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White-Collar Bar Blasts Federal Prosecutors, FBI in Price Acquittal

By Mark Curriden – (April 29) – The "not guilty" verdicts Friday in the John Wiley Price trial means that the U.S. Attorneys Office and the FBI need to completely re-evaluate whether it has the appropriate personnel and procedures in place to prosecute high-profile political corruption and white-collar criminal cases, according to legal experts following the case.

Richard ‘Racehorse’ Haynes Dies at 90

By Mark Curriden – (April 28) – Comedian and musician Kinky Friedman described Haynes as “one of the most successful and most colorful silver-tongued devils to grace Texas since God made trial lawyers.” A legal legend in Texas, Haynes died early Friday at the age of 90. A Houston native and a graduate of the University of Houston, Haynes was the master of courtroom theatrics. The Texas Lawbook has a full tribute to the life and career of Racehorse Haynes.

McKool Smith Wins $43M Antitrust Verdict in East TX

By Mark Curriden – (April 27) – A federal jury in Marshall ruled Wednesday that General Electric Company violated antitrust laws in the marketing of anesthesia machines and the market for GE anesthesia machine servicing. After hearing more than a week of testimony and arguments, the jury ruled 8-0 that GE’s anti-competitive practices damaged 17 U.S. companies that service or refurbish GE anesthesia machines.

Six Baker Botts Partners Jump to Gibson Dunn in Houston

By Mark Curriden – (April 27) – Hillary Holmes and five other Houston energy law partners – James Chenoweth, Gerry Spedale, Doug Rayburn, Tull Florey and Shalla Prichard – moved their law practices across downtown Houston overnight. The lawyers left Baker Botts to join the newly opened Houston office of global law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. “It’s lightning in a bottle,” Holmes said. The Texas Lawbook has all the details.

Chris Hamilton ’Follows the Money Trail’ in Bankruptcy Litigation

By Mark Curriden – (April 27) – Recouping losses in bankruptcy cases resulting from failed mergers or acquisitions is never easy, especially when negligence and reckless fraudulent inducement are alleged. But Chris Hamilton's representation of the trustee in the Primcogent Solutions liquidation has already reaped a $1.2 million settlement and a $18.3 million arbitration award. Now, he's going after the insurance company.

Baker Botts Secures $615M in Funding for Sunnova

By Natalie Posgate – (April 25) – A group of Houston, Dallas and Austin-based lawyers from Baker Botts advised Sunnova Energy Corp. in a record-setting funding round that marked the Houston rooftop solar energy provider’s first asset-backed notes securitization and raised $615 million.

Eversheds Sutherland Advises on Birdsboro Plant Purchase

By Natalie Posgate – (April 25) – Tokyo Gas America purchased a 33 percent stake in the Birdsboro power generation facility near the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Ares EIF and Sojitz hold the remaining two-thirds of the ownership interests in the project, each owning 33 percent.

On Lawyer Hourly Rates, ‘You Get What You Pay For’

By Tom Melsheimer of Winston & Strawn – (April 24) – The idea that inherent in an hourly rate at or north of $1,000 per hour is a unique skill born of decades of experience is hardly a new concept, even if the rate itself is eye-popping. What is new, is the relative scarcity of lawyers with the kind of skills to justify that kind of rate, especially in a trial practice.

Desk Maker Files IP Lawsuits Against Foreign-based Companies

By Evan Hoopfer of the Dallas Business Journal – (April 24) – Coppell-based standing desk manufacturer VARIDESK is suing a handful of companies for copyright and patent infringement.

SEC Files – and Settles – Fraud Claims Against Wayne Energy & CEO

By Mark Curriden – (April 21) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Plano-based Wayne Energy and its owner with multiple counts of securities fraud, including spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of investor funds on casino gambling, purchasing jewelry and making car and house payments.

Lack of FERC Quorum Creates Uncertainty for Infrastructure Projects and Power Markets

By Jay T. Ryan, Jerrod L. Harrison and Kyle H. Henne of Baker Botts – (April 21) – When former FERC Chairman Norman Bay tendered his resignation in February, it left the agency with only two commissioners. The lack of a quorum has left some energy industry participants in a challenging position.

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Sidley Advises in California Oil & Gas JV

Sidley Advises in California Oil & Gas JV

A group of primarily Houston-based lawyers led by Cliff Vrielink and Jim Rice said Thursday that they represented Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) in a joint venture…

Orrick and Gibson Dunn Advise on $2B NOVA Chemicals-Williams Deal

Orrick and Gibson Dunn Advise on $2B NOVA Chemicals-Williams Deal

Calgary-based NOVA Chemicals Corp. said Monday that it will purchase Tulsa-based Williams Partners’ 88.5 percent ownership interest in a Gulf Coast petrochemical facility for $2.1 billion. …

Frost Brown Todd, Latham, Thompson & Knight and V&E Advise in $2B Permian Deal

Frost Brown Todd, Latham, Thompson & Knight and V&E Advise in $2B Permian Deal

A slew of Texas-based attorneys from four law firms worked on Blackstone Energy Partners’ $2 billion purchase of EagleClaw, the largest privately-held midstream operator in the Permian’s Delaware…

Exclusive: Saudi Prince Wins $3M From Irving’s Youtoo Media

Exclusive: Saudi Prince Wins $3M From Irving’s Youtoo Media

In a unanimous verdict, five women and three men ordered Youtoo Media and its general partner, Christopher Wyatt, to pay more than $3 million to Prince Mansour Bin…


CMBS Trusts Maintain Access to Federal Courts After Americold

By Christopher Chauvin of T&K – A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a February ruling brought clarity to subject matter jurisdiction in the formation of commercial mortgage-backed securities trusts.



Lions of the Texas Bar Revisited

By Mark Curriden – During the next three months, The Texas Lawbook revisits our year-long project featuring the Lions of the Texas Bar. Each of the articles has been updated. Many of the articles include new video featuring these great lawyers. We hope you enjoy this project as much as we enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of these Lions.

Mike Boone is a 'Counselor in the True Sense' - Updated

By Mark Curriden – During 50 years of practicing law, Boone negotiated the location of the Ray Nasher museum in Dallas, represented the Dallas Mavericks and Stars in contract talks with the American Airlines Center and was SMU’s point man in convincing the Bush Foundation to locate the George W. Bush Presidential Library at the school.

“Mike is a lawyer-counselor in the true sense,” says AT&T General Counsel David McAtee. “He is trusted by everyone. His character as a person and a lawyer is above reproach. CEOs and general counsel call Mike for advice on much more than just legal issues.” Updated profile with new video.

GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Former Dallas City Councilwoman Jumps to Munsch Hardt

Angela Hunt will help launch a zoning and land use practice at Munsch Hardt, according…

Gardere Adds Two Partners in Dallas, Including Former Assistant GC at Dallas Bank

At PlainsCapital Bank, W. Brian Memory advised C-level executives on corporate regulatory matters and managed…

Holland & Knight Hires its First IP Partner in Texas

Hill, who was most recently in Los Angeles at Quinn Emanuel, returns to Dallas, where…

Three Big Law Partners Launch Houston Litigation Boutique

Former Baker Botts partners Kevin Jordan, Walter Lynch and Michael Cancienne have formed their own…

Houston Energy Regulatory Partner Laterals to Caldwell Boudreaux

Sabina Walia specializes in representing major natural gas pipeline operators in FERC proceedings.…

Blank Rome Picks Up Houston Oil and Gas Litigator Elizabeth Klingensmith

Klingensmith, who was previously at Haynes and Boone, primarily represents large and small companies in…

State Bar Elects Rehan Alimohammad Chair of Board of Directors

Alimohammad is the first immigration attorney and the first attorney of Asian ethnicity to hold…

Gray Reed Partner Jason Brookner Elected to ABI Board of Directors

Brookner also currently serves as the Texas & Southwest regional co-chair for the ABI Endowment.…

Winston Announces Three More Dallas Lateral Partner Hires

Geoffrey Harper, Michael Bittner and Chad Walker all join from Fish.…

Barnes & Thornburg Adds Dallas Energy Real Estate Partner Will Russ

Russ, who was most recently at Vinson & Elkins, said he was excited by the…

T&K Signs Houston Securities Regulation Expert Mitch Gibbons

Over the past year, Gibbons has worked with investment managers on new crowdfunding platforms, robo-adviser…

Hogan Lovells Elects Houston Office MP Bruce Oakley to Board

Oakley will serve as the firm’s Americas representative.…

Baker Donelson Adds Houston Trial Lawyer Phillip Sharp

Sharp has tried oil and gas lease disputes, environmental pollution cases, business interruption claims, pipeline…

Willkie Lures Oil & Gas Transactions Partner Cody Carper

Carper was most recently at Kirkland & Ellis.…


Lawyers in the News

David Coale
Mike Considine
Tom Fitzgerald
Melanie Gray
Jim Griffin
Kevin Jones
Paula Hinton
Steve Morgan
Barrett Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
Anthony Speier
Bill Swanstrom
Mark Solomon
Matt Strock

Firms in the News

Andrews Kurth Kenyon
Gibbs & Bruns
Jones Day
Locke Lord
Lynn Pinker
Waste Management
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 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 December 31, 2016.

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

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Corporate Deal Tracker: Mid-Sized, Private Deals Take the Cake in Deal Volume

By Natalie Posgate – (April 13) – This latest installment in the 2016 Corporate Deal Tracker series breaks down the value range that most Texas-based lawyers' M&A work fell under. It also reveals which law firms did the most small deals, mid-sized deals, and bonus: who did the most deals with confidential values.

Mergermarket: Elite National Firms Get Fattest Slice of TX Megadeals

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 27) – The battle to represent Texas corporations in their largest mergers, acquisitions and divestitures is being won by a half-dozen law firms with offices in Texas and more than a dozen that have no presence in the state at all.

New data from independent research firm Mergermarket shows Texas-based businesses are turning to national law firms headquartered outside of the state to handle the crème de la crème of mega-mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in 2016.