Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has added to its partnership ranks a former Vinson & Elkins LLP corporate attorney who specializes in energy industry transactions, adding depth to the firm’s Houston office, the firm said Tuesday.
Winston & Strawn LLP has expanded its global energy practice with the addition of a pair of oil and gas transactional partners to its Houston office who hail from Baker Botts LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright, the firm said Thursday.
Perkins Coie LLP scooped a partner specializing in restaurant franchising and other food and retail business from Haynes & Boone LLP, its ninth lateral hire for its Dallas office since March, the firm announced Wednesday.
With a former judge taking the reins as managing partner on Sunday, Dallas-based Godwin Lewis PC plans to expand its alternative dispute resolution, probate and family law practices while continuing a traditional business approach that emphasizes client relationships.
McGuireWoods LLP on Wednesday announced the hiring of a former Big Four attorney with a background in taxation of energy and mergers and acquisitions, among others, to join its tax practice in Houston as a partner.
Winstead PC has strengthened its real estate development and investments practice group in its Dallas office with the addition of a Condon Thornton Sladek Harrell PLLC attorney, the firm announced Friday.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Dallas office on Monday rehired a partner specializing in complex financing transactions for private equity firms and other investors after a nearly seven-year stint at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.
K&L Gates LLP has bolstered its commercial disputes practice by adding a Watt Beckworth Thompson Henneman & Sullivan LLP litigator with experience in product and professional liability, environmental and energy matters, unfair competition, and intellectual property to its Houston office, it said Monday.
Cantey Hanger LLP on Friday announced the addition of a former Shackelford Melton & McKinley LLP tax attorney and active member of the state bar associations to bolster the firm’s business transactions and tax planning practice areas.
Reed Smith LLP has bolstered its U.S. corporate and securities group in its Houston office with the addition of two former Thompson & Knight LLP partners with experience in energy, health care, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity, the firm announced Thursday.
National labor and employment firm Ford & Harrison LLP has strengthened its Dallas office with the addition of a former Winstead PC shareholder, the firm announced Wednesday.
Business law firm Winstead PC has added a Naman Howell Smith & Lee partner to bolster its taxation, employee benefits and private business practice group as a shareholder in its Austin, Texas, office.
DLA Piper has snagged an environmental, energy and white collar partner from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP who previously was the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s former general counsel, to join its litigation practice group in Houston and Tampa, it was announced Wednesday.
Littler Mendelson PC on Monday picked up a hospitality employment specialist for its Dallas office from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, adding to its labor and employment practice.
A civil litigation expert with more than four decades of experience in energy, product liability and real estate has rejoined Hicks Thomas LLP to boost its Dallas office, the firm announced.
Patton Boggs LLP announced Thursday that a pair of corporate finance attorneys from Munck Wilson Mandala LLP and Locke Lord LLP have joined the firm's Dallas office, adding depth to Patton Boggs' transactional bench.
Porter Hedges LLP has added a former Adams & Reese LLP partner who brings more than two decades of experience handling corporate transactions, strengthening the firm’s practice group in Houston, it said Tuesday.
Labor and employment firm Ford Harrison LLP has snagged a former Crain Cubbage Healy Hedgpeth Johnson & Wilson pllc shareholder to join its Dallas office as a partner specializing in litigation and employment disputes, the firm said last week.
Greenberg Traurig LLP has picked up an environmental and energy law pro from Sidley Austin LLP with a strong background in toxic tort litigation to join its Houston office, the firm said Thursday.
Bracewell & Guiliani LLP will add four attorneys from Norton Rose Fulbright, Tuggey Fernandez LLP and the San Antonio city attorney's office as partners to strengthen its public finance and public law practices and expand in the South Texas region, it announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion favoring enforcement of contractual forum selection clauses in Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas shows that plaintiffs will not be rewarded for filing suit in contravention of their contracts, says Christopher Boeck of Locke Lord LLP.
The Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms — that employers of H-2 workers must reimburse most travel, recruitment and immigration-related expenses — deepens a circuit split on the issue. But the fact that Rivera was authored by strongly conservative Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain suggests that an opposite conclusion could simply be headed for obsolescence, says Melinda Pilling of Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP.
Under the new Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, there is no reason to expect any less protection for technical and economic information useful in oil and gas exploration and production. A comparison of the factors Texas courts have been using to determine if a trade secret exists and the new statutory definition reveals substantial overlap, say Steve Borgman and David Tobin of Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Every appellate court to consider the issue has now rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s anti-arbitration position in D.R. Horton as out of step with the Federal Arbitration Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision interpreting the statute in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion. And that growing consensus is a positive development for employers and employees alike, say Archis Parasharami and Scott Noveck of Mayer Brown LLP.
Texas, Nevada and other low- and no-tax states are trying to woo California’s high-earners and business owners, for whom Proposition 30’s passage in November 2012 was a “cross the Rubicon” moment. But moving one’s tax residence from California is not a simple matter of finding a crash pad in Vegas and sending a goodbye note to Sacramento, says Douglas Schwartz of Nossaman LLP.
In re Flugence in the Fifth Circuit is important because of its implications for other instances in which litigation is commenced for the purpose of making creditors whole, but which may nonetheless produce recoveries in excess of the amount necessary to do so. Courts outside the Fifth Circuit are not in clear agreement, says Steven Wilamowsky of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Two recent decisions in the Fifth Circuit and the Federal Circuit involving Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. dealt with vicarious liability under the Anti-Kickback Act for subcontractor kickbacks accepted by KBR’s employees. Both decisions are flawed, but they should alert contractors to a serious need to revisit ethics and compliance programs to address kickback situations, says John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.
Proposition 6 and its related enabling legislation provide a unique opportunity for Texas to begin addressing its significant water infrastructure needs. But, as with any ambitious plan, the program faces a variety of challenges, including achieving a proper (and politically acceptable) balance between urban and rural needs and navigating through ongoing water rights disputes, say C. Brian Cassidy and Brian O’Reilly of Locke Lord LLP.
Five years ago, the Federal Trade Commission waded into the debate regarding the competition issues posed by “follow-on biologics.” Some three years after Congress provided a pathway for approval of such products, no follow-on biologic has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now the FTC is revisiting the issue — particularly state restrictions, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.