Nick Even chairs Haynes and Boone’s Securities Class Action and Shareholder Litigation Practice. From the Time-Warner-Paramount merger contest litigation in the late 1980s, to the trial and appeal of the first case involving a triggered poison pill in 2009, Nick has more than 25 years of experience in cutting-edge securities litigation and complex business disputes.
Nick began his legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City where his practice became focused largely on securities and shareholder litigation. In New York and Delaware, he participated in the defense of numerous disclosure-fraud class action suits and several landmark hostile takeover battles. Since joining Haynes and Boone in 1999, Nick has secured victories for public companies, directors, officers, investment banks, underwriters, major/controlling shareholders, brokers and other defendants in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, and federal and state trial courts. He has achieved dismissals in numerous shareholder cases, successfully argued against class certification, and defeated injunction attempts in merger and acquisition suits.
In many instances, Nick represents parties confronted with parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. He has litigated in federal and state courts in Texas, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. Nick has applied the skills and strategies developed in shareholder litigation to the defense of other types of cases, including fiduciary litigation and non-securities class actions.
From 2013-2014, Nick served as the senior securities litigation member of the firm’s team representing the board of directors of AT&T, Inc. in shareholder derivative litigation, including the dismissal of a suit filed in Dallas County Court at Law. In the 5th Circuit, he argued and won an affirmance of the dismissal of minority shareholder oppression claims under Delaware law arising from alleged improper equity dilution by a board and alleged controlling shareholders. In two separate merger cases, Nick represented special litigation committees of public company boards and defeated attempts to enjoin their announced strategic transactions (Hastings Entertainment, Inc. and Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc.).
Nick is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory, and recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in Securities Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, 2013. In the community, he serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera, and as a Trustee of The Dallas Opera Foundation. He previously served six years as a Director and Officer of TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), and is a past President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors. In October 2014, Nick was awarded the Leadership and Service Award by his alma mater, Cornell College, in recognition of his legal achievements and his volunteerism in the arts.