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Kelly Cope Named Hover Energy GC

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 25) – Dallas-based renewable energy company Hover Energy has hired Reliance Holdings USA general counsel Kelly Cope to lead its corporate in-house legal department.

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Roundup: 80 Texas Lawyers Worked on $4.88B in M&A Deals & Security Offerings

By Claire Poole – (Sept. 25) – Eight M&A and private equity transactions with a total combined deal value of more than $4 billion. The three securities offerings – one IPO and two debt offerings – raised about $770 million. Last week showed that the energy sector remains a vibrant deal market.

Blockchain and Smart Contracts

By Mark W. Rasmussen, James A. Cox and Gwen R. Higley of Jones Day – (Sept. 25) – Businesses and entrepreneurs thrive on North Texas’ culture of innovation, and it’s important for businesses and their lawyers to understand the opportunities and risks that come with change. Blockchain and smart contracts are emerging technologies that have the potential to disrupt industries.

South TX Jury Awards $100M to Matrix Petroleum in Eagle Ford Dispute

By Natalie Posgate – (Sept. 25) – A jury in La Salle County has awarded $100 million to Houston-based Matrix Petroleum after finding that Repsol-owned Talisman Energy committed accounting fraud and breached an agreement the two companies had to drill wells in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Erin Nealy Cox Nominated to be NDTX U.S. Attorney

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 23) – The Trump Administration has nominated cybersecurity expert and former prosecutor Erin Nealy Cox to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

White-collar criminal law experts praised Nealy Cox’s nomination, saying she will bring leadership and management to an office that needs it and hopefully push prosecutors to be more aggressive in pursuing financial fraud cases.

SEC Suspends Public Trading of Addison Firm over Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 22) – The SEC has suspended the trading of securities of Addison-based Grupo Resilient International in an apparent concern over the accuracy of some of the company’s press releases. The federal agency states that it has “questions regarding the adequacy and accuracy of statements” Grupo officials made in a Sept. 7 press release regarding the company’s efforts to help disaster recovery efforts in South Texas related to Hurricane Harvey.

Kent Sullivan Named New TX Insurance Commissioner

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 22) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed former judge and Jackson Walker partner Kent Sullivan to be the state’s Insurance Commissioner. Sullivan served as a justice on the Texas Court of Appeals from 2008 to 2010 and was First Assistant Attorney General under then-Attorney General Abbott.

Taking the Fifth in Civil Trade Secret Litigation: Win the Battle but Lose the War?

By Craig Tyler and Wendy Wang of Vinson & Elkins – (Sept. 20) – Oliver North and Mark McGwire are notable examples of people who asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by refusing to answer questions. Now, trade secret litigation between Google’s self-driving car division and Uber has a new twist. Anthony Levandowski is asserting the Fifth to avoid producing 14,000 trade secret documents he allegedly stole from Waymo.

Is this a trend and is it strategically smart? Or will it backfire by providing plaintiffs with an evidentiary hammer when the case is decided by the judge or jury. History is not on Uber’s side.

SCOTX Considers Future of Lawsuit against Payday Lenders

By Janet Elliott – (Sept. 19) AUSTIN – When Cash Biz didn’t get paid on time, the payday lender sought help from the criminal justice system. Now faced with lawsuits for its overstep, the company is claiming a right to arbitration, but the Texas Supreme Court is going to have a say about that.

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Winston Scores Touchdown & Field Goal in Ezekiel Elliott & IP Cases in Same Courtroom – Updated

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Tom Melsheimer was in his second week of trial defending Tech Pharmacy in a $350 million patent dispute against Plano-based AlixaRx when he suddenly switched from defense to…

East Texas is Patent Capital No More

East Texas is Patent Capital No More

East Texas has lost its status as America’s top place to sue for patent infringement. Delaware is the new king of patent litigation. During the past four months,…

TX AG Sues Three Businesses for Price Gouging; Hundreds More Cases May Follow

TX AG Sues Three Businesses for Price Gouging; Hundreds More Cases May Follow

Three Texas businesses – two service stations and one motel owner – violated state consumer protection laws prohibiting price gouging during times of natural disaster, the state attorney…

M&A Round Up: AKK, V&E Find Plenty of Deal Work

M&A Round Up: AKK, V&E Find Plenty of Deal Work

The week after Labor Day signified the return to work for a lot of Texas deal lawyers, despite the residual damage in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. Herewith are…

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Oncor Deal with Sempra

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Oncor Deal with Sempra

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi has given his approval for Energy Future Holdings to sell its 80 percent ownership stake in Oncor to Sepra Energy for $9.45 billion…


Texas Lawbook Surpasses 9,000 Subscribers & 2,000 Corporate In-House Counsel

By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 22) – I am pleased to announced that The Texas Lawbook officially surpassed 9,000 paid subscribers in August – more than 2,000 of them are corporate in-house counsel and general counsel. The 25 largest law firms in Texas and more than 35 corporate in-house legal departments have subscriptions for all their lawyers. In addition, tens-of-thousands of more business leaders read Texas Lawbook articles that are republished in the Dallas Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. This article is an update on recent developments at The Texas Lawbook and plans for the months ahead.


GCs, Lawyers & Firms

Locke Lord Boosts Dallas Corporate Practice with New Partner Neil Rajan

Rajan was previously at Vinson & Elkins, where he was a senior associate.…

Polsinelli Strengthens Houston Health Care Practice, Adds Mark Armstrong

In addition to maintaining regulatory compliance, Armstrong says a key issue facing his clients is…

Bell Nunnally Brings on Two Senior Attorneys

Jacob Pollack joined the firm’s private clients and estate planning group as a partner, while…

Cantey Hanger Announces New Leadership for Business, Tax and Estate Practice Group

Doug Clayton and Julie Bergkamp have been tapped for chair and vice-chair, respectively.…

Weil Attorney Kevin Crews Selected to Leadership Arts Institute

Crews, a senior associate in Dallas, has been selected for the Business Council for the…

T&K Dallas Partner Timothy Hudson Joins IADC Membership

The International Association of Defense Counsel membership is by invitation-only and includes about 2,500 people…

Polsinelli Shareholder Henry Talavera Appointed to ABA Hispanic Commission

Talavera, a member of Polsinelli’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice, will help the ABA…

National Consumer Finance Law Firm Opens in Texas with Former GC of Cash America

Hudson Cook, a national consumer finance law firm, announced today it has selected three attorneys…

Oklahoma Law Firm Lures Two Gardere Partners to Open Dallas Office

This is the third office and first outside of Oklahoma for the 130-attorney law firm…

Texas Appellate Bar Leader Lands at Haynes and Boone

Mike Hatchell, a leader of the Texas appellate bar, has joined forces with longtime friends…

K&L Gates Adds Oil and Gas Litigation Duo in Fort Worth

Joseph Regan and Adam Plumbley both lateraled over from Winstead.…


Lawyers in the News

Paul Amiel
Hans Boas
Will Bos
Maria Wyckoff Boyce
Jeff Boyd
Brett Braden
Arthur Cohen
Jim Connor
Joshua Davidson
Mollie Duckworth
Daniel Dutko
Eric Gambrell
John Greer
Greg Heath
Brian Howard
Edward Hubbard
John McDowell, Jr.
Douglas McWilliams
Tom Melsheimer
Sarah Morgan
William Munck
David Oelman
Jason Pulliam
Monika Sanford
Steven Scheinthal
Jeff Schlegel
Mark Schroeder
Michael Smith
David Stringer
Bill Swanstrom
Rob Taylor
Steven Torello
Kristina Trauger
Craig Tyler
Andy Veit
George Vlahakos
Charles Walker
Wendy Wang
Julia Wright
Thomas Zentner

Firms in the News

Akin Gump
Baker Botts
Coats Rose
DLA Piper
Enable Midstream
Hanszen Laporte
Haynes and Boone
Hogan Lovells
Howard Midstream
Jones Day
Lex Machina
Locke Lord
Munck Wilson
Norton Rose Fulbright
Potter Minton
Siebman Burg
Ward Smith




The Corporate Deal Tracker is currently undergoing a redesign. While we work on the final touches, check out our recent reports below on Mergermarket’s Texas-specific data. Corporate Deal Tracker will return with up-to-date data in mid-September.


Mergermarket Expert: TX M&A Market in ‘Real Danger of Developing Congestion or Heartburn’

By Mark Curriden – (July 18) – The Texas market has seen 15 consecutive quarters with about 200 or more deals. “Before the third quarter of 2013, 200 deals was the high water mark. Since then, 200 deals has been the floor,” says Mergermarket M&A analyst Chad Watt. “We’ve had so many deals completed [during the past couple years] that the market may need a period to digest it all. “There’s a real danger of developing M&A congestion or heartburn.”

Mergermarket: Texas M&A Flat but Solid in H1 2017

By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – Merger and acquisition activity among Texas-based businesses remained healthy during the first half of 2017, but far from the exuberant pace of dealmaking in 2014. Deal count has been flat, but deal value is up significantly over 2016, fueled by steady oil and gas M&A and Whole Foods’ sale to Amazon. The Texas Lawbook has the exclusive data from Mergermarket, along with a list of the 30 biggest deals during the first six months of 2017.

Experts: Texas M&A Activity Unpredictable for H2 2017

By Claire Poole – HOUSTON (July 17) – How will M&A activity shape up in the second half of the year? The Texas Lawbook interviewed nearly a dozen of the leading corporate and private equity lawyers in the state to gauge their view on the M&A market for the first half of 2017 and what they forecast for the remainder of the year. This is their analysis.