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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…

Dean Foods GC Marc Kesselman Jumps to Yum! Brands

Dean Foods GC Marc Kesselman Jumps to Yum! Brands

Kesselman takes over as the chief legal officer at Yum! on Feb. 1, where he will oversee a legal department of about 100 lawyers.…

Handguns in the Texas Workplace – A Shorty for the Employer

Handguns in the Texas Workplace – A Shorty for the Employer

The Texas Open Carry law went into effect Jan 1. The law allows a concealed handgun license holder to openly carry a holstered handgun in a shoulder or belt strap…

Texas Lawyers Storm the Corporate Boardroom

Texas Lawyers Storm the Corporate Boardroom

When global investment firm PIMCO named former American Airlines GC Gary Kennedy to its corporate board, it was joining a national trend of publicly-traded companies adding lawyers as directors. The…

Shimabuku to Run USPTO’s Dallas Office

Shimabuku to Run USPTO’s Dallas Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office named Xerox Business Services Corporate Counsel Hope Shimabuku to be the first regional director of the agency’s newly-created Dallas office. A former lawyer at…

Exclusive: GC Forum’s Magna Stella Awards Go to…

Exclusive: GC Forum’s Magna Stella Awards Go to…

Hewlett Packard, Tenet Healthcare, The Howard Hughes Corp. and Kinder Morgan were the corporate legal department winners at the General Counsel Forum annual meeting in San Antonio this week. The…

An Era Ends, Another Begins at AT&T’s Corporate Legal Dept.

An Era Ends, Another Begins at AT&T’s Corporate Legal Dept.

Wayne Watts retires this Wednesday as GC at AT&T. Watts revolutionized the position of corporate general counsel. He guided the phone company through dozens of mega-mergers with a combined value…

Ten Things: Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO

Ten Things: Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO

When facing a large lawsuit, corporate general counsel sometimes need to remember to the CEO and the board of directors informed about the litigation. Neither senior management nor the directors…

Faith & Perseverance Helped Sidley Partner Close His Biggest and Most Important International Deal

Faith & Perseverance Helped Sidley Partner Close His Biggest and Most Important International Deal

Cliff Vrielink has represented some of the world’s leading energy companies in highly complex international transactions valued in the billions of dollars. But for four years, Vrielink and his wife…

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

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

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…

AT&T GC Wayne Watts Retires

AT&T GC Wayne Watts Retires

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…

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

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

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…

JC Penney Slashes Corporate Legal Dept. Staff

JC Penney Slashes Corporate Legal Dept. Staff

The Plano-based retailer laid off about two-dozen lawyers and staff last week. The company had about 50 in-house lawyers just three years ago, but now has less than 25 after…

Texas Lawyers Differ on New US-Cuba Relations

Texas Lawyers Differ on New US-Cuba Relations

Fluor Corp. General Counsel Carlos Hernandez vividly remembers Christmas Eve 1958. He and his family were huddled in their house in Cuba as warplanes flew overhead. Weeks later, they fled…

Corporate Counsel Magazine: GC Compensation Inches Up

Corporate Counsel Magazine: GC Compensation Inches Up

The general counsel at 20 of the largest Texas businesses earned $1 million or more during 2014, according to a new study conducted by Corporate Counsel magazine. Texas-based companies employ…

Exclusive: EFH Bankruptcy Fees Top $230 million

Exclusive: EFH Bankruptcy Fees Top $230 million

Energy Future Holdings is spending more than $600,000 a day – including weekends and holidays – in legal and financial advisory fees and expenses as part of its restructuring efforts…

AlixPartners Selects Kathryn Koorenny as New GC & Managing Director

AlixPartners Selects Kathryn Koorenny as New GC & Managing Director

Kathryn Koorenny was a star in-house lawyer at American Airlines. She guided the Fort Worth airline through the potentially crippling 9/11 litigation and the massive bankruptcy reorganization. Now, she’s the…

Dena Stroh Settles in as NTTA GC

Dena Stroh Settles in as NTTA GC

Exactly three months ago, the North Texas Tollway Authority named Dena DeNooyer Stroh its new general counsel. Stroh, the former GC at Murchison Oil & Gas and a former partner…

DHLF Nets More than $106K at Annual Luncheon

DHLF Nets More than $106K at Annual Luncheon

More than 200 lawyers, judges, law school deans and law students were in attendance at the Belo Mansion Thursday to celebrate the future generation of Hispanic lawyers and veteran Hispanic…