Education and Clerkships

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

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




Tom Harris helps lead the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP. He has more than 25 years' experience in acquisitions, divestitures, securities transactions and other corporate matters. 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.

Selected Speeches and Publications

  • "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," 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.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017

Selected Client Representations

  • Wingate Partners in multiple acquisition, divestiture and add-on transactions involving, among others, Strata Worldwide, MPI, Nekoosa Holdings, Dunn Paper, IGI Corp., Sunrise Oilfield Supply and National Print Group.
  • 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 as “AT&T Stadium” the Arlington, Texas, stadium that is the home stadium of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys football club.
  • 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.
  • Fossil Inc. in its acquisition of Skagen Designs, Ltd.
  • 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.
  • Affordable Residential Communities, Inc. in its acquisition of NLASCO, Inc. and the related financings.
  • 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.
  • Cardinal Investment Company, a private equity firm, in its leveraged acquisition of the assets of Furr's Cafeterias out of bankruptcy and its leveraged acquisition, and  subsequent sale, of the steel drum reconditioning business of IFCO Industrial Container Systems.
  • 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.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A (Texas) by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, 2015-2016
  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group, 2015
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Corporate Law, 2013-2017
  • Recognized as a Best Business Lawyer in Dallas for Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, 2009 and 2015-2016
  • 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™

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