of Fox Rothschild – (June 23) – Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1455 which significantly affects construction defect or design claims by requiring condominium associations to fulfill certain preconditions prior to initiating a lawsuit. This article discusses this new law’s technical provisions of the pre-suit procedures, including the requirement for a third-party inspection and written report, opportunity for construction professionals to address potential defect or design claims and the requirements of notice to and approval of the unit owners prior to commencing litigation.


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Baker & McKenzie and Weil Advise in $18 Billion Merger

Baker & McKenzie and Weil Advise in $18 Billion Merger

London-based Willis Group Holdings and Arlington, Virginia-based Towers Watson announced Tuesday that they have agreed to join forces through an all-stock, $18 billion merger.…

Gibson Dunn Leads Lone Star’s $7.6 Billion Acquisition

Gibson Dunn Leads Lone Star’s $7.6 Billion Acquisition

The Dallas private equity firm agreed Monday to purchase 41,917 apartment units in 121 different communities from East Coast-based Home Properties for $7.6 billion. Lone Star, which has…

Bill Brewer Moves Forward without Bickel

Bill Brewer Moves Forward without Bickel

For three decades, Bickel & Brewer were the bad boys of the legal profession. Then, John Bickel retired last year. On Monday, the firm unveils its new name:…

SCOTX Provides Clearer Guidance for Workplace Injury Cases

SCOTX Provides Clearer Guidance for Workplace Injury Cases

The Supreme Court of Texas issued a potentially precedent-setting decision that may have significant future implications for both workers at Texas businesses and the employers. …

SCOTUS: Baker Botts Loses Battle over Fees in Bankruptcy Case

SCOTUS: Baker Botts Loses Battle over Fees in Bankruptcy Case

The justices ruled that lawyers who vigorously fight with their own clients in bankruptcy court over legal fees cannot seek reimbursement for the time they spent battling over…

Texas’ Eastern District Moves May Curb Recent Trend of Early Challenges by Patent Suit Defendants

Texas’ Eastern District Moves May Curb Recent Trend of Early Challenges by Patent Suit Defendants

Patent holders asserting their rights in front of U.S. District Judge Gilstrap likely will applaud a new rule that allows cases to move forward with some discovery and…

Latham and Bracewell Lead Complex $5.35 Billion Midstream JV Formation

Latham and Bracewell Lead Complex $5.35 Billion Midstream JV Formation

New York-based Hess Corporation agreed Thursday to form a joint venture valued at $5.35 billion with private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners. …

Dallas Litigator Leads Big 12 and Conference USA Win over Former Student-Athletes

Dallas Litigator Leads Big 12 and Conference USA Win over Former Student-Athletes

Polsinelli partner Leane Capps scored a huge victory last week for two major college sports conferences when a federal judge in Tennessee rejected claims by 10 former college…

New Litigation Boutique Burns Charest Scores Big Settlement

New Litigation Boutique Burns Charest Scores Big Settlement

Dallas trial lawyer Warren Burns’ four-year-long contentious antitrust and commodities litigation against two London-based energy companies and a handful of their officials has resulted in a $16.5 million…

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AlixPartners Selects Kathryn Koorenny as New GC & Managing Director


kkoorenny1L By Mark Curriden – NEW YORK (June 24) – Kathryn Koorenny was a star in-house lawyer at American Airlines. She guided the Fort Worth airline through the potentially crippling 9/11 litigation and the massive bankruptcy reorganization. Now, she’s the new general counsel at billion-dollar global consulting firm AlixPartners, running a legal department of 15 and dozens of outside counsel relationships.

Only one question: Can she cook a world-class bowl of chili for AlixPartners Chili Cook Off? Koorenny answers all the questions.


Dena Stroh Settles in as NTTA GC


dstroh2 By Mark Curriden – (June 22) – Exactly three months ago, the North Texas Tollway Authority named Dena DeNooyer Stroh its new general counsel. Stroh, the former GC at Murchison Oil & Gas and a former partner at two prominent Dallas law firms – Gruber Hurst and Carrington Coleman – said her first 90 days on the job have shown her the position is perfect for her.


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Lawyers & Firms

Blank Rome Combines with Wong Cabello, Beefs Up IP Practice in Houston

Blank Rome Combines with Wong Cabello, Beefs Up IP Practice in Houston

The Philadelphia-based firm doubled its presence in Houston by adding 24 lawyers from the IP…

Houston Law Firms Get Diversity Report Card

Houston Law Firms Get Diversity Report Card

The Houston Multi-Bar Diversity Committee issued final grades to law firms based on their hiring…

New Dallas Boutique Focuses on Health Care and Business

New Dallas Boutique Focuses on Health Care and Business

Michael Byrd and Brad Adatto founded ByrdAdatto earlier this year.…

DMN: Justice Willett – Tweeter Laureate in Texas

DMN: Justice Willett – Tweeter Laureate in Texas

The Texas Legislature, before it adjourned, created the position “Tweeter Laureate” and it named state…

Barnes & Thornburg Newest Firm to Open Office in Dallas

Barnes & Thornburg Newest Firm to Open Office in Dallas

Mark Bayer and Randy Gordon received calls weekly from headhunters trying to convince them to…

McDermott Will & Emery Makes Big Splash in Dallas

The firm is more than doubling its Dallas office by adding two teams of M&A…

Austin IP Litigator Alan Albright Returns to Bracewell & Giuliani

Austin IP Litigator Alan Albright Returns to Bracewell & Giuliani

Albright spent the last year at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. He is a former U.S.…

Norton Rose Fulbright Boosts Houston Office with Energy Transactions Team

Norton Rose Fulbright Boosts Houston Office with Energy Transactions Team

Partners John Mauel and Julie Mayo and senior counsel Jay Stiffler join from Pillsbury's Houston…

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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 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 May 26.

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Veteran Litigators Whip DAYL into Shape at Trial Boot Camp


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By Natalie Posgate – (June 10) – After about a year of planning, leaders of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers finally saw the fruits of their labor this past weekend at what was widely considered the most successful DAYL event in 2015 so far.


Texas Law Firms Fight for Talent, Revenues and Survival


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By Mark Curriden – (May 14) – Despite record revenues and profits, the Texas legal market is in turmoil. Even as elite law firms experience phenomenal growth in revenues and profits, many large, full service Texas law firms struggle to tread water and could face major restructuring or even extinction.

There's a fierce battle over talent. Law firms that pay the most get the best lawyers. The best talent gets the best clients. The best clients pay the highest rates, which leads to greater revenues and profits.

“The deck has been completely reshuffled in Texas,” said Kent Zimmerman with Zeughauser Group. “In a short amount of time, the leaderboard has changed significantly.”

The Texas Lawbook interviewed more than two-dozen legal industry insiders in an in-depth examination of the state's business law marketplace.


SMU, UT and UH Lead in Law Graduate Job Placements


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By Natalie Posgate – (May 5) – Law firms are hiring more Texas law school graduates than they did at the end of the Great Recession five years ago, but new statistics suggest that the legal industry’s economic recovery has gone flat or possibly even slowed during the past two years.