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Updated – DBA Names Alicia Hernandez New Executive Director

ahernandez By Natalie Posgate – (July 22) - Hernandez, who will assume her new role on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeds Cathy Maher, who has served as the DBA’e executive director for more than 20 years and been with the organization for almost four decades. Currently, Hernandez serves as the director of the DBA's Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

Is PTAB a Patent “Death Squad?”

bmunck1L By Jeff Bounds – (July 22) - Since its September 2012 launch, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has gained a reputation as a place that kills patents. Legal experts say the reality is more complex. “Recent studies show only a miniscule number of patents have been affected by the PTAB,” said IP law specialist William Munck. This article examines PTAB and its impact on patent litigation in-depth.

East Texas Patent Litigation Still Hot, but No Longer Boiling

By Jeff Bounds – (June 21) – New patent infringement lawsuits filed in East Texas declined by nearly half during the first six months of 2016 – a sign that multiple efforts to curb complaints by so-called patent trolls are finally having an impact. While patent litigation may have peaked in 2015, EDTX continues to be by far the most popular place in the U.S. to sue for intellectual property infringement. Patent lawsuits also plummeted in Northern and Western Districts of Texas.

Hunton & Williams Attorneys and Staff Work to Bring Community Gardens to East Dallas

promisepeace1L By Rocío Cristina García, associate at Hunton & Williams – (July 21) – There are times when pro bono legal work is not enough. This past weekend, a group of more than 15 attorneys, summer associates and staff members from the Dallas office of Hunton & Williams provided more than pro bono legal advice to Promise of Peace. They hauled soil and planted fruits and vegetables in three new community gardens. Rocío García, a member of the firm's Pro Bono Task Force and president of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, says the community service project was a prime example of what can happen when you connect lawyers to clients whose needs fit their talents and passion.

Why Marty Beirne Rejoined Big Law & Akerman Law Firm

mbeirne2L By Mark Curriden – (July 20) – For three decades, Martin Beirne ran a litigation firm with the premise that there was a better way to provide legal services. General Motors, Conoco-Phillips, Chevron-Phillips Chemical and Marathon Oil signed on as clients. Beirne Maynard & Parsons announced Tuesday that most of its lawyers are joining Florida-based Akerman, the law firm of former 11th Circuit Chief Judge Joseph Hatchett. In an exclusive interview, Beirne explains why.

Austin Managing Partners Have a Safe Space to Talk Shop

By Janet Elliott – (July 19) – Fifteen Austin law firm leaders met in a 21st floor conference room to to share frustrations and concerns about cybersecurity. It was the third meeting of the Austin Managing Partners Forum, an effort to provide a safe space for all-sized firms to talk shop. “There are a ton of issues that we share in common... law firm succession to mergers and law firm buyouts, IT issues, maintaining client confidences and protecting work product in an era of hacking and invasive Internet practices,” says Mike Slack.

Texas Congressman Lamar Smith Subpoenas State AGs over Climate Change Probe

By James Osborne of the Houston Chronicle – (July 13) – Congressional Republicans, led by Rep. Lamar Smith of San Antonio, issued subpoenas this week demanding the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts turn over documents related to their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil lied to the public and its shareholders about climate change. Smith wants communications showing the AGs are colluding with environmental groups. The state prosecutors, citing state’s rights, refuse and accuse Republicans of federal government overreach. The Chronicle has the full story.

Texas Supreme Court Adopts Judicial Error Rule in Legal Mal Cases

beckroberts1L By David Beck and Alex B. Roberts of Beck Redden – (July 13) – Last month, the Texas Supreme Court addressed the issue of judicial error in legal malpractice cases for the first time. The case is significant because it provides attorneys with certainty that they will not be held liable for injuries they did not cause.


Trade Secrets in Texas: Is Adoption of the “Inevitable Disclosure” Doctrine… Inevitable?

colemangrimmer1L By Jesse Coleman and Nick Grimmer of Seyfarth Shaw – (July 12) – Texas courts have never expressly adopted the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine, which allows a business to enjoin a competitor from hiring a former employee if the new position is so similar to the former position that the employee will “inevitably disclose” the business's trade secrets. But some very particular language in a recent Texas Supreme Court decision, In re M-I L.L.C., could be a sign that the doctrine's acceptance is indeed inevitable.

TV Station to Seek Legal Fees After Texas Supreme Court Win in Defamation Case

mmcabe1 By Janet Elliott – (July 12) – A Beaumont TV station is seeking attorney’s fees under the Texas Citizens Participation Act after winning dismissal of a libel lawsuit filed over a broadcast about a doctor’s disciplinary order. In its first decision involving a media defendant seeking dismissal of a defamation case under the act, a divided Texas Supreme Court last month reversed an appeals court and a trial court that had denied the station’s motion to dismiss.

Texas Lawyers Advise in $4B Pipeline System JV

pipes1t By Natalie Posgate – (July 11) – A team of Jones Day and Bracewell lawyers, predominately in Houston, said Monday that they led The Southern Company’s $4.15 billion buy-in of a natural gas pipeline venture with Kinder Morgan.

Business Bankruptcies in Texas Skyrocket


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After 50 Years, Mike Boone is still a Big Dealmaker

mbooneL1 By Mark Curriden – (June 14) – Michael Boone was 24 when his corporate securities professor at SMU asked him to stay after class. “I thought I was in trouble,” Boone says. Instead, Prof. Richard Haynes wanted Boone to join him in starting a law firm. Five decades later, Haynes and Boone now has 530 lawyers and $362 million in annual revenues. Boone has advised in some of North Texas's most important transactions.

“Mike is a lawyer-counselor in the true sense,” says AT&T General Counsel David McAtee.

The More Complex the Deal, the More Fun for Gil Friedlander

gfriedlander1L By Mark Curriden – (June 14) – When EDS split ways with GM in 1996, the CEOs took center stage to praise the deal. Just off camera was EDS General Counsel Gil Friedlander, who lawyers say was the true mastermind of the transaction. Friedlander navigated internal landmines between the IT firm and the Rustbelt manufacturer. EDS was a fully-owned subsidiary of GM, but it also had its own tracking stock and its own board of directors. He engineered an unprecedented "split-off" that was tax-free for GM, addressed the automakers huge unfunded employee pension liability and unlocked billions of dollars in value for EDS. And that may not have been Friedlander's most complicated transaction.

From Pregnant Sows to Corporate Giants, Harold Kleinman Put Clients First

hkleinman1L By Mark Curriden – (June 15) – Harold Kleinman pioneered the modern-day corporate law practice in Texas, representing Neiman Marcus, Centex, Lone Star Steel, Noble Energy and Lennox. He guided Thompson & Knight to become a powerhouse in the energy sector. And he was a founder of Texas Access to Justice. Now 85, Kleinman sees himself in a much simpler light.

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

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Lawyers & Firms

Brown Fox Boosts Litigation Practice with David Denton

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Standly Hamilton Adds Trial Lawyer Stephen Blackburn

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Kelly Hart Adds Litigation Pro Jim Scott

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Director of City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department Rejoins Locke Lord

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Neal Rackleff says he is excited to have "the opportunity to be a part of…

Alston & Bird Signs Veteran Health Care Litigator in Dallas

Alston & Bird Signs Veteran Health Care Litigator in Dallas

Frank Sheeder says the relationships between hospitals and physicians face continued pressure and scrutiny.…

Holland & Knight Adds Labor and Employment Partner in Houston

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Dallas Boutique Law Firms Merge

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Yetter Coleman Adds Energy Trial Lawyer Tim McConn

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Bracewell Fortifies Financial Institutions Practice, Adds Annette Tripp

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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 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 April 15, 2016.

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Low Oil Prices Sink 2015 Texas M&A Activity

By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 9) – M&A deals involving Texas-based companies declined 23 percent last year, according to Mergermarket. The downturn was significantly more pronounced in the energy sector, which saw a near 40 percent decline in deal-making in 2015 from the year before. As a result, 16 of the top 25 corporate law firms representing companies saw a decline in their Texas-based M&A work – some by as much as 45 percent.

There is good news, however, from The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker, which shows many of the law firms that lost deal work from Texas oil and gas companies generated a sizeable amount of work – as much as 53 percent – from clients outside of Texas.


V&E: Still the King of the Oil Patch

By Natalie Posgate – HOUSTON (Feb. 11) –The Houston-based law firm has dominated M&A league tables for law firms representing Texas-based businesses for as long as such accounting has taken place, thanks to its strength in advising clients in the energy sector. As a result, V&E reported record revenues and profits in 2014, as the lawyers in its Texas offices generated more than $1 million in revenues each. But many legal industry observers and competitors privately predicted V&E’s legacy of supremacy in Texas M&A would end in 2015. V&E certainly seemed vulnerable. But the firm still remained at the top.

Find out why in this article.


Chris LaFollette: The No. 1 Texas M&A Dealmaker in 2015

clafollette2 By Natalie Posgate – HOUSTON (Feb. 11) – The Houston Akin Gump partner led more M&A deals than any other lawyer in the Lone Star State this past year. The Texas Lawbook sat down with LaFollette and heard her insights on M&A activity in 2015 and what’s in store for 2016.


Chris May: The Biggest Moneymaker in 2015 M&A

cmay By Natalie Posgate – (Feb. 9) – The relatively new Texan and young partner at Simpson Thacher ranks No. 1 across the state in deal value by individual lawyer – and by a lot. New data from The Texas Lawbook's Corporate Deal Tracker reveals that May led $91.7 billion worth of deals in 2015.


Financial Advisers take Hit in Texas M&A in 2015

By Mark Curriden – (Feb. 8) – Investment banks focused on oil and gas in Texas saw their M&A deal count plummet in 2015. Mergermarket shows that some financial advisers – Tudor Pickering Holt, RBC Capital, JPMorgan, Citi and Barclays – were hit harder than others. A handful of investment banks – Lazard, Credit Suisse, Piper Jaffray, BMO Capital and Lincoln International – increased the number of Texas-based deals they handled. Deloitte restructuring expert William Snyder says a few financial advisory groups are well positioned for the wave headed our way.