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Finding a Road map to `Reasonable Certainty’ in Economic Damages Calculations


lkanter1L By Larry Kanter – (Aug. 28) – Court dockets are littered with verdicts in commercial litigation that have been undermined by weak or flawed economic damages projections and a failure to understand and appreciate the concept of “reasonable certainty” as it relates to calculating lost profits. Proving up lost profit calculations remains challenging, but familiarization with the challenges identified in this article will help litigators on both sides of a Daubert challenge.


Kirkland, Akin Gump and T&K Advise in $850 Million Haynesville Assets Deal


acalder1 By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 26) – GeoSouthern Haynesville, LP and GSO Capital Partners announced Tuesday their plans to purchase $850 million worth of Haynesville Shale assets from Canada-based Encana Corporation. GeoSouthern and GSO are executing the deal via their joint venture, GEP Haynesville, LLC.


Baker Botts Advises Schlumberger in $14.8 Billion Purchase of Cameron


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By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 26) – Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Houston-based Cameron International Corporation in a $14.8 billion all-stock transaction. Though both Schlumberger and Cameron have headquarters or primary offices in Houston, Baker Botts was the only firm involved in the deal with a Texas-based team.


Royalty Owners Win MSJ Against Chesapeake, Trial Day Approaches


dcharestL By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 25) – A group of Fort Worth area mineral owners, including members of the wealthy Bass family, prevailed this past week in a summary judgment ruling that supports one of their fundamental claims in their lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy entities, which is set to go to trial Sept. 8. The judge found that Chesapeake violated its leasing contract with the leaseholder plaintiffs by deducting post-production expenses from royalty payments.

“920 South Oak Cliff Boulevard,” Watts said this week in an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook. “If you look at that house, nobody would have predicted my career.”


AT&T GC Wayne Watts Retires


wwatts2L By Mark Curriden – (Aug. 21) – AT&T says David McAtee, a former partner at Haynes and Boone, will replace Wayne Watts as its chief legal officer on Oct. 1. Watts, widely recognized as one of the most influential business lawyers in the U.S., was directly involved in negotiating dozens of mergers and acquisitions with a combined value of nearly $250 billion. He did the legal work on nearly every deal that transformed Southwestern Bell, the smallest of the Baby Bells, into the world’s largest communications business. Watts notes he was raised in southwest Dallas.

“920 South Oak Cliff Boulevard,” Watts said this week in an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook. “If you look at that house, nobody would have predicted my career.”


UPDATE: Frank Branson, Gruber Hurst and Beckmen Law Score Record $71 Million Win in West Texas


hurst-bransonL By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 21) – Frank Branson and Michael K. Hurst sure deserve the weekend. Earlier this week, their law firms took home a Texas-sized win when a West Texas jury determined that a group of business partners conspired to cut their clients out of a lucrative mineral rights leasing deal – and their clients should get around $71 million in damages collectively because of it. The verdict is believed to be the largest ever in Fisher County as well across the three counties the 32nd Judicial District Court serves, which also includes Nolan and Mitchell counties.
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Bracewell Prevails in Fifth Circuit for Investment Bank

Bracewell Prevails in Fifth Circuit for Investment Bank

A federal appeals court recently affirmed the August 2014 dismissal of energy investment bank Mueller Chen & Co. from a $46.5 million lawsuit brought by International Energy Ventures…

Exclusive: SEC Selects Shamoil Shipchandler to Lead Regional Office

Exclusive: SEC Selects Shamoil Shipchandler to Lead Regional Office

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to announce this week that former East Texas federal prosecutor Shamoil Shipchandler is the agency’s next director of the Texas…

Two Texas Firms Advise in Local $1.1 Billion Bank Merger

Two Texas Firms Advise in Local $1.1 Billion Bank Merger

Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford and Bieging, Shapiro & Barber advised Pioneer Bank and First Community Bank in their agreement to join forces to form a combined community…

DMN: SEC Investigates McKinney-based Servergy in Ken Paxton Litigation

DMN: SEC Investigates McKinney-based Servergy in Ken Paxton Litigation

A small technology firm in McKinney with 22 employees, Servergy came into public view last week when a Collin County grand jury announced the indictment of Texas Attorney…

Kirkland, Baker Botts, V&E and Slew of Firms Involved in $19 billion Oncor Sale

Kirkland, Baker Botts, V&E and Slew of Firms Involved in $19 billion Oncor Sale

Energy Future Holdings GC Stacey Dore and Deputy GC Andy Wright worked with Kirkland partners Andrew Calder and Amber Meek to lead the largest and most complex M&A…

V&E and Latham Advise in $839 Million Nitrogen Fertilizer Deal

V&E and Latham Advise in $839 Million Nitrogen Fertilizer Deal

Sugar Land-based CVR Partners announced Monday that it will acquire all outstanding units of Los Angeles-based Rentech Nitrogen Partners for approximately $839 million. …

Legal Experts: Ken Paxton Case will go to Trial

Legal Experts: Ken Paxton Case will go to Trial

Criminal charges probably should never have been brought against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, but now that they have been, he could be at serious risk of going…

Locke Lord Advises NextEra in Purchase of NET Midstream

Locke Lord Advises NextEra in Purchase of NET Midstream

Florida-based NextEra Energy Partners made a huge splash in the Texas energy market Monday when it announced is acquiring seven natural gas pipelines owned by Houston-based NET Midstream…

Inside the Case Against Ken Paxton: The Lawyers

Inside the Case Against Ken Paxton: The Lawyers

The criminal securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is only getting started, but it already features some of the best lawyers in the state. At…

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EFH GC Stacey Doré: “The Smartest Person in the Room”


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By Mark Curriden – NEW YORK (Aug. 27) – At age 43, Energy Future Holdings GC Stacey Doré is one of the few women corporate general counsel at a Fortune 500 company and she is certainly one of the youngest. She finds herself leading one of the largest business bankruptcies in U.S. history, even though she had no prior bankruptcy law experience. No business lawyer in Texas is under more pressure or scrutiny these days than Doré.

But lawyers with intimate knowledge of the situation say that EFH’s executive leadership and board specifically chose Doré to be the general counsel in 2012 to lead the company through what it knew could be a long and contentious bankruptcy.


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10 Things: How to be a Successful In-House Counsel


smiller1L By Sterling Miller, former GC of Sabre & Travelocity – (Aug. 14) – Whether you are new to the in-house department or a long-term veteran, the general counsel or just a basic contract lawyer, there are a number of things that can help make you more successful in your career. Learn the business. Don't let the boss get surprised. And realize there's never going to be enough money, time or people. The GC Suite is a new column written by in-house lawyers and CLOs about their experiences, challenges and concerns.


Pit Bull Trial Lawyer Transforms into ‘TinMan’ on Appalachian Trek


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By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 13) – With the cornucopia of high-profile cases Mike Lynn has tried and won in his career, many know him as a pit bull trial lawyer who fights vigorously for his clients. But after spending three months hiking the Appalachian Trail, Lynn returned to the office this past week with a new identity: “TinMan.” Mr. TinMan recalls the life lessons he learned on his 700-mile trek, full of summit climbs, endless rainfall and good people – but no blisters, thank God.

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Lawyers & Firms

Morgan Lewis Lures Dallas Employment Litigator Ann Marie Arcadi

Arcadi is the eleventh Dallas lawyer to jump to Morgan Lewis from K&L Gates this…

Jones Day Strengthens Energy Transactions Practice with Addition of Houston Partner Stephen Olson

Jones Day Strengthens Energy Transactions Practice with Addition of Houston Partner Stephen Olson

Olson has worked on transactions totaling more than $9 billion in the last three years,…

Munck Wilson Adds Aaron Davidson

Davidson joins the Dallas-based boutique from Baker Botts.…

V&E Picks Up Energy M&A Pro Bryan Loocke

V&E Picks Up Energy M&A Pro Bryan Loocke

Loocke says V&E’s platform and the opportunity to work on deals for more private equity…

Baker & McKenzie Brings Back Labor and Employment Expert Celina Joachim

Baker & McKenzie Brings Back Labor and Employment Expert Celina Joachim

Joachim, who spent the first ten years of her legal career at Baker & McKenzie,…

Polsinelli Adds to Real Estate Finance and Health Care Litigation Practices in Dallas

Polsinelli Adds to Real Estate Finance and Health Care Litigation Practices in Dallas

The Kansas City-based firm added five new lawyers to the mix after moving into new…

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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 value and includes the announcement date, the names of the companies involved and the lawyers and their law firms. These charts were last updated on July 30th.

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Corporate Deal Tracker: Ranking Texas Law Firms and Lawyers on M&A and Securities Offerings in 2015


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By Natalie Posgate and Mark Curriden – (Aug. 5) – No corporate transactional lawyers have been busier in 2015 than Mollie Duckworth and John Goodgame.

No Texas law firm came close to advising in more deal making during the first seven months of 2015 than Vinson & Elkins, though Baker Botts, Andrews Kurth and Latham are battling for second place.

Seven months into 2015, The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker leaderboard shows which Texas lawyers are doing the most business mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and securities offerings. We have all the details.

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A Word with John Goodgame: The Top M&A Dealmaker in 1H 2015


jgoodgame2L By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 5) – John Goodgame is having a very good year. The corporate partner at Akin Gump has led more mergers and acquisitions (11) during the first seven months of 2015 than any other lawyer in Texas, according to The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker. Learn why he's doing so many energy transactions.

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Mollie Duckworth – The Queen of Securities Offerings


mduckworth2L By Mark Curriden & Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 5) – Mollie Duckworth has been a partner at Baker Botts for only 19 months, but has led seven separate securities offerings that raised $3.8 billion during the first seven months of 2015, which was nearly twice as many offerings as any other lawyer in Texas, according to The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker. Duckworth talks trends and what she sees for the rest of the year.

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