William Thompson and R.E.L. Knight became partners in 1914 and created a corporate law firm that lasted 107 years. Its lawyers handled some of the biggest and most important M&A deals and litigation for some of America’s largest companies. Today is the last day of existence for Thompson & Knight, as it merges with Miami-based Holland & Knight. As The Texas Lawbook explains, the loss of TK is disheartening because the firm’s history mirrors the history of corporate law in Texas.
Leaders of the State Bar of Texas decided Monday that they will not appeal a recent federal appeals court decision that some of the organization’s lobbying efforts violate the First Amendment rights of its members whose mandatory dues go to fund some of those initiatives.
Phillip Philbin has been an eyewitness to the ever-changing and increasingly important world of intellectual property litigation over the past three decades. He said patents are becoming even more critical to business operations and international commercial competition.
White & Case septupled its M&A deal count in Texas so far this year. Skadden Arps, Alston & Bird and Shearman & Sterling at least tripled its Texas M&A activity during the first six months of 2021. But one law firm broke Mergermarket’s record for most transactions for H1 in Texas history. The Texas Lawbook has exclusive details.
Three intellectual property partners who joined Thompson & Knight 15 months ago from Haynes and Boone are on the move again – this time to practice at Winstead due to reported client conflicts with Holland & Knight, which is merging with TK in two weeks.
A Dallas federal judge ruled Tuesday that insurance companies do not have to cover claims of financial damage caused by Covid-19 brought under their “all risk” commercial property policies because the Covid-19 virus did not “cause direct physical damage or loss” to her dental office as required by the insurance policy. The Texas Lawbook has details.
Weil Gotshal announced Monday that one of its New York bankruptcy partners, Gabe Morgan, is moving to the firm’s Houston office. The New York-based Weil is the latest large national corporate law firm to relocate partners and associates from their other offices to Texas due to the tight legal market where the demand for legal services has far outpaced the supply of experienced legal talent.
The Fifth Circuit decision is a major defeat for progressives in the state bar, but legal experts say the opinion could have been much, much worse. The Texas Lawbook has the full story, including a statement from the state bar’s executive director.
At a time when large corporate law firms operating in Texas have been feasting on talent from litigation boutiques, Bissinger, Oshman & Williams has landed a reply punch. The six-lawyer Houston litigation firm announced Thursday that John B. Strasburger, a partner in the trial department at Winston & Strawn, has joined Bissinger Oshman.
The first six months of 2021 ended in a flurry of lateral moves, as nearly a dozen partners were on the move this week. Jackson Walker, Locke Lord and Kirkland beefed up their Austin offices. McGuireWoods added a partner in Houston. The Texas Lawbook has the details.