Main Practice Contacts

Lynne Liberato
+1 713.547.2017

Nina Cortell
+1 214.651.5579

Karen S. Precella
+1 817.347.6620

In the News

Haynes and Boone in Law360: Texas Justices Blow Away $29M Wind Energy Credit Penalty

The Texas Supreme Court said Friday that an Energy Future Holdings Corp. unit’s contract for renewable energy imposed an unreasonable $29 million penalty against a predecessor of NextEra Energy Inc., rendering the damages provision unenforceable. >>

Mark Trachtenberg in the State Column: Texas School Districts Ask Judge to Overturn Funding System

Attorneys for more than 600 school districts urged a state judge Tuesday to once again overturn the way Texas schools are funded, arguing that the legislature has not fixed what remains an unconstitutionally inadequate and unfair system. >>

Mark Trachtenberg in the Wall Street Journal: Texas School-Funding Trial Begins

Opening statements began Tuesday in a trial over whether Texas is adequately funding public schools, one of several cases in the U.S. challenging state spending on education. >>

Recent Publications

Appellate Issues Guest Article: Presenting Your First Oral Argument

Congratulations! After several long years of toiling in the trenches, you have finally landed your first oral argument. This is the moment that you have been waiting for. It’s new. It’s exciting. It’s also a little terrifying. Now what? >>

The United States Supreme Court Further Cements the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

Recently, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, a third opinion in what is now a trilogy of cases upholding the validity of class action waiver clauses in contracts containing arbitration agreements. >>

Upcoming Events

Minorities in Appellate Law: A View from the Bench

Haynes and Boone, LLP is proud to sponsor the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section in its CLE presentation featuring a panel discussion by former and current court justices. >>

We Know How to Lead

  • Six lawyers who are Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law
    by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Ten former federal and state judicial clerks
  • Former chairs of the Appellate Sections of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, Houston Bar Association and Dallas Federal Bar (president) and Tarrant County Bar Business Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association Leadership: Council of Appellate Lawyers (chair); Appellate Practice Committee of the Section of Litigation (former co-chair); Appellate Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee of the Section of Business Law (current chair); Appellate Rules and Statutes Subcommittee of the Appellate Practice Committee (former chair)
  • Former President of the State Bar of Texas
  • Former President of the Houston Bar Association
  • Member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee
  • Authors of two articles named "Law Review Article of the Year" by the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Three of the Top 50 Women "Super Lawyers"
  • Seven Appellate "Super Lawyers," plus two of our lawyers rated in the top 100 of all Texas Super Lawyers regardless of specialty
  • Five Appellate "Texas Rising Stars"
  • Four members of the American Law Institute


Unlike many law firm appellate practices, which are made up of lawyers who only occasionally handle appeals, Haynes and Boone's appellate practice encompasses 15 full-time appellate practitioners. No firm in Texas has more full-time appellate lawyers than Haynes and Boone.

What that means for our clients is an enviable breadth of appellate experience. For example, one of our appellate lawyers concentrates on jury submissions in areas where no pattern jury charge exists. Another focuses on the enforcement of judgments pending appeal. A third is the foremost expert in Texas on summary judgments and summary judgment appeals. Another regularly partners with trial teams and then on appeal in technology and intellectual property cases. Because we are well-versed in every area of appellate practice, we provide more than general appellate proficiency - we provide specialized appellate knowledge that matches the needs of each case.

Part of the Trial Team

In the trial court, Haynes and Boone’s appellate lawyers partner with trial lawyers. They are known for supporting trial lawyers, not second-guessing them. Because we excel at our jobs, trial lawyers are free to focus on theirs - developing the evidence and persuading the jury.

As a result, we are often retained on the recommendation of lawyers at other firms who recognize our experience in the following procedural areas:

Evaluating the Potential Appeal

We understand that after judgment, a client must make critical decisions. To help our clients make the right choices, we use tools that no other firm can offer, including two empirical studies in which our appellate lawyers examined civil opinions from Texas courts of appeals to determine statistically how likely a court is to reverse an appeal and on what grounds. And, we use our collective judgment and years of experience when assessing a potential appeal. 

Proven Results in High-Stakes Appeals and Trials

We tackle cutting-edge legal issues in high-stakes cases. Our cases have set precedent in all areas of civil litigation - including commercial cases, business torts, technology and intellectual property, bankruptcy, energy, products liability, governmental immunity, financial services, Constitutional law, real estate, and family law.