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NY Firm Chadbourne Joins Norton Rose Fulbright Operations

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 21) – Norton Rose Fulbright, which has its U.S. operations based mostly in Houston, announced Tuesday that it is “combining” forces with Chadbourne & Parke, a 400-lawyer firm based in New York. Chadbourne has no lawyers or offices in Texas. By adding Chadbourne under its umbrella, Norton Rose Fulbright grows to more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices spanning 32 countries, including more than 1,000 attorneys in the U.S.

Are East Texas' Days Numbered as Patent Suit Hub?

By Jeff Bounds – (Feb. 21) - East Texas may well lose its standing as patent lawsuit capital of the nation in a closely-watched case scheduled for argument in late March before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In TC Heartland vs. Kraft Foods, the justices are considering whether to toss out VE Holding Corporation vs. Johnson Gas Appliance, a 27-year-old ruling that has allowed patent suits to take place in any jurisdiction where the defendant has sales.

Baker Botts Adds Nine Lateral Partners

By Brooks Igo – (Feb. 21) – Nine partners from Norton Rose Fulbright have joined the firm’s Houston office. The move is a boon for Baker Botts’ corporate practices.

King & Spalding Beefs Up Houston Corporate Practice with Six New Partners

By Brooks Igo – (Feb. 21) – The Atlanta-based firm lured four partners from Andrews Kurth and two partners from Bracewell.

Former SCOTX Justice Dale Wainwright Laterals to Greenberg Traurig

By Brooks Igo – (Feb. 21) – Wainwright, who was previously at Bracewell, will lead GT's Texas appellate group. The Texas Lawbook will have comments from the former justice later today.

Chief Judge Barbara Lynn Brings Patience, Order and Blind Justice to John Wiley Price Trial

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 20) – This week, hundreds of North Texans report to jury service in the public corruption trial of Dallas Co. Commissioner John Wiley Price. The trial is considered one of the most important and controversial of a governmental official in Dallas history. Race, religion and politics are significant factors. Legal experts say that U.S. Chief District Judge Barbara Lynn is the perfect judge for the case.

“This trial has all the elements of a case that could turn into a circus,” says legal ethics expert Randy Johnston. “There are a few judges who could keep this trial from getting out of control, but none of them could do it with more grace and dignity."

Texas Law Lets Attorney-Client Privilege Transfer to the Buyer of a Business

By Jon Henderson and Reid Johnson of Polsinelli – (Feb. 21) - This article discussed Texas law regarding the pre- and post-M&A ownership/treatment of attorney-client privilege and provides practical advice for how to preserve the privilege throughout the transaction due diligence and negotiations process.

Latham, V&E Advise on Gastar’s $425M Capital Financing

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 18) – Houston E&P company Gastar Exploration said Friday that it has secured $425 million in new financing from funds managed by affiliates of Ares Management, a Los Angeles-based investment firm.

SEC Accuses Patrick Howard & Two Dallas Investment Funds of Fraud

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 16) – The SEC has charged Dallas venture capitalist Patrick O. Howard, Howard Capital Holdings and Optimal Economics Capital Partners with operating a $13 million Ponzi scheme and providing false or misleading information to investors. A federal judge has frozen all assets and ordered employees of the investment firms to cease nearly all of its business operations. The Texas Lawbook has complete details.

Ten Things: In-House Counsel Working at Home

By Former Sabre & Travelocity GC Sterling Miller – (Feb. 16) –Corporate in-house counsel working from home can allow lawyers to be more productive, generate improved morale and used as a retention tool and as a way of attracting new talent. While working from home is growing, many general counsel are hesitate to permit it because they have one primary concern: “If I cannot see them, how do I know they are really working?” This article examines the benefits and pitfalls of in-house counsel working at home.

Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts Handle FBM’s $179M IPO

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 14) – A group of Dallas lawyers from Baker Botts and Gibson Dunn are working on an initial public offering expected to close tomorrow for California-based Foundation Building Materials Inc., a distributor of specialty building products that is owned by the Dallas-based private equity firm, Lone Star Funds.

Trump. Russians. Hacking.

By General Datatech GC John Ansbach – (Feb. 11) – Cybersecurity professionals usually welcome the exposure of major data privacy breaches in the news (think Target, Home Depot, Yahoo!). The result of the media attention drives cybersecurity awareness, leading to folks to be more concerned about how to protect themselves and their companies. The allegations of Russian hacking of our elections marks a significant departure from this typical, cybersecurity incident silver lining. This article explains why.

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Texans Sues Safari for Missing Rhino Horns

Texans Sues Safari for Missing Rhino Horns

A Houston businessman who spent more than $250,000 on a safari in Africa has sued the South African operator for failing to deliver two horns from the white…

Updated: Baker Botts and Latham Close First MLP IPO of 2017

Updated: Baker Botts and Latham Close First MLP IPO of 2017

Lawyers from Baker Botts and Latham & Watkins are expected today to close a $103.5 million initial public offering for Kimbell Royalty Partners, the first master limited partnership…

Bracewell and V&E Advise in $2.8B Midland Basin Asset Deal

Bracewell and V&E Advise in $2.8B Midland Basin Asset Deal

(Feb. 8) – Austin-based Parsley Energy and Fort Worth-based Double Eagle Energy Permian have entered a deal that will expand Parsley's net acreage in the Permian Basin to…

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

In 2014, Farmer’s Branch homeowners Felipe and Aurora Rodriguez noticed huge cracks developing in their foundations, floors and walls. Big cracks. The value of their property plummeted. They…

What to Expect from the Texas Legislature in 2017

What to Expect from the Texas Legislature in 2017

The Texas Legislature's 85th Regular Session poses new and old challenges. The Texas House has 22 freshman members. The Senate has three fresh faces. The House also has…

Skadden and Andrews Kurth Kenyon Advise on $9.3B ONEOK Deal

Skadden and Andrews Kurth Kenyon Advise on $9.3B ONEOK Deal

Tulsa-based natural gas pipeline company ONEOK said Wednesday that it will purchase all outstanding common units of its master limited partnership, ONEOK Partners, for $9.3 billion in common…

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

(AUSTIN) – A Hurricane Ike claim that grew from $11,000 in home repairs to more than $1 million in awarded damages is the eye of a brewing legal…

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Allen Pusey (Jan. 30) – The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday affirmed an appeals court decision setting aside a jury verdict…


Updated: Colleagues, Friends Mourn Loss of Munsch Hardt Founder

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 21) – Austin bankruptcy lawyer Russell Munsch, one of the founding partners of Dallas-based Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, was one of five people who were killed Tuesday in a small plane crash in Australia. Munsch Hardt officials issued a public statement Tuesday morning that confirmed the lawyer’s death. The Texas Lawbook has the details.


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.

Harold Kleinman – A Pioneer of M&A in Texas – Updated

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 13) – For six decades, Harold Kleinman pioneered the modern-day corporate M&A law practice in Texas. With clients such as Neiman Marcus, Centex, Lone Star Steel, Noble Energy and Lennox International, Kleinman led Thompson & Knight to become a powerhouse in the energy sector. He also was a founding father of Texas Access to Justice, which provides funding for poor people to have a lawyer.

“I was just a lawyer who represented clients and believed everyone deserved a fair shake under the law,” he says.

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

Judge Royal Furgeson: A Truly Great American – Updated

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 13) – During his four and a half decades as a lawyer, Royal Furgeson has had some great jobs. He spent a quarter a century as a trial attorney and two decades as a federal district court judge. Now, he is dean of the University of North Texas College of Law. Furgeson is also the unofficial lead cheerleader for the legal profession. “I’m as excited about the law today as I was 45 years ago,” he says. (Editor's Note: Article contains new videos.)


GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Baker Botts to Receive Award from Houston Bar Foundation

The firm will receive the award for Outstanding Large Firm Contributions to the Houston Volunteer…

Littler Adds Privacy and Data Protection Expert to Dallas Office

Gary Clayton is the former senior director of privacy programs at ADP.…

Dykema Cox Smith Associate Elected to Board of Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley

Long is a McAllen-based associate in the firm’s financial services litigation practice group. …

Sayles Werbner Promotes Sawyer Neely to Partner

Neely represents both plaintiffs and defendants in personal and business disputes involving direct and derivative…

Dallas Fed Names David Teeples as VP and Deputy General Counsel

Teeples was previosly in private practice at the Dallas office of Squire Patton Boggs.…

SMU Dedman School of Law Renames Moot Court Competition

The Howie & Sweeney Moot Court Competition has been renamed the Lynn Pinker Cox &…

Dallas Real Estate Transactions Boutique Merges with Litigation Team

Aaron Tobin and a group of litigators from Anderson Tobin have joined Condon Sladek Thornton…

Bell Nunnally Boosts Labor and Employment Practice

Mark Shoffner, who lateraled over from Andrews Kurth, focuses his practice on employment law and…

McKool Smith Lures Former Associate General Counsel of Litigation at Ericsson to Dallas Office

Frank Vecella is currently representing his former employer in a "cutting-edge case" against China-based TCL…

Jackson Walker Elevates 10 to Partner

The newly-minted partners are from a total of five different offices.…

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Promotes Andrés Correa to Partner

Correa recently played a key role in achieving a $146 million verdict for T. Boone…

Seyfarth Shaw Promotes Houston Attorney to Partner

Cleve Glenn focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and commercial finance.…

Hogan Lovells Strengthens Corporate Practice in Houston

Gregory Hill was previously the chair of Locke Lord’s corporate governance practice.…

Gray Reed Signs Energy Transactions Partner Ryan Sears

Sears, who is based in Houston, focuses his practice on upstream and midstream transactions. …

Former Fortune 500 GC David Black Jumps to Greenberg Traurig

The former general counsel of BearingPoint and ACS was most recently a partner at Carrington…


Lawyers in the News

William Alberts
Michael Chambers
Jim Coleman
Nina Cortell
Russ Emerson
Ted Field
Derek Gilliland
Jon Henderson
Pat Higginbotham
Reid Johnson
Randy Johnston
Mark Kelly
Barbara Lynn
Mike Lynn
Russell Munsch
Jim Prince
Peter Schechter
Craig Tyler

Firms in the News

Baker Botts
Carrington Coleman
Greenberg Traurig
Haynes and Boone
Johnston Tobey
King & Spalding
Munsch Hardt
Nix Patterson
Osha Liang
STCLU Houston


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: 2016 = More M&A Action for TX Lawyers

By Natalie Posgate – (Jan. 27) – Texas-based M&A lawyers worked on 24 percent more deals last year than they did in 2015, new data from The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker shows.

This article highlights everything you need to know about the data – from the percentage increase and reasons behind energy deals doing better, to which other sectors saw a significant increase in deals, to what is anticipated for deal flow in 2017.

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.