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 Law360: Exxon Says Free Speech Right Nixes Worker's Defamation Suit

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. on Wednesday asked a Texas appellate court to throw out a fired employee’s defamation suit under a state free speech law, arguing that an internal conversation between the man’s supervisors was protected speech. >>

Micah Skidmore in Texas Lawbook: TX Supreme Court Hears BP, Transocean $500 million Dispute

BP and Transocean take their bitter, protracted half-billion-dollar battle over who pays for pollution-related liabilities arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to the Texas Supreme Court this week. >>



Recent Publications

Law360 Guest Article: Takeaways For Texas Contractors Post-Barzoukas

The Texas Supreme Court denied a petition for review stemming from the Houston Court of Appeals’ Barzoukas v. Foundation Design Ltd. decision.[1] The case is significant because of its application of the economic loss rule (under Texas law) in the context of an owner-subcontractor dispute. >>

Texas Lawyer Guest Article: Differing Results in Recent Nuisance Cases Against Oil and Gas Operators

Over the past few months, a number of nuisance lawsuits against oil and gas companies have made the news. >>

Texas Supreme Court Denies Litigants’ Petition to Review the Contours of the Texas Economic Loss Rule

The Texas Supreme Court denied a petition for review stemming from the Houston Court of Appeals’ Barzoukas v. Found. Design, Ltd. decision. The case is significant because of its application of the economic loss rule (under Texas law) in the context of an owner-subcontractor dispute.  >>




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.