Main Practice Contacts

Anne M. Johnson
+1 214.651.5376


Kit Addleman
+1 214.651.5783


Richard D. Anigian
+1 214.651.5633


Matthew Thomas Deffebach
+1 713.547.2064


In the News

Haynes and Boone in the Texas Lawyer: $21.4 Million Merger Completed After Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

After a federal judge denied a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have halted its merger, Hastings Entertainment of Amarillo completed a merger with Draw Another Circle in a deal valued at $21.4 million. >>

Nina Cortell in the Texas Lawbook: Dallas Judge Awards ETP $500 Million in Enterprise Partnership Dispute

In the largest civil judgment ever awarded by a Dallas state court judge, Enterprise Products has been ordered to pay half-a-billion dollars to Energy Transfer Partners in a dispute over an attempted partnership that went awry.

The case is considered a landmark because a jury in March found that two businesses can be involved in a legally binding partnership even when there is no official partnership agreement and when one of the parties claims it never intended for the joint venture to be official. >>



Recent Publications

Law360 Guest Article: A Victory For State Anti-SLAPP Laws

As more states adopt anti-SLAPP legislation (i.e. Oklahoma’s passage this spring and Nevada’s expansion of its anti-SLAPP statute last year), more federal courts must decide whether such laws create a substantive right that should be applied by the federal judiciary. >>

D.C. Circuit Holds Attorney-Client Privilege Protects Corporate Internal Investigations

The D.C. Circuit issued a decision on June 27 In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“KBR"), a closely-watched case about whether the attorney-client privilege applies to documents relating to an internal investigation undertaken pursuant to a company’s code of business conduct. In determining whether a corporate document is an unprivileged business or a privileged legal communication, most courts analyze whether a “primary purpose” of the document was for obtaining or providing legal advice. >>




Recognition for Our Litigation Practice

  • The BTI Consulting Group’s BTI Litigation Outlook 2013 recognized Haynes and Boone in three litigation areas: securities or finance related litigation, complex commercial litigation and IP litigation. The national survey of more than 350 senior in-house attorneys asked, “Which firm do you consider to be best suited to helping you” with various legal services.
  • According to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011, Haynes and Boone's business litigation practice ranks among the top law firms in Texas. One source cited by Chambers said, "Excellent litigators - it's a pleasure to see them at work."

Litigation/Trial Practice

Visit our Securities Litigation Year in Review 2013 update.

When You Engage Haynes and Boone, You Mean Business

Commercial litigation requires outside counsel who are deeply committed to understanding a company’s business strategy, its industry and its regulatory environment. Haynes and Boone attorneys value this knowledge and use it as the foundation of a tactical litigation plan. We pursue litigation with a zealous, principled and pragmatic approach, always striving to align litigation strategy with our client’s goals. If skilled representation in the courtroom is the best course, we provide it. If a different route to resolution is required, we provide that.

The ultimate goal is to not just serve as an emergency asset, but a trusted business partner to help clients make common-sense decisions about their businesses.

We Provide Legal Solutions Proportionate to Your Needs

Bet-the-company litigation looks different to every size of organization, which means that a one-size-fits-all approach to litigation does not exist. For a large global organization, billions of dollars may be at stake; for a small, entrepreneurial company, a swipe at last year’s revenues could close doors. We are sensitive to these nuances. As skilled, experienced and creative trial lawyers, we handle business litigation of all sizes while keeping an eye on the efficiencies that keep legal services cost-effective.

We Walk the Talk

Teamwork, responsiveness and flexibility are not hollow buzzwords to us; they have stood as the core of our business since we opened our doors more than 40 years ago. Our lawyers are not rewarded for hoarding work. Instead, we reward excellence and collaboration. That helps us stand out from the crowd but, more importantly, helps us serve our clients with the most effective and efficient legal services possible. In fact, we have received multiple honors for our approach to client service including recognition by Corporate Board Member Magazine and from the BTI Consulting Group’s survey of corporate general counsel.

We Know Our Neighbors

And our neighbors know us. Haynes and Boone lawyers are respected leaders and influencers, active and well-known in the legal community and in the cities in which they live and work. Approximately one-quarter of our litigators have held judicial clerkships and we are active in Inns of Court; we hold leadership positions in national and state Bar committees; and we are involved in rule making, including holding chair positions on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. As a firm, we strive to provide 11,000 pro bono hours a year. All this is to say, simply, that we are committed to our communities.