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TX Law Firms Gear Up for Booming Mexican Legal Market


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By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 19) – Dozens of law firms – most of them prominent Texas operations – are trying to expand into Mexico ahead of major energy reforms being implemented that could lead to tens-of-billions of dollars being invested in oil and gas projects. Law firms are opening new offices in Mexico, expanding their existing Latin America presence and raiding each other’s Mexico offices to hire experienced and well-connected corporate lawyers. This story provides a comprehensive look at efforts by law firms in Texas and beyond to jockey for position to attract major clients seeking to grow south of the border.


Dallas Think Tank Sues Law Firm


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By Jim Landers of The Dallas Morning News – (Nov. 20) – The National Center for Policy Analysis has sued Winstead and its chairman emeritus Mike Baggett, claiming legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty. "We look forward to vigorously defending these allegations and feel certain that a thorough review of the circumstances will show that Mike acted appropriately and ethically as he always does," the law firm said in a statement.


Baker Botts Leads Halliburton’s $34.6 Billion Purchase of Baker Hughes


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By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 17) – Halliburton GC Robb Voyles turned to his former law partners at Baker Botts to handle the Houston-based energy giant's $34.6 billion purchase of Baker Hughes. The companies' Monday announcement marks one of the biggest deals of 2014.


ADL Recognizes Jeff Chapman: Master of M&A but with a Kind Heart


jchapman1L By Mark Curriden – (Nov. 17) – The Gibson Dunn M&A partner has closed dozens of business mergers and acquisitions valued accumulatively at more than $50 billion during his three decades as a corporate lawyer in Dallas. But this week, the Anti-Defamation League will honor Chapman for what is in his heart.


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Lawyers for Waste Management, IP and MIMC Win Big in Billion-dollar San Jacinto River Environmental Trial

Lawyers for Waste Management, IP and MIMC Win Big in Billion-dollar San Jacinto River Environmental Trial

The three companies hired Barrett Reasoner, Paula Hinton and Winn Carter to fight Harris County's demand for $3 billion for the 1965 disposal of tons of sludge laced…

V&E Represents 7-Eleven Operator in $437.5 Million Refinery Purchase

V&E Represents 7-Eleven Operator in $437.5 Million Refinery Purchase

Dallas-based Alon USA Energy, Inc. has agreed to acquire the Krotz Springs Refinery in Louisiana from its Delaware limited partner, Alon USA Partners, LP for $437.5 million.…

Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm to Pay Wife $1 Billion in Divorce

Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm to Pay Wife $1 Billion in Divorce

A judge in Oklahoma on Monday ordered Hamm to pay his wife $323 million before the end of 2014 and another $7 million a month for the next…

Baker Botts and V&E Advise on $1.15 Billion Pipeline Deal

Baker Botts and V&E Advise on $1.15 Billion Pipeline Deal

Plains All American has agreed to purchase Occidental Petroleum Corporation's 50 percent interest in the BridgeTex pipeline, which extends from Colorado City in West Texas to Texas City.…

Shell Defamation Case Has Profound Implications on Federal Corruption Investigations

Shell Defamation Case Has Profound Implications on Federal Corruption Investigations

AUSTIN – At issue in the Texas Supreme Court is whether companies that cooperate with criminal investigations for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act should be immune…

Baker Botts Leads $1.8 Billion Spin-Off for Kimberly-Clark

Baker Botts Leads $1.8 Billion Spin-Off for Kimberly-Clark

A group of Baker Botts lawyers primarily from Dallas helped Kimberly-Clark close its previously announced spin-off of its health care business, Halyard Health, Inc. …

Declining Oil Prices = Decline in Oil Patch M&A

Declining Oil Prices = Decline in Oil Patch M&A

More than a dozen Texas-based energy M&A lawyers and investment bankers say they have personally witnessed one or more proposed deals halted during the past two weeks because…


Texas Legal Marketing: An $80 Million Industry and Growing


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By Mark Curriden – (Nov. 7) – Two decades ago, most Texas law firms shunned marketing. That has changed. There are now more legal marketing professionals employed in Texas than public librarians, state court judges or licensed tow truck drivers. Some CMOs make more money than a majority of the lawyers at their law firms. Law firms now hire full-time professionals just to improve their lawyers’ standings in rankings.

An analysis by The Texas Lawbook and The Dallas Morning News shows that lawyers and firms in the state will spend an estimated $70 million to $80 million in 2014 on marketing, business development and public relations efforts.



Harpist Plays Creativity into Law Career


siglerharpL2 By Patricia Baldwin – (Nov. 17) – Winston & Strawn partner Denmon Sigler is used to the question: How did a harpist become an oil and gas attorney? Despite its frequency, the query continues to surprise Sigler, and she counters with her own question: Aren’t musicians, other artists and lawyers required to be creative?


Legendary Lawyer, WWII Veteran Henry Gilchrist Turns 90


hgilchrist1L By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 11) – As a young man, Henry Gilchrist spent part of the 1940s defending the Panama Canal from attack in the midst of World War II. Little did he know at the time that years later he would become one of the most influential lawyers in Texas, handling some of the biggest deals in Texas history for oil tycoon Clint Murchison and the Dallas Cowboys.

This Veteran's Day, The Texas Lawbook recognizes Gilchrist for his achievements both on the war front and at the negotiation table, as well as a landmark birthday. The legendary lawyer turned 90 last week. Continue reading for more of Gilchrist's story as well as a few video clips of his interview with The Texas Lawbook.


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Lawyers & Firms

Legal Consultant: Texas Firms to Cut Underperforming Partners to Compete with Nat’l Firms

Legal Consultant: Texas Firms to Cut Underperforming Partners to Compete with Nat’l Firms

More global law firms are planning to move into Texas and they will continue to…

Texas Civil Rights Project Recognizes Three Texas Lawyers

Texas Civil Rights Project Recognizes Three Texas Lawyers

Paula Hinton, Jennifer Doan and Cindy Saiter were recognized at the TCRP's 24th Annual Bill…

Prominent Healthcare Expert Lisa Genecov Jumps to Norton Rose Fulbright

Prominent Healthcare Expert Lisa Genecov Jumps to Norton Rose Fulbright

Genecov will lead the firm’s healthcare transactional practice in Dallas.…

Locke Lord Picks Up Bankruptcy Expert Berry Spears

Locke Lord Picks Up Bankruptcy Expert Berry Spears

Spears was formerly the partner-in-charge of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Austin office. …

Texas Legal Aid Then and Now

Texas Legal Aid Then and Now

AUSTIN – With IOLTA revenues still in the toilet, advocates of legal aid have been…


Attn General Counsel: What Do You Do When Domestic Abuse Affects the Workplace?


rchapman2L By Ron Chapman, Jr. and Adam Alexander – (Nov. 14) – Recent headlines about abusive NFL players, accompanied by dramatic video, have brought domestic violence into the forefront of the national conversation. What does a general counsel do when its his or her employee who is being abused at home? What are the ramifications if one of your employees is accused of abuse? These two experts provide practical guidance.


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Lawyers in the News

Linda Addison
Rick Burleson
Winn Carter
Jeff Chapman
Ron Chapman, Jr.
Bob Croyle
Josiah Daniel
Alberto de la Peña
Henry Gilchrist
Luis Gomar
Paula Hinton
David Kirkland
Gillian Hobson
Rick Lacher
Jeff Liebster
Andrés Ochoa Bünsow
Bill Parrish
James Ranspot
Barrett Reasoner
Kelly Rose
Gabriel Ruiz
Clay Scheitzach
Scott Schwind
Denmon Sigler
Marshall Simmons
Mark Stachiw
David Stone
Robb Voyles

Firms in the News

Alon USA Energy
Baker Botts
Baker & McKenzie
Burleson LLP
DiNovo Price
DLA Piper
Gardere
Gibbs & Bruns
Gibson Dunn
Greenberg Traurig
Halliburton
Haynes and Boone
Hogan Lovells
Houlihan Lokey
Hunton & Williams
Jones Day
MLA
Morgan Lewis
Norton Rose
NxGen Partners
Strasburger
T&K
Ogletree Deakins
V&E
Xerox
Winston & Strawn
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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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