Main Practice Contacts

George W. Bramblett Jr.
+1 214.651.5574

John M. Collins
+1 214.651.5564

Nicholas Even
+1 214.651.5045

Carrie L. Huff
+1 214.651.5509

Patrick D. Keating
+1 214.651.5369

J. Mitchell Miller
+1 214.651.5363

Recent Publications

Texas Lawyer Guest Article: Don't Let the Board Get Hammered: A Pair of Tools for Controlling Shareholder Takeovers

On March 14, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion, Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., that's a game-changer in breach of fiduciary duty litigation. >>

Delaware Supreme Court Adopts New Board-Friendly Standard for Certain Controlling-Shareholder Buyouts

In an opinion that could substantially affect future controlling-shareholder buyouts, the Delaware Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the Chancery Court’s decision that the business judgment standard of review, rather than entire fairness, should apply to controlling-party takeovers where it is established before trial that certain protections exist. >>

Fiduciary Disputes

Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Shareholder Oppression Litigation

Fiduciary relationships arise when one undertakes a duty to act primarily for another's benefit. Examples of fiduciaries include corporate officers and directors; general partners; trustees and executors of estates. Similarly, those in control of a corporation may have a duty not to treat the other owners of the business in an oppressive manner. Failure to fulfill that duty is referred to as shareholder oppression.

We Walk the Talk

Haynes and Boone trial attorneys have decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder oppression. These cases include disputes between co-owners of businesses; allegations that corporate officers, directors or partners violated their duties to the business they serve; and claims that trustees or estate executors breached fiduciary duties.

We Use Our Broad Experience to Achieve Clients’ Goals

Breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder oppression lawsuits typically involve complex facts and legal issues. In addition to their personal experience with these types of cases, Haynes and Boone’s trial lawyers provide extra value to our clients by also drawing upon the experience of attorneys in our firm who advise clients regarding partnership agreements, estate planning, probate and trust administration. This teamwork approach brings the full breadth of our experience to bear in achieving the best possible result for our clients who are confronted with litigation.

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