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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…

Survey: Texas GCs See Contract and Environmental Litigation as Growing Business Threats

Survey: Texas GCs See Contract and Environmental Litigation as Growing Business Threats

Lawsuits over contract disputes and regulatory battles with the government are larger litigation threats to Texas-based businesses – especially oil and gas companies – than are class action litigation from…

Texas Rangers Corporate Counsel Kate Cassidy has a Room with a View

Texas Rangers Corporate Counsel Kate Cassidy has a Room with a View

Lawyers often 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. Baseball is…

Eight Oil & Gas General Counsel and Investment Bankers Talk M&A – Or the Sudden Lack Thereof

Eight Oil & Gas General Counsel and Investment Bankers Talk M&A – Or the Sudden Lack Thereof

Since 2009, Texas energy companies and private equity firms have been on the buying or selling side of more than 760 mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures that had a combined…

Updated – Exxon Mobil’s William Buck to Lead Houston Pro Bono Effort

Updated – Exxon Mobil’s William Buck to Lead Houston Pro Bono Effort

William Buck, the GC of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Upstream Companies, has a message for corporate legal departments: Do your fair share of pro bono. The new Houston Bar Foundation chair,…

Robert Hart has the Coolest Lawyer Job on Earth – Meet Mark Cuban’s General Counsel

Robert Hart has the Coolest Lawyer Job on Earth – Meet Mark Cuban’s General Counsel

For nearly three decades, Hart has been Cuban's friend and chief legal adviser. “Mark goes at a very fast pace,” he says. “He’s out there everywhere. My job is to…

Houston Lawyer Craig Glidden Named GM’s New GC – UPDATE

Houston Lawyer Craig Glidden Named GM’s New GC – UPDATE

General Motors announced Thursday that it has selected LyondellBasell Industries Chief Legal Officer Craig Glidden of Houston to be its new general counsel. LyondellBasell didn’t waste time replacing Glidden. The…

Tread Carefully When Writing a Social Media Policy

Tread Carefully When Writing a Social Media Policy

The NLRB has plenty to say about companies’ social media policies and it hasn’t been too complimentary. The agency believes a significant number of social media policy restrictions are unlawful.…