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Locke Lord Provides Insight on Combating Workplace Sexual Harassment

By Natalie Posgate – (Jan. 23) – With new sexual harassment scandals surfacing nearly every week, companies are increasingly reevaluating whether they have the proper protocols to handle any incidents that occur in the workplace. A group of labor & employment experts from Locke Lord are here to help. The Lawbook tuned into the firm’s comprehensive webinar and laid out the takeaways that every in-house legal department and their HR teams should consider. 

DVAP Endowment Ensures the Future of Access to Justice in Dallas

By Michelle M. Alden of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program – (Jan. 23) – Last year, Dallas Bar Association President Michael K. Hurst grew concerned about the stability of funding for legal aid to the poor in Dallas County. In response, he led the charge to create the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Endowment to help fund the DVAP’s services should state or federal funding streams dry up. Though Hurst was only officially inaugurated as the DBA’s 109th president over the weekend, he and others have already pledged nearly $500,000. 

White & Case, Katten Muchin to Open TX Outposts; DLA Piper Expands; AKK and V&E Partners Jump

By Mark Curriden and Brooks Igo – (Jan. 22) – The 2018 legal free agency market is starting off with a tidal wave of lateral moves. The Texas Lawbook has learned that New York corporate law firm White & Case is opening in Houston, Chicago’s Katten Muchin is launching in Dallas, DLA Piper is quadrupling headcount in Dallas, AKK’s merger with Hunton & Williams is progressing and Baker Botts is snatching three MLP partners from V&E. And then after lunch…. The Lawbook has all the exclusive details.

Judge David Counts: Meet the Western District’s Newest Article III Jurist

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 19) – U.S. Magistrate Judge David Counts in Midland heard two felony pleas agreements Thursday morning and recommended to the U.S. District judge that they be accepted. After lunch, Judge Counts accepted the pleas of a handful of criminal felony defendants. Between the two court appearances, he was sworn in as the new U.S. District judge for the Western District of Texas. The Texas Lawbook has an exclusive interview with Judge Counts.


Norton Rose Fulbright Global Chair: ‘Texas Lawyers are Bigger than Life’

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 19) – Tricia Hobson was in Dallas on Thursday and Houston on Friday – a mere 8,581 miles from her law firm’s office in Australia. Her new position as Global Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright requires that she visit the firm’s offices in 58 cities around the globe. She says the lawyers in Texas are unique from those anywhere else in the world. The Texas Lawbook has the exclusive interview.

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: Eight Firms and 49 Texas Lawyers Back to Work on 10 Transactions Worth $6.28B

By Claire Poole – (Jan. 18) – It was clearly back to work for Texas attorneys in the second full week of January with eight firms working on ten transactions worth a total of nearly $6.3 billion. As she does each week, Claire Poole has all the details in The Texas Lawbook.

USA Compression Partners To Acquire ETP’s CDM Resource Management in $1.8 Billion Deal

By Claire Poole – (Jan. 17) – USA Compression Partners announced a $1.8 billion deal to acquire CDM Resource Management from Energy Transfer Partners. It’s a complicated deal and, therefore, involved lots of Texas lawyers. Claire Poole explains in The Texas Lawbook.

Exco Resources Chooses Kirkland & Ellis as Ch. 11 Advisers

By Jon Prior of the Dallas Business Journal – (Jan. 17) – Dallas oil and gas company Exco Resources filed for bankruptcy this week as executives are in discussions with its creditors to restructure its troubled balance sheet. Exco has hired Kirkland & Ellis, which has offices in Houston and is also representing Energy Future Holdings in its bankruptcy, as its lead outside counsel to advise the company on its corporate restructuring.

SCOTX Argument: Ashes to Ashes to Court

By Janet Elliott – (Jan. 16) – The Texas Supreme Court is once again considering the issue of damages for mental anguish in a case involving the cremation of a woman who died unexpectedly in 2007. The case, brought by a son who had been living out-of-state, hinges on whether the funeral parlor involved had a special obligation to find him for his approval. Janet Elliott has details of the argument in The Texas Lawbook.

Famed Criminal Defense Attorney Doug Mulder Dies

By Allen Pusey – (Jan. 15) – Defense attorney Doug Mulder, who gained fame both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, is dead at 79. Details as they emerge in The Texas Lawbook.

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Liberty Oilfield launches $200M IPO to delight of industry – and some Texas lawyers

Liberty Oilfield launches $200M IPO to delight of industry – and some Texas lawyers

A noticeable lull in IPOs was broken last week by the revival of an issue postponed last year. Denver-based Liberty Oilfield Services not only revived the issue, it…

11th Circuit Rejects Andy Beal’s Appeal in Owls Head Battle Against BB&T

11th Circuit Rejects Andy Beal’s Appeal in Owls Head Battle Against BB&T

A three-judge panel in Atlanta’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has upheld a lower court’s decision to not award damages to a North Texas vulture…


David Monk is a ‘Great Boardroom and CEO Counselor’

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 23) – Dave Monk’s first work experiences included landscaping and roof maintenance for a multi-family housing complex in Louisiana. The experience caused him to value the benefits of an air-conditioned office job. Now, as General Counsel of Richardson-based RealPage, a global software provider, Monk not only enjoys air-conditioning, he is also a finalist in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Read about Monk in The Texas Lawbook. Bonus: the story includes a rock band.

Juanita Harris is a ‘Force of Nature’ for Diversity

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 23) – Her passion was evident years ago, when she mentored high school students while working as an accountant. None of that changed when she moved on to become a trial lawyer. Now, as senior legal counsel at AT&T, Juanita Harris heads all diversity and inclusion efforts for the communications giant. Harris is a finalist in the 2017 Outstanding Legal Counsel Awards, and in this Texas Lawbook profile, she describes how companies and law firms can make the legal profession truly diverse.

Tom Mason & Tonja De Sloover are Energy Transfer’s One-Two Punch

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 22) – Tom Mason and Tonja De Sloover and their legal department at Energy Transfer Equity are finalists in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards for Business Litigation of the Year. And they’ve had a lot of that to deal with: In Delaware, a $33 billion fight over a failed merger: in North Dakota, endless legal struggles over the Dakota Access Pipeline; in Texas, they’re leading the battle to restore a $535 million jury verdict on appeal. Learn more about the philosophy behind their aggressive approach to litigation in The Texas Lawbook.

Wingstop’s Darryl Marsch Enjoys International Dealmaking & Boneless Wings with Hot Sauce

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 22) – What do New Braunfels, David Crosby, Krispy Kreme, William Rehnquist and bone-in chicken wings have in common? Answer: 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards finalist Darryl Marsch. See how all that strings together in Mark Curriden’s profile of Marsch in The Texas Lawbook.

Michelle Brookshire: Preventing Litigation is Better than Winning

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 22) – Michelle Brookshire says she had no idea what lawyers did. But her thoughtful approach to legal issues at LSG Sky Chefs has earned her a nod as a finalist in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. The Texas Lawbook has details of her work in an unusual and highly-regulated food services company.


EFH, Oncor, Vistra – A Corporate Restructuring for the Decades

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 19) – In some ways, it was more saga than bankruptcy: A four-year-long, $45 billion corporate restructuring that included the elimination of more than $20 billion in debt, four corporate M&A divestitures valued at $18 billion each, heated battles with state regulators that caused two of those deals to collapse, and the $20 billion spin-off of two subsidiaries. And now the deal is a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Mark Curriden describes the EFH journey through the courts in The Texas Lawbook.

Dena Stroh & NTTA’s Law Firms Finalists for Biz Litigation and M&A Deal of Year

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 18) – Dena Stroh says she had no idea that government law could be fascinating. But in 2017, she guided the North Texas Tollway Authority through one of the largest government bond issues in the U.S., as well as a potentially major class-action lawsuit. For that, and more, she and what she calls her “excellent lawyers” are nominated in two categories of the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Read the details in The Texas Lawbook.

Michael Sukenik is ‘Adept at Operating Across Diverse Markets’

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 18) – Michael “Misha” Sukenik travels a lot. He’s the legal officer behind two of the best known franchise names in the Yum! Brands inventory in 120 countries. He’s also a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Read about him in The Texas Lawbook.

GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Locke Lord Chooses Laura Edrington to Lead Houston Office

Edrington, who succeeds David Taylor, will lead an office of more than 130 attorneys. She…

Yetter Coleman Boosts IP Litigation Prowess with Two New Partners

Bob McAughan and Jeff Andrews were previously at the IP litigation boutique Sutton McAughan Deaver,…

Winston & Strawn Deepens Energy Transactions Bench in Houston

Douglas Atnipp lateraled over from Greenberg Traurig, where he was co-managing shareholder of the firm’s…

Baker McKenzie Promotes Three to Partner in Texas

The firm announced 20 new partners around the world.…

2017 CDT Data on the Way


Thanks to all firms who submitted their 2017 deals to the Corporate Deal Tracker. We will be back online soon with the results. In the meantime, firms that wish to receive credit for 2018 should submit their M&A or capital markets deals through our new online form below.

New to Corporate Deal Tracker, or need a refresher on its criteria? You can also find that below.


Lawyers in the News

Peter Bogdanow
Michelle Brookshire
Andy Calder
Deborah Coldwell
David Counts
Jay Cuclis
Tonja De Sloover
Stacey Doré
Tricia Hobson
Rob Hoffman
Marc Katz
Marc Kesselman
Mike Lynn
Darryl Marsch
Tom Mason
Allen Nye
Mike Rosenwasser
Mark Solomon
Anne Sparks
Dena Stroh
Michael Sukenik
Andy Wright
Tom Yoxall

Firms in the News

Baker Botts
DLA Piper
Haynes and Boone
Locke Lord
LSG Sky Chefs
Lynn Pinker
Norton Rose Fulbright
White & Case
Yum! Brands




The Corporate Deal Tracker is currently undergoing a redesign. While we work on the final touches, check out our recent reports below on Mergermarket’s Texas-specific data. Corporate Deal Tracker will return with up-to-date data in mid-September.

Texas Lawbook Surpasses 9,000 Subscribers & 2,000 Corporate In-House Counsel

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 22) – I am pleased to announced that The Texas Lawbook officially surpassed 9,000 paid subscribers in August – more than 2,000 of them are corporate in-house counsel and general counsel. The 25 largest law firms in Texas and more than 35 corporate in-house legal departments have subscriptions for all their lawyers. In addition, tens-of-thousands of more business leaders read Texas Lawbook articles that are republished in the Dallas Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. This article is an update on recent developments at The Texas Lawbook and plans for the months ahead.


Trinity Industries: Their Hard-Fought Fifth Circuit Win Yields Three Outstanding Corporate Counsel Finalists

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 17) – A 2014 East Texas jury verdict that Trinity Industries violated the False Claims Act resulted in a $663 million judgment against the Irving-based manufacturer of highway guardrails. Instead of cratering, Trinity launched a counter-offensive led by the company’s top legal officers, Theis Rice and Sarah Teachout. In 2017, the duo and their outside counsel scored an historic reversal—earning them nominations as finalists in three categories of the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. The Texas Lawbook explains.

Chasity Henry is a ‘Recognized Problem-Solver’

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 17) – Chasity Wilson Henry had just graduated from law school in 2006 when she found herself handling nine-figure M&A deals with some of the savviest corporate lawyers in North Texas. Now Assistant General Counsel at Kimberly-Clark—and a finalist in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards—Henry is leading the legal department in strategic acquisitions and joint ventures. The Texas Lawbook lays out the reasons Henry is a fast-rising legal star.

Blake Rice’s Job is ‘Problem-solving with Really High Stakes’

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 17) – For Blake Rice, the work day starts early. Though he is based in Dallas, the lifelines of Neuberger Berman, the fast-rising investment services company he represents, stretch across time zones from London to Hong Kong and beyond. His grasp of complicated global transactions has earned him both respect and a nomination for a 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award. Learn about him in The Texas Lawbook.

David Hernandez Serves as Trusted Counselor & Adviser to Hunt Family

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 16) – Baltimore-born David Hernandez made his reputation in Texas as a tax lawyer and a strategic thinker. After years in the law firm trenches, he has emerged as a masterful in-house counsel at Hunt Consolidated and a trusted Hunt family advisor in a time of delicate transition. For this, and more, Hernandez is a finalist in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Learn more about him in The Texas Lawbook.

Janie Perelman: ‘People Just Want to be Treated with Respect’

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 16) – A massive data breach in 2014 could have been catastrophic for Michaels Stores. The arts and crafts company had to explain what happened to regulators, notify 2.6 million customers and fend off no less than five massive lawsuits. But Michaels has recovered, and many credit the rapid and transparent response by Janie Perelman, the company’s assistant general counsel. And now she’s a finalist in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Read how she did it in The Texas Lawbook.

Lennie Nicholson Wanted to be Radar O’Reilly, but Became a Great Banking Lawyer

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 16) – Lennie Nicholson has helped guide a tiny credit union into a publicly-traded company. For that, the vice president and associate general counsel of LegacyTexas Bank has been named as a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Not bad for an Upstate New Yorker who got hoodwinked by Uncle Sam. Read more in The Texas Lawbook.

Chris Luna Uses ‘Carrots and Sticks’ to Push for Law Firm Diversity


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 15) – Chris Luna, chief counsel at MetroPCS, has been a fixture in Dallas business and public life. He is an outspoken proponent of diversity in both the legal profession and the businesses they serve. His legal department is a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Find out why in The Texas Lawbook.

Liberty Mutual Corporate Counsel Kimberly Houston “Sees the Bigger Picture”


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 15) – Kimberly Houston’s fascination with the law may have begun with “Matlock,” but it’s grown into an expertise on such weighty subjects as employment misclassification and regulatory compliance. As Corporate Counsel for Liberty Mutual, the insurance giant, Houston has wrestled with large-scale undertakings, from a class action defense to the development of the company’s new corporate campus in North Texas. And now she’s a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Read about her in The Texas Lawbook.

Stacie McNulty ‘Embodies the Spirit’ of the Public Service & Pro Bono Award


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 12) – Stacie McNulty is a highly-respected authority on intellectual property. Her observations on the subject have been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. But her long-standing commitment to programs dealing with HIV and other public health issues commands something close to awe. As a result, she’s a finalist in the upcoming Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Details in The Texas Lawbook.

Award Finalist: Oncor’s Complex Asset Swap with Sharyland


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 12) – When Oncor Electric Delivery Company and Dallas-based Sharyland Utilities swapped assets in 2017, it was more than another $400 energy distribution deal. It was a solution to a problem that had plagued and perplexed 60,000 rate payers. That’s one of the reasons the deal is a finalist in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Read about what made it unusual and who made it happen in The Texas Lawbook.

Nicola Hobeiche Has a ‘Personal Sense of Obligation to Help Others’


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 11) – Nicola Hobeiche is assistant general counsel at ORIX USA, but her office is often a minefield: of books or clothes or toys headed for a homeless shelter. Sure, she’s an experienced and respected trial lawyer, but she’s also a first-rate community servant and a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Read about her in The Texas Lawbook.

Brittany Perez ‘Crafts Unique & Custom Solutions to Complex Legal Issues Around the Globe’


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 11) – Brittany Perez jumps horses in competition. As vice president and associate general counsel of Match.com, she’s also involved in issues as diverse as consumer class actions and cybersecurity. She’s a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards and her profile in The Texas Lawbook spells out why. Spoiler alert: She didn’t meet her husband on Match.

Keitha Wright ‘Rolls Up her Sleeves’ on Diversity


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 10) – Keitha Wright was the first person in her family to graduate from college. Now the Howard University Law School grad is senior counsel at G2 Secure Staff. Because of her work inside and outside, she’s a finalist in the diversity category of the Outstanding Corporate Counsel awards. More in The Texas Lawbook.

Baron Oursler Offers ‘Legal Answers that Provide Business Solutions’


By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 10) – Baron T. Oursler decided to become a lawyer as an 11-year-old boy. Now he’s general counsel of a $1 billion trucking company. He’s also among finalists in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel awards for 2017. Read more in The Texas Lawbook.

Cross-Border Dealmaking for TX Companies Plunges in 2017


By Claire Poole and Mark Curriden – (Dec. 6) – Cross-border deals in Texas are down dramatically in 2017. Aside from the usual suspects – a strong dollar and undependable oil prices – is a new one: the uncertain parameters of the Trump administration’s “America First” policies. Some transactional lawyers think a lack of policy structure breeds uncertainty among foreign investors. Others think it has no effect at all. This exclusive in The Texas Lawbook has the numbers and the story behind them.