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Exclusive - Xerox GC Don Liu to Texas Law Firms: “No Excuse” for Lack of Diversity


dliu1L By Mark Curriden – (October 21) – Don Liu minced no words over last week's God-awful findings by the Dallas Diversity Task Force. “There is no excuse. None,” Xerox's GC said. “The demographics of Dallas and Texas make hard for any law firm to justify these results.” Liu, who hires dozens of Texas lawyers to handle his company's legal business, recently fired a law firm because it refused to take diversity seriously. Clay Scheitzach says his boss "understands that a lot of law firms talk about being committed to diversity but their actions don’t back it up."


TX Lawyers Advise in Three Deals Worth $12.6 Billion


jmouton2L By Natalie Posgate – (Oct. 20) – It’s been a busy Monday for Texas lawyers at Porter Hedges, Locke Lord, Latham & Watkins and McGuireWoods, who are involved in three deals that total to $12.6 billion. In the largest deal, Houston partners Jeremy Mouton and Ragna Henrichs of Porter Hedges co-advised Chesapeake Energy in its agreement to sell shale assets to Southwestern Energy Company for $5.4 billion.


Mergermarket: Texas Businesses & Firms Saw Record M&A in Q3


q32014mmchartsL2 The third quarter of 2014 was another record for M&A involving Texas companies. Deals were plentiful, lead by Kinder Morgan's $71 billion consolidation. For the full listing of the top 20 law firms handling M&A in Texas, scroll to the bottom of the page.


Misconduct Charges Against Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones Rejected


ejones3L (Oct. 15) – A three-judge panel dismissed allegations that the judge made improper statements showing bias against ethnic minorities and those with mental illness, the Houston Chronicle reports.


Top Stories
V&E Advises Targa Resources in $7.7 Billion Acquisition of Atlas

V&E Advises Targa Resources in $7.7 Billion Acquisition of Atlas

Houston-based Targa Resources Partners LP and Targa Resources Corp. are acquiring Atlas Pipeline Partners, LP and its Pennsylvania-based master limited partnership, Atlas Energy, LP, for $7.7 billion.…

Pro Bono Death Penalty Case Reaches Finish Line for Carrington Coleman

Pro Bono Death Penalty Case Reaches Finish Line for Carrington Coleman

Their client, Manuel Velez, was sentenced to death in 2008 for allegedly murdering his girlfriend’s 11-month-old son on Oct. 31, 2005 by causing severe head injuries to the…

Andrews Kurth Handles Three Deals

Andrews Kurth Handles Three Deals

Lawyers from Andrews Kurth are currently working on two acquisitions and one securities offering for clients. …

V&E and Kirkland & Ellis Advise in $700 Million Equity Deal

V&E and Kirkland & Ellis Advise in $700 Million Equity Deal

Houston-based Windy Cove Energy LLC has received a commitment from New York energy private equity firm, Blackstone Energy Partners and affiliates to invest up to $700 million. …

Latham Advises in $340 Million Bakken Shale Deal

Latham Advises in $340 Million Bakken Shale Deal

Natural Resource Partners will acquire $340 million worth of assets in North Dakota from an affiliate of Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Company for $340 million. …

Analysis: Federal Courts Better Define Privilege for In-House Counsel

Analysis: Federal Courts Better Define Privilege for In-House Counsel

Even when an in-house lawyer’s advice has a business component, if one of several primary purposes of the communication is to give or seek legal advice, the confidentiality…

V&E and Gardere Advise in Commercial Trucking Transaction

V&E and Gardere Advise in Commercial Trucking Transaction

Addison-based Daseke Inc. on Friday announced that it is acquiring Fort Worth-based and privately held Lone Star Transportation for an undisclosed amount. …


Mark Werbner’s Pilgrimage Leads to Historic Verdict in Terrorism Lawsuit Against Arab Bank


mwerbner1L By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 25) – Dallas trial lawyer Mark Werbner may have won the most important trial of the decade this week. He engineered a 10-year global legal battle against Jordan’s Arab Bank for allegedly financing terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel. The result was a landmark verdict that could change international banking forever. But the victory was not without personal consequences to Werbner, who still has nightmares about what he's seen and learned.

“I didn’t realize the personal toll it would take on my family and me,” Werbner confides. “This case has been an obsession for me – to the point of being unhealthy.” Read the article for full details.

The IPO Market In 2014: Are Boom Times Back?


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By Bill Howell – (Sept. 16) – The IPO market appears to have fully recovered from the stock market crash of 2008. Sixteen Texas-based companies priced initial public offerings in the first half of 2014 - up from five during the first half of 2013. This article compares the Texas IPO market to the rest of the U.S. We also provide details about the 16 IPOs so far this year, how well each has done and lists the law firms involved.


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Exclusive: Fluor GC Carlos Hernandez Insists that Ethics Must Be Priority for Lawyers & Businesses


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By Mark Curriden – (Oct. 13) – The General Counsel Forum honored Hernandez, a civil engineer-turned-construction lawyer, for a career committed to ethics, even during times of severe crisis. In an exclusive interview, Hernandez discusses his escape from Cuba as a boy, the tough days he spent as GC at grocery wholesaler Fleming and the need for increased diversity in law firms.

“Carlos put a previous job as general counsel on the line," says Fluor asst. GC Craig Birchette. "He had to tell senior executives that their conduct was improper and that the CEO had to leave."

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Lawyers & Firms

Texas Access to Justice Foundation Funds Legal Aid for Veterans

Texas Access to Justice Foundation Funds Legal Aid for Veterans

TAJF recently announced grants totaling more than $426,000 that will help fund civil legal services…

Munsch Hardt Expands in Houston, Talks Future Growth

Munsch Hardt Expands in Houston, Talks Future Growth

The firm added eight attorneys from Harrison Bettis to their Houston office, who will solidify…

Schiff Hardin Enters Texas, Snags Squire Patton Boggs Attorneys

Schiff Hardin Enters Texas, Snags Squire Patton Boggs Attorneys

The five partners spearheading the new office are Larry Makel, Gina Betts, Kenneth Betts, Stan…

Kelly Hart Opens Midland Office, Laterals O&G Law Veterans

Kelly Hart Opens Midland Office, Laterals O&G Law Veterans

The firm's fourth office officially opened Oct. 1 and includes nine attorneys from Hinkle Hensley.…

Former EDS GC Gil Friedlander Joins Sidley

Former EDS GC Gil Friedlander Joins Sidley

“I talked to a lot of law firms and Sidley has by far the best…


Attn. General Counsel: Big Changes are Coming to Wage-and-Hour Law


rrickman1 By Rob Rickman – (Sept. 19) – It is simply a matter of time before the federal government starts enacting changes that could increase minimum wage, raise the salary threshold for overtime exemption, and change commonly used overtime exemptions that make it more difficult for employers to qualify employees under those exemptions. Is your company prepared? This article examines the landscape and tells you what to expect.


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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5 - 6:30 P.M. (Reception to Follow)
Location: SMU Dedman School of Law

Hosted by: SMU Dedman School of Law

Sponsored by: The General Counsel Forum, Jones Day, and Lynn Tillotson Pinker Cox

 REGISTER HERE FOR THE EVENT 

Panelists:
Brock M. Degeyter -
General Counsel, Summit Midstream Partners
Mike Lynn and Jeremy Fielding -
Lynn Tillotson and lead counsel for ETP
James E. Mutrie -
General Counsel, RSP Permian
Roy Powell -
Partner, Jones Day


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Mergers and acquisitions continued at a record-setting pace during the third quarter of 2014. The corporate sections at V&E, Bracewell, Norton Rose, Baker Botts and Andrews Kurth were busier than ever. Latham, Kirkland and Jones Day led the way for out-of-state firms. Kinder Morgan's $71 billion consolidation leads the way.
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Legal Seen

New Texas A&M School of Law Dean Participates in Aggie Ring Day


dayl1L By Brooks Igo - (Oct. 7) – Dean Andrew P. Morriss awarded 20 students their rings at the law school's second Aggie Ring Day.
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