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Stewart Bradbury Debuts Pro Bono Efforts with Female Veteran Community

By Natalie Posgate – (March 19) – Stewart Bradbury kicked off Women’s History Month by sponsoring an event at the veterans’ empowerment center, Honor Courage Commitment. The attorneys at Stewart Bradbury were among 30 Dallas-area lawyers, judges, HR professionals, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals who helped female veterans create vision boards of what they want for themselves professionally and personally in their post-service life. Firm founder Amy Stewart explains why her 7-month-old firm made assisting women veterans a priority for 2018 in this article.

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 51 Texas Lawyers Advise on 17 Transactions Worth $5.8B

By Claire Poole – (March 19) – Spring break in parts of Texas is typically pretty slow in the deal-making world, and this past week was no exception. It was also a secretive bunch this past week, with nine transactions out of the 17 not revealing values and several companies not willing to share their deal counsel. Come on, give these poor vacationing lawyers some credit. Claire Poole has the details in her weekly roundup.

Dallas Lawyers, Including AT&T GC McAtee, Take Center Stage in Historic Antitrust Trial

By Mark Curriden – (March 19) – This week, a potentially epic and landmark trial gets underway in a federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., pitting the mighty power of the United States government against telecommunications giant AT&T of Dallas. A handful of Texas lawyers, including several AT&T in-house counsel and partners in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, are playing prominent roles in the litigation. The Texas Lawbook has details.


iHeartMedia Taps Kirkland, Jackson Walker as Debtor’s Counsel

By Mark Curriden – (March 16) – iHeartMedia General Counsel Robert Walls chose Kirkland & Ellis and Jackson Walker to guide the San Antonio-based radio giant through corporate restructuring. iHeartMedia filed Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston for protection under Chapter 11.

CDT Roundup: Only 15 Deals? Are We Already On Spring Break?

By Claire Poole – (March 12) – Two monster power deals—one after four years of negotiation–ended quietly last week. So did a tepid week of new deals in Texas. The deals were far-flung and diverse, but at $3.3 billion over 15 transactions, Lone Star billables made us believe that someone was getting ready for Spring Break. Claire Poole bears both the bad news and the sordid details in The Texas Lawbook.

A Three-Minute Call & Two Multi-Billion-dollar Wire Transfers – EFH Closes Oncor Sale to Sempra & $42B Bankruptcy Ends

By Mark Curriden – (March 9) – At 7:03 a.m. Friday, Energy Future Holdings GC Andy Wright leaned into a conference room phone on the 41st floor of Energy Plaza in downtown Dallas and spoke six simple words: “EFH has signed off. We release.” Two hours later, two wire transfers totalling $9.4 billion were received. At 9:34 a.m., EFH officially sold its 80 percent ownership in Oncor Electric and the four-year-long, $42 billion corporate bankruptcy came to an end.

The Texas Lawbook was in the conference room and provides exclusive details about one of the most complex and expensive business bankruptcies in U.S. history.

SEC Charges North Texas Energy Firm, Execs with Securities Fraud

By Mark Curriden – (March 8) – The SEC’s Fort Worth office has charged Dallas-based Americrude and two of its executives with defrauding 17 investors out of $950,000 in an oil and gas offering scheme. The alleged scammers created a boiler room of sales employees who cold called potential investors, “using a combination of high-pressure and deceptive sales pitches and false and misleading offering materials.” The Texas Lawbook has details.

Texas Law Leaders Predict More Mergers, More Competition from Nat’l Firms

By Mark Curriden – (March 8) – A new survey by the legal industry consulting firm Zeughauser Group shows that Texas-based business law firms are facing extraordinary competitive pressures from out-of-state corporate legal operations and one-third predict they will need to merge with larger law firms in order to survive or thrive. The survey shows that younger partners are pushing firms to either consider merging or face losing young talent to competitors.

Larry Anders’ Firm Sues Transamerica in Dallas Federal Court

By Natalie Posgate – (March 7) – Life insurance giant Transamerica has had its share of legal troubles over the past few years after getting hit with class action lawsuits in California for sharply raising premiums on tens of thousands of policyholders. Now, Transamerica will have to lawyer up in Dallas since its major general agency, Summit Alliance Financial, has just filed suit against the Iowa-based insurer.


Running Out of Gas: Will FERC Put the Brakes on Natural Gas Pipeline Development?

By Nick McTyre of T&K – (March 8) – The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently announced that the agency would review its process for certifying gas pipeline infrastructure. Nick McTyre of Thompson & Knight writes that FERC should defer making any significant changes to its gas certificate process until current capacity constraints are met under its existing standard.

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Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 116 Texas Lawyers Advise on 19 Transactions Worth $5.4B

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 116 Texas Lawyers Advise on 19 Transactions Worth $5.4B

Capital markets activity accounted for the three biggest deals of this past week, and the nature of most of last week's transactions were energy-heavy, but some other industries…

Judge Denies Motion to Seal Toyota Docs

Judge Denies Motion to Seal Toyota Docs

A Dallas judge has refused to seal a cache of purloined documents in a defective products case involving carmaker Toyota. Since the documents are readily available online, sealing…

SCOTX Upholds Legislative Tax Formulas

SCOTX Upholds Legislative Tax Formulas

In a decision that could significantly impact school funding in the oil patch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that statutory formulas setting valuations for business and personal property…


EFH Bankruptcy Legal & Financial Advisor Fees to Near $1 Billion

By Mark Curriden – (March 14) – The bankruptcy case of Energy Future Holdings is essentially over, but the millions of dollars in fees being paid to lawyers and financial advisers are likely to continue for a few more months. New research by The Texas Lawbook shows that law firms, banks and consultants working on the EFH restructuring have received so far more than $600 million, making it one of the most complex and expensive corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history. The final price tag could approach 10-digits.



Texas Business Bankruptcies Skyrocketed in 2017, Debt Hits ‘Height of Debt Lunacy’

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 26) – Texas companies restructuring in federal bankruptcy court jumped more than 42 percent in 2017, nearly reaching the highs of the Great Recession eight years ago. Filings for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2017 skyrocketed to record levels in the Southern District of Texas and near record levels in the Northern District. Some corporate restructuring experts predict there could be another wave of bankruptcies filed by Texas businesses burdened with historic levels of debt.

GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Greenberg Traurig Promotes Four to Shareholder in Texas

Greenberg Traurig promoted attorneys in each of its Texas outposts.…

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Expert Jumps to Michael Best in Austin

Elizabeth Rogers is the former chief privacy officer of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts…

Akerman Adds Dallas Investor Recovery Specialists

Eduardo Espinosa and Michael Napoli lateraled over from Dykema.…

Kilpatrick Townsend Adds Houston Bankruptcy & Restructuring Pro

Lenard Parkins was most recently at Greenberg Traurig.…

Beck Redden Announces New Executive Director

Katie Tullis was the firm administrator for Greer, Herz & Adams for the past five…

Mayer Brown Grows Houston Litigation Practice

Jon Rice is the second partner to leave Norton Rose Fulbright for Mayer Brown this…

Updated – CHRISTUS Health CLO Moves to Bracewell

Nancy LeGros led a legal department that advised on strategic transactions in the United States…

Ex-Managing Partner of Cozen O’Connor’s Houston Office Laterals to Littler

Charles Wilson represents national and international companies against discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour…

Munsch Hardt Adds Dallas Real Estate and Finance Shareholder Melissa Jenner

Melissa Jenner was previously senior counsel at Thompson & Knight.…

Another LA Firm Expands into Dallas

Two California attorneys are relocating their practices to Dallas to launch Los Angeles-based Manning &…

Wick Phillips Opens Collin County Office

Kristin Jordan Harkins, who recently joined the firm, and the firm’s IP group have been…

T&K Partner Named Chair of Downtown Dallas Inc. Board of Directors

Ted Benn, a partner in the firm’s real estate and banking groups, has previously served…

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

Barry Adkins
Doug Bacon
Justin Bowes
Jeffrey Brooker
Lauren Dean
Nick Dhesi
Bill Drexel
Jon Finger
Adam Fulkerson
Bruce Herzog
J. Eric Holland
Bill Johnson
David Lawson
Jesse Lotay
Christina Lyons
David McAtee
David McAtee Sr.
James Meza II
Scott Miller
Arthur Nathan
Jim O’Bannon
John Pitts
Mike Raiff
Sean Royall
David Stryker
Patricia Tomasco
Kevin Vela
Robert Walls
Rob Walters
Sean Wheeler
Ariana Zikopoulos

Firms in the News

Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Decker Jones
DLA Piper
Gibson Dunn
Greenberg Traurig
Jackson Walker
Jones Day
Kastner Gravell
Michael Best
Vela Wood




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.


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.

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.