Michael Boone



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1967, Associate Editor, SMU Law Review, 1966-1967

B.B.A., Accounting, Southern Methodist University, 1963

Bar Admissions



Mike Boone is one of the co-founders of the firm. He has more than 40 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities transactions, and board of director representations. Mike has been selected as one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century and the “Go-To-Lawyer” in Texas in the field of corporate/business law by Texas Lawyer Magazine. He was also named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Compliance Lawyer of the Year, 2012 Dallas Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year, one of the top corporate finance/mergers and acquisitions lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, and one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazine

Selected Publications

  • The Ins and Outs in Drafting MAE/MAC Clauses, Termination Rights and Other Heavily Litigated Provisions in Acquisition Agreements 
  • Duty of Directors in Preventing Corporate Wrongdoing 
  • The Ins and Outs of Properly Organizing and Operating Special Independent Board Committees 
  • Making Board Minutes Count 
  • Advising the Independent Director in the Post-Enron Era 
  • Corporate Governance, Ethical Conduct and Public Disclosures in the Post-Enron Era 
  • The Ins and Outs of Audit Committees in the Post-Enron Era 
  • SEC Regulation Fair Disclosure (FD) - A Briefing for Corporate Directors 
  • The Ins and Outs in Handling Difficult Board Meetings - Practical Tips for Legal Advisors 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions - Dealing with Difficult Issues 
  • Techniques and Strategies in Protecting an Acquisition Transaction


Michael Boone

Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees Elects Mike Boone as Chair

Haynes and Boone, LLP co-founder and Partner Mike Boone has been selected chair of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Board of Trustees.

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented Perot family in Dell's acquisition of Perot Systems.
  • Represented ClubCorp in its acquisition by KSL Capital Partners.
  • Represented Affordable Residential Communities Inc. in its acquisition of NLASCO.
  • Represented Special Board Committee of NYSE company in an insider trading investigation.
  • Represented Texas Genco Holdings Special Board Committee in auction process resulting in its acquisition by a group of private funds.
  • Represented Special Board Committee of Centex Construction in connection with its spinoff from Centex Corp.
  • Represented Trinity Industries in its acquisition of Thrall Railcar Manufacturing.
  • Represented a public company in a proxy fight for board control.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member of Board of Trustees of SMU (Chair, 2014-Present) 
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the SMU Dedman School of Law 
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law (Securities Law) at SMU Dedman School of Law 
  • Former Chairman of Business Law Section (Texas State Bar) 
  • Former President of Highland Park School Board 
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees of Abilene Christian University 
  • Former Chairman of the Dallas Citizen Council
  • Business Law Section, State Bar of Texas 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Dallas Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Distinguished Alumnus of SMU Dedman School of Law (1990) 
  • Distinguished Alumnus of SMU (1996) 
  • Distinguished Alumnus of Highland Park High School (1998) 
  • Next Millennium Award from the Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge for involvement in education (1999) 
  • Justinian Award for Public Service (2004) 
  • Distinguished Alumnus of SMU Cox School of Business (2006) 
  • Friend of the Year Award from the Friends of Texas Public Schools (2006) 
  • Jack Lowe, Sr. Award for Community Leadership (2006) 
  • J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award (2008) 
  • Distinguished Alumnus of Phi Gamma Delta (2008) 
  • Recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading practitioners in Texas for Corporate/M&A (2008-2014) 
  • Recognized as a "2015 Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Governance by Best Lawyers (2015) 
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Dallas Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year; Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America for Corporate Governance and Compliance Law; Corporate Law (2009-2015), listed in Best Lawyers for more than 20 years 
  • Recognized as a Best Business Lawyer in Dallas for Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions by D Magazine (2009, 2011-2012, 2014) 
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal, The International Who's who of Business Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions (2013) 
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer - Mergers and Acquisitions (2008-2014) Corporate Governance & Compliance, Securities & Corporate Finance (2013-2014) 
  • Recognized as one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century by Texas Lawyer Magazine (2010) 
  • Selected as a Dallas Business Hall of Fame Laureate (2010) 
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Law Firm Leader Award from The American Lawyer (2011) 
  • Recipient of the Folsom Leadership Award for Civic Leadership (2012)

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured as “2015 Lawyers of the Year”

Best Lawyers® has recognized seven Texas-based Haynes and Boone, LLP attorneys as “2015 Lawyers of the Year.” Based on peer-review surveys, the legal guide designated a single lawyer per practice specialty in each geographic region.

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