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Education and Clerkships

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1989, cum laude; Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review

B.B.A., Economics and Finance, Baylor University, 1986, cum laude

  • Judge Jerre S. Williams on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, from 1989 to 1990

Admissions

Texas

Profile

Tom Harris has been advising middle-market clients for more than 28 years, helping them successfully close hundreds of acquisitions, divestitures, and other corporate transactions. He has represented both buyers and sellers in public and private sale-of-business transactions. He also has represented independent committees of boards of directors. Tom has been recognized by clients, peers and organizations for his high level of service in corporate and M&A-related work, including: Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners (2015-2018), The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc, (2013-2019), Standout Lawyer, Acritas Stars (2018), and as a Best Business Lawyer in Dallas, D Magazine, D Magazine Partners (2009 and 2015-2019).

Tom leads the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, guiding associates and newer partners through their careers, making sure they are equipped with the knowledge and experience to ensure clients’ needs are met, and coordinating Firm subject-matter experts in their collaboration on M&A matters. In addition to his practice leadership, Tom is also the administrative partner of the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association

Chambers

Chambers USA

Haynes and Boone Shines in 2018 Chambers USA Rankings

More than 50 Haynes and Boone lawyers and 18 practice areas have been recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA legal directory published by Chambers & Partners.

Recognition

Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2019

Best Lawyers in America 2019 has featured 111 Haynes and Boone lawyers in its annual referral guide of outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S.


Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2018

Honors

DMag Best Lawyers 2015

Haynes and Boone Recognized in D Magazine’s 2018 Best Lawyers List

D Magazine named 42 Haynes and Boone lawyers across multiple practice areas to its Best Lawyers in Dallas list for 2018, the most selections for the firm over the past decade.


Published by D Magazine Partners, April 2018

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Corporate Law, 2013-2019, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2018-2019
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A (Texas) by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, 2015-2018
  • Recognized as a Standout Lawyer, Acritas Stars, 2018
  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group, 2015
  • Recognized as a Best Business Lawyer in Dallas for Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 2009 and 2015-2019
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, for Mergers and Acquisitions, 2009-2013
  • Martindale Hubbell Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented an industry-leading home health care and hospice service provider in connection with the sale of all of its stock.
  • Represented Four Corners Brewing Company LLC, a Dallas-based brewery producing premium beer, in its sale and merger into a subsidiary of Constellation Brands, Inc., a public company. This deal was recognized as the "Deal of the Year" for the $25 million to $149 million category at the D CEO and Association for Corporate Growth 2019 Mergers and Acquisitions Awards.
  • Represented a preeminent non-profit entity in a merger with a leading philanthropic organization.
  • Represented SunTx Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm, in the sale of Carolina Beverage Group to Cold Spring Brewing Company, a portfolio company of Brynwood Partners. This deal was recognized as the "Deal of the Year" for the $150 million to $999 million category at the D CEO and Association for Corporate Growth 2019 Mergers and Acquisitions Awards.
  • Wingate Partners in multiple acquisition, divestiture and add-on transactions involving, among others, MPI, Nekoosa Holdings, Dunn Paper, IGI Corp., Sunrise Oilfield Supply and National Print Group.
  • Represented Aggreko plc, a power generation and HVAC specialty rental company, in its acquisition of TuCo Industrial Products, Inc.
  • Represented Heritage Bag Company, a Texas-based manufacturer of plastic can liners and other packaging products, in the sale to Novolex Holdings, Inc.
  • Assisted Roofing & Insulation Supply, Inc. in the sale of stock to Beacon Sales Acquisition, Inc.
  • Chief Oil & Gas in its $500 million acquisition (together with Chief’s working interest partners, Enerplus Resources (USA) and Tug Hill Marcellus) of MKR Holdings LLC from a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
  • AT&T in the arrangement to name the Arlington, Texas, stadium that is the home stadium of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys football club as “AT&T Stadium.”
  • A corporate client in obtaining a reversal and rendition of take-nothing judgment on appeal of alleged shareholder oppression claim in which trial court had ordered that corporation be caused to issue an $85 million dividend.
  • Movie Tavern, Inc. in its merger with and into a subsidiary of VSS-Southern Theatres, LLC.
  • CROSSMARK Holdings, Inc. in transaction which facilitated a majority investment by an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, LLC.
  • Harland Clarke Corp in its acquisition of NCP Solutions LLC, the nation’s largest payment coupon-book provider to the financial services industry.
  • Harland Financial Solutions, Inc. in its acquisition of Parsam Technologies, LLC, a financial services application software company, and SRC Software Private Limited, and an application development services company.
  • The sellers in the sale of Curves International, Inc. and Curves for Women II, LLC.
  • SunTx Capital Partners in the sale of Huron Inc.
  • Port-A-Cool in the sale of all membership interests to Walter Meier Corp.
  • BNSF Logistics, LLC and BNSF Logistics International, Inc. in multiple acquisitions.
  • The Boards of Directors of Hassie Hunt Exploration Company and Hassie Hunt Production Company in connection with the sale of the companies, along with Hunt Petroleum Corporation, to XTO Energy.
  • The Special Transaction Committee of the Board of Directors of Texas Genco Holdings, Inc. in connection with the sale of publicly-held interests in Texas Genco to GC Power Acquisition LLC, an entity owned by investment funds affiliated with The Blackstone Group, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. and Texas Pacific Group.
  • United Rentals, Inc., in more than 70 acquisitions.
  • Hitachi Consulting Corporation in its acquisition of PRIZIM, Inc., Iteration2, Navigator Systems, Inc., Tactica Holdings, Inc., WaveBend Solutions, L.L.C. 
  • RadioShack Corporation in its entry into a joint venture with Microsoft Corporation.
  • The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, Inc., now known as the AT&T Performing Arts Center, in its public/private venture to design, finance and construct the Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theatre, a parking garage and other improvements on City-owned property in the downtown Dallas Arts District.
  • The owners of the Dallas Stars hockey franchise in their creation of a venture involving the City of Dallas for the financing, construction and operation of American Airlines Center, the downtown Dallas hockey and basketball arena.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "M&A Transactions: Assessing D&O Fiduciary Duties," panelist, CLE Webinar, March 7, 2012. 
  • "Significant Shareholders in Public and Private Companies: Problems, Perils and Pitfalls," speaker, University of Texas School of Law 33rd Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law, Dallas, Texas, February 11, 2011.
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions Law 2011: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year," co-author, Aspatore Thought Leadership, February 1, 2011.
  • “Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute,” planning committee member, The University of Texas School of Law CLE, Houston, Texas, September 30, 2010.

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