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V&E Represents PAA in $800+ Million Pipeline JV

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By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 27) – Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline and Tulsa-based Magellan Midstream Partners have joined forces to construct a crude oil pipeline from the Denver-Julesburg Basin to Cushing, Oklahoma.

Zoe Littlepage: A Career of Winning Verdicts and Sending Messages to Corporate Boardrooms

zlittlepage1L By Kerry Curry – (Feb. 27) – For more than 25 years, Houston trial lawyer Zoe Littlepage has been involved in some of the biggest and most complex disputes with medical device makers and pharmaceutical companies. She’s taken scores of cases to trial and won hundreds of millions of dollars for her clients. The ABA TIPS Section earlier this month honored Littlepage with its Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who excel in providing access to justice for all.

Why Texas Will Never Recognize Underground Water Migration as Trespassing

dbaay1L By David Baay of Sutherland Asbill – (Feb. 27) – To the disappointment of many landowners, the Texas Supreme Court avoided controversy by instead focusing on the issue of which party bears the burden to prove consent as it relates to the claim of trespass. Although there will be future cases that try to bring the issue back to life, it will continue to be a difficult road for plaintiffs to establish a claim for trespass for deep subsurface wastewater migration. If one day they do prevail, the stakes will be high.

Smartflash Scores $533 Million from Apple in Patent Infringement Case

bcaldwellL By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 25) – An East Texas federal jury ruled late Tuesday that Apple infringed three patents created by a Tyler-based data storage technology company and must pay $532.9 million for doing so. The hometown victory is a step forward for Smartflash and its owner, Patrick Racz, who has also sued some of Apple’s peers on similar infringement claims, including Samsung, Google and Amazon.

Pro Bono Week Forges Connections: Connecting Needs with Passions Leads to Engagement

dgarner By Dan Garner of Hunton & Williams – (Feb. 24) – Garner summarizes Hunton's "Pro Bono Week," which occurred earlier this month.

"Pro Bono Week allows us to spotlight and appreciate area and state charitable organizations that serve our neighbors and improve our community," he writes. "It introduces a broad array of needs to a bunch of good lawyers. We hope that connections will be made, lawyers will engage and good things will happen. Again this year, our hopes came true."

Akin Gump Scores Appellate Win in Discrimination Lawsuit

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 23) – A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a lower court’s opinion that rejected discrimination claims that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought against Freeman, a Dallas-based marketing solutions firm. Akin Gump led the litigation for Freeman.

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Houston Lawyer Craig Glidden Named GM’s New GC – UPDATE

Houston Lawyer Craig Glidden Named GM’s New GC – UPDATE

General Motors announced Thursday that it has selected LyondellBasell Industries Chief Legal Officer Craig Glidden of Houston to be its new general counsel. LyondellBasell didn’t waste time replacing…

V&E, Latham and Andrews Kurth Advise in $1 Billion Pipeline Deal

V&E, Latham and Andrews Kurth Advise in $1 Billion Pipeline Deal

Houston-based Phillips 66 has agreed to sell interests in three of its pipeline systems to its master limited partnership, Phillips 66 Partners LP for $1.01 billion. …

Texas Chief Justice to Legislature: Legal Aid Needs More Funding

Texas Chief Justice to Legislature: Legal Aid Needs More Funding

In his annual State of the Judiciary Address, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said state lawmakers need to increase the money being spent on legal services for the poor…

Stay Small or Merge Big: My Law Firm’s Story

Stay Small or Merge Big: My Law Firm’s Story

In 1984, I started my own commercial law firm with just a secretary. Over 30 years, it grew to 18 lawyers thanks to our model of being a…

Lynn Tillotson Scores $10 Million Arbitration Award Against Lance Armstrong

Lynn Tillotson Scores $10 Million Arbitration Award Against Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong learned Monday that the cost of lying under oath about doping will be at least $10 million – an amount that could be multiplied by 10…


Robert Hart has the Coolest Lawyer Job on Earth – Meet Mark Cuban’s General Counsel

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 24) – For nearly three decades, Hart has been Cuban's friend and chief legal adviser. “Mark goes at a very fast pace,” he says. “He’s out there everywhere. My job is to be his backstop... fill in the holes behind him. I’m here to help Mark do what he does best, but to make sure that he avoids legal pitfalls."

In this in-depth profile, Hart discusses the challenges of being Mark Cuban's top lawyer, the complexity of the deals he's handled and the millions of dollars he spends annually on outside legal fees. Cuban, of course, also weighs in.

“[Robert's] job is to be super conservative and to piss me off... but also to protect me,” Cuban says. "Here’s the thing: When I don’t follow Robert’s advice, it usually bites me in the ass.”

Memories of My Dad: The Story of a Visionary Business Lawyer

rmoore2L By Rodney L. Moore of Weil Gotshal – (Feb. 23) – My dad was a visionary business lawyer who built one of the most influential law firms (Moore & Peterson) in Dallas history. He represented the state’s most important companies and pioneered techniques used in financing and structuring consolidations in the life insurance industry. Dad tried his best to talk me out of being an attorney. I’ve tried my best ever since to live up to the standards he set in his work ethic and integrity.

Lawyers & Firms

DAYL Presents $50,000 to Dallas Habitat and EPIC

DAYL Presents $50,000 to Dallas Habitat and EPIC

The money, specifically earmarked for the Dallas Habitat Jimmy Carter Work Project, was raised at…

In-house to Private Practice: Q&A with Sonja McGill

In-house to Private Practice: Q&A with Sonja McGill

McGill discusses her experiences in-house at J.C. Penney and H.M.S. Holdings and why she decided…

Former Hedge Fund GC Joins Winstead in Fort Worth

Former Hedge Fund GC Joins Winstead in Fort Worth

Andrew Rosell will chair the firm’s investment management and private fund industry group.…

Norton Rose Fulbright Picks Up Former Texas Assistant Attorney General

Norton Rose Fulbright Picks Up Former Texas Assistant Attorney General

Stephanie Leibe, who was most recently chief of the public finance division of the Texas…

Reed Smith Continues Growth in Houston, Adds Second Lawyer this Month

Finance expert Kim Cagle is the latest addition to the nearly 50-lawyer Houston office. Earlier…

Sutherland Bolsters Energy Expertise in Austin

Sutherland Bolsters Energy Expertise in Austin

The Atlanta-based firm added Lino Mendiola III, who was previously the co-managing partner of Andrews…

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‘Shadow Banking’ Leads to Plunge in Texas Business Bankruptcy Filings

By Mark Curriden – DALLAS (Jan. 13) – Business bankruptcy restructuring in Texas declined 20 percent in 2014 and plummeted more than 56 percent during the past five years. Experts point to a booming economy, low interest rates, an unprecedented access to cash through the emergence of a shadow banking system and the ballooning cost of litigating a case in bankruptcy court. But the streak may end in 2015 thanks to falling oil prices.

“There is going to be a horrible re-awakening in March when E&P companies are required to reset their borrowing basis based on reserves,” says William Snyder of Deloitte. “We will see massive hemorrhaging in the smaller oil and gas companies. By May and June, we are going to see a lot of pain out there."


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TMI on Social Media? How to Keep Company Policies Lawful

lschooler1 By Kerry Curry – (Feb. 13) – A quiet work complaint voiced over beers at a corner pub 10 years ago can now go viral on Facebook or Twitter. The popularity of social media brings risks for employers who should tread carefully when placing social media limits into a company policy. The National Labor Relations Board is watching. It is a very fluid area of the law that employers should watch, legal experts said.

Tread Carefully When Writing a Social Media Policy

jansbach7 By Kerry Curry – (Feb. 13) – The NLRB has plenty to say about companies’ social media policies and it hasn’t been too complimentary. The agency believes a significant number of social media policy restrictions are unlawful. We list six red flags that companies need to know. “My advice is to be very aware of the recent guidance from the NLRB,” said General Datatech GC John Ansbach.

Posting, Tweeting, Tagging #Gagging

sshipchandler By Shamoil Shipchandler & Terence Hart of Bracewell & Giuliani – (Feb. 13) – Hey, did you know that you can get yourself in a whole lot of trouble on social media? No, seriously, you can! Wait, you already knew that? Everyone knows that? Well then, why does it keep happening?