Main Practice Contacts

Ronald W. Breaux
+1 214.651.5688

David H. Harper
+1 214.651.5247

Anne M. Johnson
+1 214.651.5376

Odean L. Volker
+1 713.547.2036

In the News

In Trademark Battle Against Former U.S. Marketing Agent Haynes and Boone Prevails for Chinese IP Firm

In a dispute litigated from California to Oregon to the People’s Republic of China, Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers have successfully defended a Chinese IP Firm’s trademark against the claims of its former U.S. marketing partner.

The latest victory for firm client AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office (AFD China) came March 28 after a three-day trial in an Oregon federal district court when a jury decided the former marketing agent, AFD USA, had no right to claim ownership of the “AFD” mark because AFD China was the first to use it in U.S. commerce. >>

Nick Even in Corporate Counsel: Will 'Fraud on the Market' Survive Halliburton II?

In each term of the U.S. Supreme Court, there are a few cases that have the potential to bring sweeping change to the established legal landscape. One of the marquee cases of the current term—at least for those interested in securities litigation—is Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc., which has the potential to alter the lucrative world of securities fraud class actions in major ways. >>

Recent Publications

Law360 Guest Article: Injunctive Relief Over Trade Secrets Now Easier in Texas

An employee leaves his job to work for a competitor. The former employer has no evidence that the employee has misappropriated its trade secrets, but the former employee cannot likely perform his new job duties without using his former employer’s trade secrets. Does the former employer have any remedies? Can the former employer prevent the employee from working for a competitor, even if the employee never signed a noncompetition agreement?

Securities Litigation Year in Review 2013

The Haynes and Boone Securities Litigation Year in Review 2013 outlines recent (and upcoming) Supreme Court decisions as well as notable rulings from federal courts of appeal and district courts in the past year that affect private securities litigation, including the areas of class certification, loss causation, scienter, duty to disclose, pleading falsity, preemption, standing and statutes of limitations. The Review also discusses government enforcement cases and trends, and key state law rulings in shareholder derivative and fiduciary litigation. >>

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.