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Winston & Strawn Expands to Dallas

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 18) – Chicago-based Winston & Strawn is expected to announce in the next few days that it is opening an office in Dallas. Winston, which has more than 800 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide, is snatching lateral hires away from Fish & Richardson, Jones Day and Locke Lord. Dallas will be the firm’s 19th office.

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Plummet, but EDTX Still Dominates IP Litigation

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 18) – There were 33 percent fewer patent infringement lawsuits filed in Texas in 2016 than there were the year before. Even so, Texas' Eastern District has more than three times as many new patent cases lodged in its federal courts than any other jurisdiction in the U.S. The Northern District also saw its patent docket shrink. Legal experts explain the trend to The Texas Lawbook give their intellectual property predictions for 2017.

Bankruptcy Asset Purchasers Anxious Over Texas Supreme Court Case Involving Louisiana School Land Pollution

By Janet Elliott – (AUSTIN) Jan. 18 – The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments last week in a dispute between ConocoPhillips and Noble Energy. Although the case ostensibly involves liability for a $63 million oil field cleanup, many energy companies are concerned about its potential effect on the market for energy assets traded in bankruptcy. Thomas C. Wright argued for Noble, while Omar Alaniz and Richard Mithoff represent ConocoPhillips.

Skadden and Latham Advise on $2.7B Noble-Clayton Williams Deal

By Natalie Posgate – (Jan. 17) — Houston-based Noble Energy said Monday that it will acquire all the outstanding stock of Clayton Williams Energy, a Midland-based independent E&P company, in a deal that is anticipated to create the industry’s second largest acreage position in the Permian’s Southern Delaware Basin.

General Counsel Alana Newhook is a Star – Literally

By Mark Curriden - (Jan. 12) – As a law student, Alana Newhook dreamed of working as a lawyer for a professional hockey team. Five years later, she is living that dream. “[Newhook] is already the envy of many attorneys as she has combined her legal skills and talents with her passion for hockey,” says FedEx Office GC Kimble Scott. At age 29, Newhook may be the youngest corporate general counsel in Texas. This is her story.

Updated- Not Quite Cheaper Than the Dozen: Six Dozen Houston Lawyers Work on $2.3B Eagle Ford Deal

By Natalie Posgate - (Jan. 13) – The Woodlands-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is pulling out of the Eagle Ford Shale by selling its $2.3 billion assets there to Blackstone Group and Sanchez Energy Corp., the companies said Thursday, and the companies needed 74 lawyers from five law firms to help them do it.

Lawyers from Latham, Kirkland, Akin Gump, Simpson Thacher, Baker Botts and Andrews Kurth Kenyon were all involved in this extraordinarily complex deal. Details here.

Gardner Haas Scores Win for Highpoint Risk in South Carolina

By Mark Curriden - (Jan. 13) – A South Carolina federal judge handed Dallas-based Highpoint Risk Services and its owner Charles David Wood, Jr. a $30 million victory this week in the company’s three-year legal battle with Companion Property and Casualty Insurance.

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<em>Texas Lawbook</em> Exclusive: Mega-deals Broke Texas M&A Size Records in 2016

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Texas businesses smashed all records when it came to mega-mergers, acquisitions and divestitures during the fourth quarter of 2016. The average value of M&A deals in Texas topped…

Exclusive: Runaway Swiss Businessman Returns to Dallas… In Handcuffs

Exclusive: Runaway Swiss Businessman Returns to Dallas… In Handcuffs

A Swiss arbitration ruled that Rudolf Suter owed $2 million to a Florida investor from a failed business deal. Suter ignored it. When the investor discovered he was…

Pipeline Industry Notches Win at Texas Supreme Court in Eminent Domain Case

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After a nine year fight in Texas courts to establish that its carbon dioxide pipeline is a common carrier, Denbury Green walked away from the Supreme Court of…

Analysis: Who Are the Top Contenders for Trump’s First SCOTUS Pick?

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When the next history of the Supreme Court of the United States is written, several pages will be devoted to Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination and the 2016 presidential…

SM Energy GC and Baker Botts Lead $800M Eagle Ford Deal

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Austin-based Venado Oil & Gas chose Baker Botts partner Mike Bengtson of Austin to advise the E&P company in its purchase of property and midstream assets in the…

Analysis: ERISA Fee Litigation in 2016

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Litigation involving the reasonableness of fees in ERISA plans was more prominent in 2016. New suits targeted plan sponsors, universities and investment companies. The fees of plans with…



Lions of the Texas Bar Revisited

By Mark Curriden – (Dec. 8) – 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.

Nathan Hecht’s Supreme Judicial Career - Updated

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 23) – Nathan Hecht has been on the Texas Supreme Court for more than 10,000 days – longer than any other justice in state history. He played a crucial role raising juror pay from $6 to $40 a day, significantly increase funds for legal aid for the poor and established a statewide electronic court filing system. He also engineered a dramatic and historic conservative and pro-historic shift at the Supreme Court.

Hecht is promising he will not put down the gavel for at least eight more years.

Frank Branson: A Passion for Law, Life & Big Jury Verdicts – Updated

By Mark Curriden – (Jan. 23) – Frank Branson has spent a lifetime representing people who have been horribly injured and business leaders who have been screwed over by unscrupulous partners. He's tried more than 100 cases to a verdict - nearly 20 of them resulted in multimillion-dollar jury verdicts. The Texas Lawbook estimates that the combined jury verdicts and settlements achieved by Branson for his clients approach $1 billion.

But it didn’t start out that way.


GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Jones Day’s Hilda Galvan Named Board Chair of Dallas Regional Chamber

Galvan is partner-in-charge of Jones Day's Dallas office.…

Dykema Cox Smith Names Two New Members in San Antonio

David Vanderhider and Harry Wolff III are among a class of six newly-elected members.…

Orrick Names New Partners, Including One in Houston

Charles Walker is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.…

Wick Phillips Elevates Three to Partner

Darla Gabbitas, Noah Nadler and Rob Wills are based in the firm's Dallas office.…

Ward Smith Promotes Brett Miller to Partner

Miller leads the East Texas law firm’s family law practice.…

Commodities Transactional Expert Chad Mills Jumps to HayBoo

Commodities Transactional Expert Chad Mills Jumps to HayBoo

Several law firms went after Mills, a Cadwalader partner in Houston who specializes in structured…

Reed Smith Promotes One to Partner in Houston

Susan Ormand Berry focuses her practice on advising energy companies on structured finance, mergers and…

Fish Elevates Two to Principal in Dallas

Dr. Mike Gaddis and Matthew Mattson are in the firm's intellectual property section and patent…

Hicks Thomas Breaks into Austin and Beaumont

The Houston-based law firm has added trial lawyer Jay Old and five of his colleagues.…

Greenberg Traurig Lands Two New Shareholders in Austin

Mark Stratton and Craig Duewall were most recently at Fort Worth-based Shannon Gracey…

DLA Piper Promotes Two to Partner in Austin

Jenifer Smith and Karen Nelson are based in the state's capitol.…

McGuire, Craddock & Strother Announces Shareholder Promotion

Neill Fuquay focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions.…

Gardere Grows Mexico City Office

The five-lawyer group jumped over to the Dallas-based firm from Carrasco, García Abogados, S.C. and…

Strasburger Beefs Up Three Texas Offices

Five of the six lawyers lateraled over from Fort Worth-based Shannon Gracey, which announced it…

Commercial Litigator Brett Young Rejoins Norton Rose Fulbright

Young started his legal career at the firm in 2003 and made partner there.…

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Lawyers in the News

Omar Alaniz
Frank Bayouth
Scott Breedlove
Kate Cassidy
Leif Clark
Michael Dillard
John Greer
Michael Heim
Sharon Israel
Arnold Johnson
Richard Mithoff
Alana Newhook
Eric Otness
Kimble Scott
Gary Sorden
Mark Tisdale
Paul Wageman
Thomas Wright

Firms in the News

Baker Botts
Carter Scholer
Clayton Williams
Dallas Stars
FedEx Office
Heim Payne
Mayer Brown
Mithoff Law Firm
Noble Energy
Texas Rangers
Wright & Close


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 September 30, 2016.

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

Click on each Chart to see a full listing:

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Corporate Deal Tracker: Securities Offerings Jump Again in Q3

By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 2) – The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker shows the number of securities offerings skyrocketed 72.5 percent and the size of those offerings jumped 53 percent during the third quarter of 2016 compared to one year earlier, but the totals fall far short of the record amount of corporate dollars raised during the first half of 2015. V&E continues to dominate the capital markets in the oil patch. The Texas Lawbook has the Q3 rankings and the details.

Corporate Deal Tracker Q&A with Capital Markets Leader Sean Wheeler

swheeler1L By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 2) – Sean Wheeler has had a productive year so far. The Houston-based Latham & Watkins partner led or co-led 17 securities offerings for issuers or underwriters during the first nine months of 2016. The Texas Lawbook conducted an in-depth Q&A with Wheeler to learn what he anticipates will keep him busy in 2017 and his insights into the current state of the market for securities offerings involving energy companies.

Twinkies, LinkedIn & The Cloud: The M&A Chronicles of Jim Griffin

jgriffen1l By Natalie Posgate – DALLAS (Nov. 1) – If one were to look at Jim Griffin’s 2016 monthly calendar, there would be quite a few events scribbled in. A 1,700-mile move and phone calls and meetings for Microsoft's $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn would just be a couple. The Texas Lawbook recently sat down with Griffin at the Dallas Ritz-Carlton to learn about what has been occupying the time of one of the state's busiest M&A lawyers of 2016.


Corporate Deal Tracker: Jones Day and V&E Fight for Top M&A Honors

madealcounttight1 By Natalie Posgate – (Oct. 27) – Energy transactional work among Texas lawyers remains flat while other areas are up. Deal value is down more than 50 percent. Law firm competition remains stiff. Three lawyers from Weil, Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Kirkland & Ellis rank at the top for leading deals. The Q3 results of The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker are out, with a full analysis in this article.