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EFH & TCEH In-House Legal Departments Take Shape

EFH & TCEH In-House Legal Departments Take Shape

Energy Future Holdings General Counsel Stacey Doré is out. Stephanie Zapata Moore and Andy Wright are in. When EFH officials announced two weeks ago that TXU Energy and Luminant had…

Exclusive: Trinity Fights for Legal Principle, Dignity & Billions of Dollars

Exclusive: Trinity Fights for Legal Principle, Dignity & Billions of Dollars

Two years ago today, an East Texas jury ruled that the Dallas-based Trinity Industries violated the False Claims Act when it failed to inform federal officials that it modified its…

Ten Things GCs Need to Know When Searching for the Perfect Arbitration Clause

Ten Things GCs Need to Know When Searching for the Perfect Arbitration Clause

In this edition of “Ten Things,” I search for the perfect arbitration clause. Alas, much like Moby Dick, El Dorado, Sasquatch, and honesty in politicians, the search comes up dry.…

Exxon Mobil GC Jack Balagia Passes Baton to Randall Ebner

Exxon Mobil GC Jack Balagia Passes Baton to Randall Ebner

Exxon Mobil General Counsel Jack Balagia has announced he is officially retiring as the Irving-based oil and gas giant’s top lawyer in three weeks. Balagia, who has been with Exxon…

Ten Things GCs Need to Know: How to Create a Great Legal Dept. Website

Ten Things GCs Need to Know: How to Create a Great Legal Dept. Website

Corporate legal department can use internal websites to market their services to their business and provide useful information and materials to the workforce. It also allows company employees to find…

Exclusive: General Counsel Forum Honors Hunt GC David Hernandez for Ethics

Exclusive: General Counsel Forum Honors Hunt GC David Hernandez for Ethics

Dallas billionaire Ray L. Hunt told 300 business lawyers Tuesday night attending the General Counsel Forum’s annual Robert H. Dedman Award for Ethics and Law that he's not a lawyer…

Ten Things GCs Need to Know: How to Market the Legal Dept. to the Business

Ten Things GCs Need to Know: How to Market the Legal Dept. to the Business

It sucks being a cost center. General counsel can argue all day about the value the legal department is adding to the company, but it is still a cost center…

The Cowboys’ Legal Star: Meet Jason Cohen

The Cowboys’ Legal Star: Meet Jason Cohen

Dallas Cowboys General Counsel Jason Cohen helped negotiate eight-digit stadium naming rights with AT&T his first week on the job. The second week, he led legal talks for the Jones…

Ten Things General Counsel Need to Know: How to Delegate – The Essentials

Ten Things General Counsel Need to Know: How to Delegate – The Essentials

Most lawyers suck at delegating, primarily because no one ever taught us how to delegate. They just told us to delegate, which is about as helpful as telling us to…

Texas Bitcoin Distributor Hires Arnold Spencer as General Counsel

Texas Bitcoin Distributor Hires Arnold Spencer as General Counsel

Spencer, who is a private equity holder in the company, represented Coinsource last year as a partner at Akin Gump in Dallas.…

Ten Things You Need to Know as In-house Counsel: A Primer on Litigation Financing

Ten Things You Need to Know as In-house Counsel: A Primer on Litigation Financing

Corporate legal departments have a common refrain: how do we get enough money to do the things we need to do to protect the company? A growing solution for many…

Exclusive – EFH Bankruptcy Fees Approach One-Half Billion-Dollars

Exclusive – EFH Bankruptcy Fees Approach One-Half Billion-Dollars

Energy Future Holdings has paid its lawyers and financial advisers about $600,000 a day for each and every one of the 827 days – including weekends and holidays – since…

Former Bush Education Official: Improve Pipeline for Hispanics to be Lawyers

Former Bush Education Official: Improve Pipeline for Hispanics to be Lawyers

University of Texas Regent Sara Martinez Tucker said Wednesday that she is “stunned to find the legal profession among the least diverse” for people of color – notably Hispanics.…

SMU Assc. Law Dean is New GC Forum CEO

GC Forum leaders say they selected Lynn Bozalis because of her deep contacts in the legal profession and her extensive experience in programming and fund-raising.…

New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Will Impact More Workers in Texas Than Any Other State

New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Will Impact More Workers in Texas Than Any Other State

The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized its controversial changes to federal overtime pay exemption rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes are expected to affect approximately…

Enterprise Products Names Hap Weitzel as GC

Enterprise Products Names Hap Weitzel as GC

Houston-based Enterprise Products has named career commercial litigator Harry “Hap” Weitzel, a 1987 graduate of Texas Christian, as its general counsel, according to the company’s website. The oil and gas…

Kate Cassidy Takes You Out to The Ballgame

Kate Cassidy Takes You Out to The Ballgame

Lawyers boast about the view from their office windows, but none can match the scene from Kate Cassidy’s desk: home plate at Globe Life Park in Arlington. …

Congress, Not Courts, Should Decide Apple Case

Congress, Not Courts, Should Decide Apple Case

AT&T filed a “friend of the court” brief asking a California federal judge the court to vacate its order requiring Apple take extraordinary steps to assist the FBI in unlocking…

Two Texas Lawyers Named “HNBA Top Lawyer Under 40”

Rich Rosalez, senior director of litigation at Samsung Electronics America in Dallas, and Emma Mata, litigation partner at Sefarth Shaw in Houston, are among 20 winners selected by the Hispanic…

Personal Reflections on Pro Bono Service and the Importance of Access to Justice

Personal Reflections on Pro Bono Service and the Importance of Access to Justice

There are many things I recall about beginning my legal career in Dallas. But one thing I remember clearly, from the very first day on the job, was the pervasive…