Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP on Monday added a tax partner from Locke Lord LLP to its Houston office, where he will focus on international and business tax, securities and finance for clients in oil field services, private equity and real estate, the firm announced.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright will step down after a decade to join Bracewell & Giuliani LLP's Austin office as a partner in the firm's appellate practice, he announced Wednesday.
Thompson & Knight LLP has added an intellectual property attorney with licensing and litigation experience in the energy, entertainment and biotechnology sectors to its Houston office, the firm said Wednesday.
Brown McCarroll LLP has added a former managing director at KPMG LLP and a past vice president of the California Hospital Association who specialize in health law issues, strengthening the firm's health care practice group in its Austin, Texas, office, the firm announced Tuesday.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has nabbed for its Dallas office a patent litigation partner from Vinson & Elkins LLP who will specialize in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the firm announced Wednesday.
Sedgwick LLP has added to its Austin, Texas, office three partners from a boutique firm with expertise in the Endangered Species Act, environmental and land use work, and health care and insurance regulatory litigation, Sedgwick announced Monday.
Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP has hired a former Spencer Crain Cubbage Healy & McNamara PLLC shareholder who specializes in bankruptcy and insolvency law to lead that practice group in Houston, the firm announced Monday.
A Texas state judge will join the Dallas County District Attorney's Office as the head of its civil litigation division, where she will counsel local agencies and elected officials, the office announced Tuesday.
Dykema Gossett PLLC has hired the Texas Lottery Commission's recently retired general counsel, who specializes in government regulated industries and is expected to strengthen the firm’s government policy practice group as it expands throughout the state, Dykema announced Wednesday.
Houston-based energy boutique Burleson LLP has snagged an international transactions and tax attorney as managing partner of its San Antonio office from litigation firm Cox Smith Matthews Inc., Burleson said Tuesday.
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has added a specialist in patent infringement litigation to its Dallas office from a boutique intellectual property firm, the firm announced Tuesday.
A former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder has joined Dykema Gossett PLLC as a member of its corporate finance group in its Dallas office, the firm announced Monday.
A Vinson & Elkins LLP attorney has joined Jackson Walker LLP's Houston office, where he will be a partner in the firm's energy and derivatives groups, Jackson Walker announced Thursday.
Godwin Ronquillo PC has bolstered its Houston-based commercial litigation practice group by adding a former Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller LLP partner, it said Wednesday.
Jones Day has brought in a globetrotting dealmaker from Thompson & Knight LLP to its Houston energy practice, the firm announced Monday, giving it multilingual firepower for nailing down oil and gas contracts around the world.
SNR Denton partner Vince Murchison has left the firm to open a boutique practice in Dallas focused on the energy pipeline industry, he announced Tuesday.
A former adviser for the U.S. Department of Energy on Monday joined Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP’s Austin, Texas, office, where she will advise clients on regulatory and policy issues related to energy markets in Central and Latin America, with a focus on renewables.
Littler Mendelson PC has added to its Dallas office the former managing counsel for Energy Future Holdings Corp. who specializes in labor and employment litigation, strengthening the firm’s practice group, the firm announced Tuesday.
Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has added a former securities fraud prosecutor from Curran Tomko Tarski LLP to its white collar defense and internal investigation and litigation practices in Dallas, the firm announced Thursday.
Cox Smith Matthews Inc. has added two former K&L Gates LLP partners to its corporate and litigation practices in its Dallas office, bolstering the firm's mergers and acquisitions and securities litigation services, Cox Smith announced Thursday.
Hydraulic fracturing is frequently criticized as being unregulated — this is a myth. Because the practice is contributing to an ongoing economic boom in oil and gas-rich states, the real question is which level of government is best suited to regulate the practice to allow economic development to continue without unacceptable environmental risks, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.
A proposal to amend the Dallas Building Code to include what appears to be a rather severe restriction on glass reflectivity could have serious unintended consequences on the city’s efforts to encourage green building techniques. Among other things, the restriction will likely make LEED certification harder and costlier to achieve, says Jonathan Vinson of Jackson Walker LLP.
The harm that the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Asadi v. GE Energy LLC does to whistleblowers is obvious since it limits the circumstances under which they are protected by the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. But by limiting the law’s protections in this way, the ruling will also weaken the internal compliance programs that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has mandated for publicly traded companies, say David Marshall and Alexis Ronickher of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Acceptance Loan Company Inc. v. S. White Transportation Inc. may portend adverse consequences for debtors in future cases where the secured creditor chooses to sit out a bankruptcy proceeding in favor of “lying in wait” strategy, says Steven Wilamowsky of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
In the wake of the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling in Neely v. Wilson, it will be much more difficult to obtain summary judgment on libel claims and also to obtain dismissal under the Texas anti-SLAPP statute, as well as to obtain appellate reversal of trial courts’ refusal to dismiss such claims, says Joseph Larsen of Sedgwick LLP.
The Texas Legislature has taken an important step to protect employers who are willing to give applicants with a criminal record a second chance. However, while the new Texas law will ease many employers’ concerns of potential liability for hiring such applicants, it will not completely insulate employers from all claims of negligent hiring or supervision, says Janet Hendrick of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently signed four bills, containing enhanced enforcement capabilities and new protections for health care providers, into law to combat Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse in the state. Most notably, the Legislature made changes to the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, bringing the statute more in line with the federal False Claims Act, say Bill Morrison and Nicole Somerville of Haynes and Boone LLP.
The Federal Circuit has made clear that patent property rights created by state marital property law may entitle an ex-spouse to frustrate a creating-spouse’s standing in infringement suits. Therefore, it is crucial for inventors, employers and investors to take steps to ensure that joint ownership created by operation of Texas community property law does not frustrate their intentions, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Over the last three legislative sessions, newsrooms have gained significantly greater protections under Texas law. Texas is now one of the best states in the nation to be a journalist or media organization, says Laura Lee Prather of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Based on how the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 has been interpreted by various federal courts during the year and a half since it was passed, the JVCA should result in more uniform decisions across jurisdictions regarding the time for removal, determining the amount in controversy and the burden of proof when removal is contested, say Gregory Harley of Burr & Forman LLP and Georgia-based attorney Katie Wolf.