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Bizarre $12M Trade Secrets Case for Quantlab Finally Nears an End

Bizarre $12M Trade Secrets Case for Quantlab Finally Nears an End

A decade-long legal battle between a privately-held Houston financial research firm and Ukrainian mathematician and a Wisconsin securities lawyer nicknamed Emo over secret algorithms and mathematical formulas that aid high…

Russ Hubbard: Keeping American Airlines Data Safe & Secure

Russ Hubbard: Keeping American Airlines Data Safe & Secure

When American Airlines promoted Russ Hubbard to associate general counsel last week, the airline was demonstrating how important cybersecurity and data privacy are to the company. Hubbard is one of…

David Peavler Exits SEC for HD Vest Financial

David Peavler Exits SEC for HD Vest Financial

The SEC is expected to announce Friday that Associate Director David L. Peavler is leaving his position as head of the enforcement division in the agency’s Fort Worth Regional Office…

Willis & Sellers Keep ‘Legal Issues from Distracting’ the Business of Interstate Batteries

Willis & Sellers Keep ‘Legal Issues from Distracting’ the Business of Interstate Batteries

Dallas-based Interstate Batteries CLO Chris Willis and GC Kelvin Sellers have been busy during the past two years. They opened operations in China and acquired a 19 percent ownership in…

Texas GCs: The Billable Hour is Alive & Well

Texas GCs: The Billable Hour is Alive & Well

The death of the billable hour has been predicted for two decades. Skyrocketing rates often exceeding $1,200 an hour are causing corporate GCs to revisit alternative fee agreements again. But…

ACC-DFW & The Texas Lawbook Partner on Official Best Corporate Counsel Awards of 2017

ACC-DFW & The Texas Lawbook Partner on Official Best Corporate Counsel Awards of 2017

The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel announced Monday that it is officially partnering with The Texas Lawbook for the annual Best Corporate Counsel Awards of 2017.…

Patent Lit is AT&T Legal Team’s Specialty

Patent Lit is AT&T Legal Team’s Specialty

Facing a mountain of patent infringement lawsuits, AT&T GC David McAtee created a specialized five lawyer group within the corporate legal department focusing exclusively on patent infringement litigation. The mission…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Business Law Firms Announce Record Rate Hikes – GCs Respond

<em>Texas Lawbook</em> Exclusive: Business Law Firms Announce Record Rate Hikes – GCs Respond

Two-dozen corporate general counsel tell The Texas Lawbook that their outside law firms are raising rates to record high levels. Scores of Texas business lawyers now charge $1,000 or more…

Ten Things GCs Should Know about Trans-border Transactions

Ten Things GCs Should Know about Trans-border Transactions

One of the most exciting events for an in-house lawyer is when their company becomes involved in a merger/acquisition, joint venture, or other strategic transaction that is international in nature.…

Ten Things: In-House Counsel Working at Home

Ten Things: In-House Counsel Working at Home

Corporate in-house counsel working from home can allow lawyers to be more productive, generate improved morale and used as a retention tool and as a way of attracting new talent.…

Trump. Russians. Hacking.

Trump. Russians. Hacking.

Cybersecurity professionals usually welcome the exposure of major data privacy breaches in the news (think Target, Home Depot, Yahoo!). The result of the media attention drives cybersecurity awareness, leading to…

Tip of the Hat to Exxon Mobil’s Bill Buck

Tip of the Hat to Exxon Mobil’s Bill Buck

Exxon Mobil Upstream GC William Buck is retiring from the world’s largest oil and gas operation after 36 years. He is being replaced by Chip Casey, who is Exxon Mobil’s…

General Counsel Alana Newhook is a Star – Literally

General Counsel Alana Newhook is a Star – Literally

As a law student, Alana Newhook dreamed of working as a lawyer for a professional hockey team. Five years later, she is living that dream. “[Newhook] is already the envy…

Ten Things GCs Should Know When Preparing Outside Counsel Guidelines

Ten Things GCs Should Know When Preparing Outside Counsel Guidelines

Managing outside counsel relationships can be challenging for general counsel. With a new year on the horizon, now is the perfect time for corporate legal departments to create or update…

Mary Kay Names Julia A. Simon as Chief Legal Officer

Mary Kay Names Julia A. Simon as Chief Legal Officer

Eighteen year Mary Kay veteran Julia A. Simon has been promoted to be the cosmetic and personal care company’s top corporate lawyer. Addison-based Mary Kay announced Thursday that Simon, who…

Stacey Doré named GC at Hunt Utility Services & InfraREIT

Stacey Doré named GC at Hunt Utility Services & InfraREIT

Hunt Consolidated has named former Energy Future Holdings General Counsel Stacey H. Doré as its new senior vice president and chief legal officer for two of its affiliated companies, Hunt…

Ten Things: How to Plan a Legal Dept. Offsite

Ten Things: How to Plan a Legal Dept. Offsite

Corporate executives have used "offsite" meetings to develop strategy, set goals, energize the team, enhance teamwork and cooperation is the offsite. Legal departments seldom use this tool, but general counsel…

Exclusive – GC Forum Names Corporate In-House Lawyers of the Year

Exclusive – GC Forum Names Corporate In-House Lawyers of the Year

The GC Forum awarded its prestigious Magna Stella Awards to lawyers in corporate legal departments at American Air Liquide, Dell, Marathon Oil, Parkland Hospital, Total Petrochemicals, Waste Management and Vinmar…

Exclusive: We Have Not Heard the Last of Retiring ExxonMobil GC Jack Balagia

Exclusive: We Have Not Heard the Last of Retiring ExxonMobil GC Jack Balagia

Jack Balagia, who turned 65 on Wednesday, officially retires next week as ExxonMobil’s general counsel. In an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook, Balagia discusses his career, his biggest successes,…

American Midstream Names New GC: Regina Gregory

American Midstream Names New GC: Regina Gregory

Regina Gregory has been the top lawyer at Houston-based American Midstream Partners for only six weeks, but she has already overseen a $2 billion acquisition. A 1996 graduate of the…

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