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Patrick Higginbotham: “A Brilliant, Fearless, Independent Judge”


higginwalk1L By Mark Curriden – (July 30) – Judge Higginbotham has authored more than 400 opinions during four decades on the federal bench. His decisions have redrawn Congressional election maps, transformed securities litigation, altered bankruptcy proceedings, and allowed monks to continue selling cheap caskets. But his opinion in the UT admissions case may be his most monumental.

“It was a brave decision,” says former ExxonMobil GC Charles Matthews. “This case is another example of Pat laying out a roadmap for the future. He again demonstrated that he has no political agenda.”


Norton Rose Fulbright Duo Secures Two Class Action Securities Lawsuit Dismissals


pechtstokesL2 By Natalie Posgate – (July 24) – Gerry Pecht and Peter Stokes have had a killer month. They secured major shareholder securities class action lawsuit dismissals for two separate Houston oil and gas companies. LINN Energy GC Candice Wells said she hired the duo because of their experience in securities litigation. “The pattern I’ve observed is on any announcement of bad news, it seems there’s a lawsuit filed,” Wells said. Because of that, Stokes said oil and gas companies will seek an increasing amount of shareholder derivative claims being filed in the months ahead. The Texas Lawbook has the behind-the-scenes details on the two cases.


UPDATE: Dallas Judge Awards ETP $536 Million in Enterprise Partnership Dispute


etpbuilding1L By Mark Curriden – (July 29) – District Judge Emily Tobolowsky issued her official judgement Tuesday awarding Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners $535.8 million dollars in damages in a dispute with a Houston pipeline company over an attempted partnership that went awry. The judgment includes $150 in disgorgement and another $66 million in pre-judgment interest.


Statewide Need is Great for Pro Bono Legal Work on Border Crisis – Updated


nhecht3L By Natalie Posgate – (July 22) – Lawyers across the state are getting involved in pro bono projects to help the migrant children arriving from the border crisis, but Texas’ highest ranking judge says more of them need to step up. “The need is going to be a whole lot bigger than the supply,” said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht.

The Texas Lawbook found out what programs are already in place, some firms’ successes and upcoming CLE sessions for those interested in learning more about the legal needs in the border crisis.


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V&E advises Blackstone Energy Partners in formation of Tamarind Energy

V&E advises Blackstone Energy Partners in formation of Tamarind Energy

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Locke Lord and Akin Gump Advise in $538 Million Midland Basin Assets Deal

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DMN: Ex-Recognition Equipment CEO Loses Trial to End 25 Years Battle

DMN: Ex-Recognition Equipment CEO Loses Trial to End 25 Years Battle

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Locke Lord Closes $800 Million Sale of TGI Fridays

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Weil Leads Closing of PetroLogistic’s $2.1 Billion Sale to Flint Hill Resources

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Andrews Kurth, Hogan Lovells and Bracewell Advise in $1 Billion JV

Andrews Kurth, Hogan Lovells and Bracewell Advise in $1 Billion JV

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Baker Botts Advises in Noble Spinoff of Paragon Offshore

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Fifth Circuit Rules for UT in Race Admissions Case – Updated

Fifth Circuit Rules for UT in Race Admissions Case – Updated

© 2014 The Texas Lawbook. By Mark Curriden – (July 15) – A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that the University of Texas’ use of affirmative action…


Is the 5th Circuit Eyeing a Knockout Blow to Pro-Snax?


epradoL2 By Gregory G. Hesse and Cameron W. Kinvig – (July 29) – Bankruptcy practitioners may see the 5th Circuit revisit its 1998 controversial decision in Pro-Snax Distributors, Inc., which required professionals to show their services resulted in an “identifiable, tangible, and material benefit to the estate” before those services would be compensable under Section 330 of the Bankruptcy Code.



Texas Appellate Justice Joins Gray Reed


jmoseley1L By Kerry Curry – (July 31)—Justice Jim Moseley, who has served on Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals for 18 years, will join Gray Reed & McGraw where he will chair the appellate section.


Lawyer climbs ultimate slippery slope”


legge2L Patricia Baldwin – (Aug. 1) - When Houston attorney Glenn Legge and his wife tried rock climbing on a Colorado vacation, the litigator was told he might be better suited to ice climbing. Some 15 years and many frozen waterfalls later, the Legge, Farrow partner likens the challenging sport to arguing before the Supreme Court of Texas—you’ve got to anticipate unanticipated developments.


Gardere Solidifies Mexico Presence with New Subsidiary


sgoodL By Natalie Posgate – (July 29) — Gardere Wynne Sewell has converted its Mexico City office, which started out as a joint venture entity between the firm and a group of Mexico City-based lawyers, into a wholly owned subsidiary of Gardere. As a result of the transaction, the firm also has a new member of its board of directors: Roberto Arena.


DMN Exclusive: Former Dallas CEO Has No Regrets After Losing Jury Verdict


bmoore1L By Michael Lindenberger of The Dallas Morning News – WASHINGTON (July 27) — Bill Moore’s wife of 52 years still wasn’t speaking to him. Two days before, a federal jury had unanimously sided against Moore, proving that getting what you want — even after spending $2 million and 25 years to get it — can be a miserable experience.

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Veteran Jackson Walker Partner Selected to Lead Dallas CASA

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Get Wall Street Out of the Practice of Law

Get Wall Street Out of the Practice of Law

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Coffee with Squire Patton Boggs: Merger Means “Getting to Know Each Other” in Texas

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DAYL Wine Tasting Event


daylwine2L By Brooks Igo – (July 14) – Jones Day associate Chiji Offor was honored with this year's DAYL Pro Bono Service Award.
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Justice Eva Guzman Named Liaison at Texas Access to Justice Reception


guzmanliaison1L By Brooks Igo – (July 14) – More than 70 judges and lawyers were in attendance for the Texas Access to Justice Commission's Second Annual Champion of Justice Society Reception at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Austin.
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