Kathy Beasley



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1989, Hatton W. Sumners Scholar; Order of the Coif; SMU Law Review; Barristers; and National Trial Competition Team

B.A., Louisiana State University, 1986, summa cum laude; Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa

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Recognized by clients and colleagues for clear thinking and good judgment in challenging situations, Kathleen Beasley has helped corporations navigate crisis scenarios arising from government investigations, criminal or fraud allegations, or major business disputes.  She has advised and reported directly to boards of directors and audit committees, as well as senior executives.

Kathy has extensive commercial litigation experience (including first chair) in federal and state court and arbitration, and also has a special focus on representing corporate and individual clients in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and other governmental authorities, and in defending the civil lawsuits that often result from these government investigations.  As a result of this experience in dispute resolution, clients benefit from Kathy’s counseling and advice on compliance with state and federal statutes including the antitrust statutes and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Kathy also advises on joint ventures and other competitor collaborations.

Kathy has been actively involved in ABA Section leadership, in firm management activities, and on the Board of Trustees of Dallas Christian School.


Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America 2015

Best Lawyers® in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding attorneys throughout the U.S, has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers. This year the firm increased its honored practices to 56.

Selected Client Representations

  • Defending executives in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division into the automobile parts industry.
  • Advising multi-national companies regarding FCPA compliance.
  • Defending an international freight forwarding company in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and in related civil class action litigation.
  • Defending a foreign national in connection with a criminal tax investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, which resulted in no charges being brought.
  • Conducting various internal investigations of corporate conduct for report to special committees of the Boards of Directors of public companies.
  • Achieved summary judgment dismissing a federal civil case that sought $30 million on business tort claims against the chief operating officer of major multinational financial conglomerate.
  • Represented a dental supply company in defending indirect purchaser claims in companion case to U.S. v. Dentsply Int'l.
  • Successfully resolving, with no enforcement action, a multi-year investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into accounting practices of an international telecommunications wholesaler and certain of its officers and directors.
  • Obtained mandamus relief to block competitor’s lawsuit against international mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter.
  • Securing a favorable verdict in a jury trial in Texas state court for a Fortune 100 telecommunications company in a breach of contract and fraud trial.
  • Defending a Fortune 100 food company in a multi-million dollar antitrust and business torts lawsuit in Texas state court.
  • Defending a telecommunications company in a breach of contract suit tried to an arbitrator.
  • Successfully resolving numerous investigations by the SEC of individuals, including accounting fraud and insider trading issues.
  • Successful settlement of a proposed class action antitrust lawsuit involving price-fixing allegations against offshore drilling companies.
  • Representing an oil and gas company in arbitration of disputes arising out of a purchase and sale agreement.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association (Litigation and Antitrust Sections) [ABA Antitrust Section - Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee (Chair, 2014-present) (Vice-Chair 2005-2007); Compliance and Ethics Committee (Co-Chair 2011-2014) (Vice Chair 2008-2011)] 
  • Dallas Bar Association (Business Litigation Section, Antitrust Section, and 1997 Chair of the Publications Committee) 
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court (Barrister, 1996-1999)
  • Dallas Christian School, Board of Trustees (Chair 2011-2013)


Super Lawyers

Repeat Recognition as 2014 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has once again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listing, with seven firm attorneys featured in the Tops of Texas honors.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Antitrust in Texas, 2011-2014
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation, Business Litigation, and Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2011-2014 
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Antitrust Law, Litigation - Antitrust, 2013-2015 
  • AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory
  • Named to GCR’s International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists, 2013


AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

  • Included in the Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™.

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