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TPG Capital Hires Fort Worth SEC Lawyer as Corporate Compliance Leader – Updated


jharris2L Mark Curriden – (Jan. 29) – JoAnn Harris is about to get a big raise. The private equity firm is expected next week to name the SEC assistant director of enforcement as its new deputy director of corporate compliance. “TPG’s footprint is around the globe,” Harris told The Texas Lawbook. “It is definitely going to be a challenge, but it will be fun.”


TX-Based Firms Begin Paying Associate Bonuses


mkellyL By Natalie Posgate – (Jan. 28) – Associate bonuses in Texas are starting to publicly surface. Tuesday, Vinson & Elkins Chairman Mark Kelly sent out a firmwide memo announcing the bonus amounts the firm’s associates will receive for 2014, which he said will be in associates’ accounts by the end of the week. V&E’s bonus amounts, the first from a large Texas-based law firm to be in the public domain, match if not exceed most national or New York law firms that have announced their numbers already.


Morgan Lewis’ Allyson Ho Scores First SCOTUS Win


ahoL By Natalie Posgate – (Jan. 28) – Last month, Allyson Ho celebrated a milestone conquest: completing the first two U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in her career, which took place within three weeks of each other. This week began with another conquest. The Supreme Court returned its opinion for Ho’s first case, M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, and it was in her client’s favor.


De Boulle Prevails in Trademark Case


rphelan1L By Natalie Posgate – (Jan. 26) – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a Dallas federal court decided last week that the precious stone could elicit quite the opposite effect between brothers trying to run their own jewelry businesses under their family name.


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Latham, Baker Botts and Akin Gump Advise in $18 Billion ETP-Regency Merger

Latham, Baker Botts and Akin Gump Advise in $18 Billion ETP-Regency Merger

The two MLP pipeline companies that Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity controls, Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners, have announced that they will merge in an $18 billion…

SCOTX Examines Life Partners Disclosure Requirements under Securities Laws

SCOTX Examines Life Partners Disclosure Requirements under Securities Laws

The justices are weighing whether companies such as Waco-based Life Partners that sell investments in the secondary life insurance market should be required to provide potential investors more…

Bracewell and V&E Advise in $3 Billion Kinder Morgan Purchase

Bracewell and V&E Advise in $3 Billion Kinder Morgan Purchase

The transaction gives Kinder Morgan access to significant operations in the Bakken Formation, and provides Continental Resources CEO Hamm some padding following his recent $1 billion divorce …

Branson to Appeal Court Reversal in $10.7 Million Doctor v. Doctor Business Dispute

Branson to Appeal Court Reversal in $10.7 Million Doctor v. Doctor Business Dispute

Prominent trial lawyer Frank Branson will ask the Texas Supreme Court to reinstate a $10.7 million jury verdict favoring his client in a case accusing a fellow physician…

Forshey Prostok Represents Life Partners in Bankruptcy

Forshey Prostok Represents Life Partners in Bankruptcy

Life Partners decided to pursue the Chapter 11 restructuring as a means of protection as it appeals the $46.9 million judgment against U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. …

Strasburger & HayBoo Win Appellate Reversal in $10.7 Million Doctor v. Doctor Business Dispute

Strasburger & HayBoo Win Appellate Reversal in $10.7 Million Doctor v. Doctor Business Dispute

The Dallas Court of Appeals tossed a $10.7 million jury verdict in a high-profile civil case in which a North Dallas neurologist accused a fellow physician and a…

Fifth Circuit: Lawyer Avoids Contempt in E-Discovery Dispute

Fifth Circuit: Lawyer Avoids Contempt in E-Discovery Dispute

It’s a litigator’s nightmare; Jumping into a fast-paced TRO case about trade secrets, with expedited discovery requests and orders everywhere – with a new client who doesn’t tell…


Energy Future Holdings GC: The Need for Legal Aid is Critical


sdor1L By Stacey Doré – (Jan. 29) – We have a motto in our legal department – “See It. Own It. Solve It.” This also applies to our pro bono service by helping to solve the legal problems facing those less fortunate in our communities. I believe that as members of a unique and special profession, we can and should do so much more.

This article also includes a list of scores of individual lawyers and law firms that gave more than $1.1 million to Equal Access to Justice in 2014.


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GC Finds that Life’s a Blog


ahowell1L Patricia Baldwin – This lawyer leads two lives. As Amy Howell, she is General Counsel of Zimbra, an email software company near Dallas. As Natasha Osteen, she is the blogger behind “Smells Like Butterscotch,” a sometimes irreverent, often hilarious and always relevant look at life, faith, fear, humor… well, you name it. So, obviously, the first query is: What gives, Amy Natasha Osteen Howell? She laughs and tells The Texas Lawbook about her double-identity adventures.


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Lawyers & Firms

Haynes and Boone Makes Mile High Move

Haynes and Boone Makes Mile High Move

Firm Managing Partner Tim Powers says Denver is the second most important market in the…

Charles Eskridge Moves Practice to Quinn Emanuel

Charles Eskridge Moves Practice to Quinn Emanuel

After more than 20 years of practicing at Susman Godfrey, Houston litigator Charles Eskridge has…

Dean Foods Names Marc Kesselman New GC

Dean Foods Names Marc Kesselman New GC

Kesselman has left PepsiCo and Frito Lay to be the new general counsel and Executive…

Fogler Leaves Beck Redden to Start New Boutique

Fogler Leaves Beck Redden to Start New Boutique

Houston commercial trial lawyer Murray Fogler is joined at the new firm by four former…

10 Quick Tips to Keeping In-House Counsel Happy

10 Quick Tips to Keeping In-House Counsel Happy

McGill was in the corporate legal department at JC Penney and HMS Holdings, where she…

Joe Dilg Retires from V&E after 38 years

Joe Dilg Retires from V&E after 38 years

Dilg led many multi-billion-dollar oil and gas mergers and acquisitions, but he will be remember…

Enterprise GC Hildebrandt Goes to Norton Rose Fulbright, V&E’s Murray is new GC

Enterprise GC Hildebrandt Goes to Norton Rose Fulbright, V&E’s Murray is new GC

Enterprise Products, one of the world’s largest oil and gas pipeline companies, has named V&E…

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Lawyers in the News

Jack Balagia
Randy Block
Ron Cami
Bill Chamblee
Elizabeth Daane
Stacey Doré
Ryan Farha
Toby Galloway
Laura Benitez Geisler
JoAnn Harris
Allyson Ho
Barrett Howell
Mark Kelly
Jon Leatherberry
Nicola Nobeiche
Tim Powers
Heather Perttula Randall
Robert Tobey
David Woodcock
John Zavitsanos

Firms in the News

AZA
Bracewell & Giuliani
Chamblee Ryan
EFH
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Haynes and Boone
Kelly Hart
Latham
Morgan Lewis
ORIX
Performance Legal Placement
TPG Capital
Trinity Industries
V&E
Weil
Zimbra Inc.

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‘Shadow Banking’ Leads to Plunge in Texas Business Bankruptcy Filings


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By Mark Curriden – DALLAS (Jan. 13) – Business bankruptcy restructuring in Texas declined 20 percent in 2014 and plummeted more than 56 percent during the past five years. Experts point to a booming economy, low interest rates, an unprecedented access to cash through the emergence of a shadow banking system and the ballooning cost of litigating a case in bankruptcy court. But the streak may end in 2015 thanks to falling oil prices.

“There is going to be a horrible re-awakening in March when E&P companies are required to reset their borrowing basis based on reserves,” says William Snyder of Deloitte. “We will see massive hemorrhaging in the smaller oil and gas companies. By May and June, we are going to see a lot of pain out there."

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Legal Advisers on 2014 M&A for Texas Businesses

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2014 was the Year of the Deal – Texas M&A Hit Record Levels


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By Mark Curriden – HOUSTON (Jan. 2) – Texas companies were involved in more mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures in 2014 than in any year in history, shattering the previous record set before the financial crisis. Led by a trio of mega-deals, the accumulated value of 2014 M&A exceeded the dollar totals of all transactions from 2013 and 2012 combined. The Texas Lawbook has the exclusive data as well as an analysis of the M&A market.


Record Texas M&A, But Who is Doing the Legal Work?


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By Mark Curriden – HOUSTON (Jan. 2) – Mergermarket reports that a handful of large corporate law firms are benefiting greatly from the M&A boom of 2014. Three Texas firms - V&E, Baker Botts and Bracewell - are leading their fair share of the deals. Out-of-state firms, including Latham, Jones Day and Kirkland, score big, too. The Texas Lawbook exclusively lists the top 20 M&A firms and there are some surprises.