Haynes and Boone Names Ten Attorneys to Partnership

02/07/2008

DALLAS – Haynes and Boone, LLP has elevated ten attorneys from three of its offices to firm partners, effective in January 2008. 

From its Dallas office, Haynes and Boone named six new partners across four practice groups.

Rafael Anchía, a partner in the firm’s Financial Transactions Practice Group, represents financial institutions and public and private equity funds in a variety of transactions including senior and subordinated debt and equity, domestic and international syndications, and distressed debt acquisitions and sales.  In addition to his work at Haynes and Boone, Mr. Anchía has been twice elected  Texas State Representative for District 103, which includes parts of Dallas, Irving, Carrollton and Farmers Branch.  He is also actively involved in community affairs and public service with a strong focus on education.  He represented District 7 on the Dallas Independent School District  Board of Trustees from 2001-2004, and currently serves as National Chairman of the NALEO Education Fund Board, Board Secretary for Education is Freedom, and sits on the Advisory Board for the SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies.  Mr. Anchía also serves on the board of directors of the Hoblitzelle Foundation. 

Alberto de la Peña, a partner in Haynes and Boone’s International Practice Group, focuses his practice on corporate and securities matters including mergers and acquisitions, franchising and distribution, structured finance, and federal and international regulatory issues.  Bilingual and well-versed in Mexican law and regulations, Mr. de la Peña plays a critical role in Haynes and Boone’s Mexico Cross-Border Practice, splitting his time between Dallas and the firm’s Mexico City office, one of the largest U.S.-based law firm offices in Mexico.  He is admitted to practice in Texas, New York and Mexico where he is a member of the Mexican Bar Association.       

Russell Emerson was elected a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group.  Representing clients pursuing and defending patent litigation claims, his cases have involved a wide  range of technologies including telecommunication systems, consumer products and packaging, semiconductor fabrication, industrial systems and processes, and construction materials and processes.  In addition, Mr. Emerson also handles cases involving trademarks and trade dress, copyrights, cybersquatting, and complex commercial and technical matters.  Before attending law school, Mr. Emerson was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, where he served as a division officer on board a nuclear-powered, fast-track submarine. 

Anne Johnson is a partner in Haynes and Boone’s Appellate Practice Group.  Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law since 2002, Ms. Johnson has experience in all aspects of appellate practice  in trial and appellate courts including preparation of the jury charge, error preservation, judgment formation, post-trial motions, appellate briefs, and oral argument.  Ms. Johnson is a frequent CLE speaker and author on topics ranging from arbitration appeals to summary judgment practice.  She currently serves on the 12-member Appellate Council of the State Bar of Texas. 

Pete Marketos was named a partner in the Business Litigation Practice Group.  Mr. Marketos is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents clients in complex business disputes from trial through appeal.  On behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, Mr. Marketos has tried cases in federal and state courts involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, theft of trade secrets, copyright infringement, and Internet and technology related disputes.  Mr. Marketos has also developed significant expertise in the use of computer forensics and electronic discovery.  He currently teaches trial advocacy skills to law students at the University of Texas School of Law.

Bill Morrison, a partner in the White Collar Defense Practice Group, defends corporations and executives in federal criminal proceedings and complex business litigation with an emphasis on antitrust, health care and corporate compliance.  Specifically, Mr. Morrison concentrates his practice on the representation of health care providers in investigations and audits undertaken by federal and state agencies, and internal investigations relating to potential violations of civil and criminal fraud, false claims, anti-kickback, physician self-referral, and related state health care fraud and abuse laws.  As a result, he is often engaged to speak on these and other related topics.  In addition to his work with the Firm, Mr. Morrison was one of the first lawyers to be “loaned” to the Dallas County District Court Attorney’s Office in the Loan-A-Lawyer program, a partnership through which attorneys practicing in leading firms in Dallas County volunteer their time to handle legal matters for the clients of the Dallas County District Court Attorney’s Office.

From its Houston office, Haynes and Boone named three new partners in three practice groups. 

Matthew Deffebach, a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group, has defended clients in all stages of arbitrations and civil trials in matters involving wage and hour compliance, including Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions, ERISA litigation, non-compete and trade secret litigation, investigations of harassment and discrimination allegations, employee investigations and leave and accommodation issues.  In addition, Mr. Deffebach has extensive experience with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) related matters, and is an Authorized General Industry Trainer for Safety and Health Standards by the Department of Labor.  As such, he is often asked to appear at seminars and in-house trainings.  In recent years, he has presented on labor and employment and OSHA topics at more than 100 different engagements.  Mr. Deffebach is an active member the American Society of Safety Engineers. 

Amy Moss, a partner in the Corporate Securities Practice Group, focuses on corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and AIM offerings.  Representing public and privately-held companies, Ms. Moss advises clients on matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures,  private placements of stock and debt and venture capital transactions. Ms. Moss is Chair of the Board of Stages Repertory Theatre. 

Casey Wallace was named a partner in Haynes and Boone’s Business Litigation Practice Group.  With extensive experience in public law, Mr. Wallace has represented clients in various industries in matters ranging from government litigation, business torts, securities, breach of contract claims and corporate ownership and control issues to complex class actions, product liability and personal injury and FLSA claims.  Committed to leveraging his legal experience to also serve his community, Mr. Wallace is actively involved in a number of philanthropic organizations.  He has been General Counsel to the Harris County Children’s Assessment Center, and currently serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Harris County Housing Authority and represents the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation as its General Counsel.  

One partner was named in Haynes and Boone’s San Antonio office.

Trace Blair is a partner in the Business Litigation Practice Group.  His practice focuses on general commercial litigation and the defense of personal injury claims in the areas of strict products liability, negligence in various settings, subscriber liability for gross negligence involving employee facilities, non-subscriber liability for employee injuries and premises liability.  In addition, Mr. Blair is currently developing a practice in connection with the firm’s Environmental Practice Group that will focus on various issues concerning production agriculture, an area of personal interest to him.  Outside of the office, Mr. Blair continues to pursue his agricultural interests serving as an Arena Director for the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.  He is also a member of the Texas A&M University College of Agricultural Development Council and the Northeast Independent School District Agricultural Science Magnet Program Advisory Council. 

“The addition of these new partners adds additional depth and range to our capabilities as we continue to offer quality service,  industry knowledge, responsiveness and cost-effective strategy and counsel to our clients,” said Terry Conner, Haynes and Boone’s managing partner.  “Each shares in the firm’s vision of a law firm built on collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to unprecedented client service, and will bring value and energy to their practice groups and the firm as a whole.” 

Of the ten newly named partners, two are of ethnic minority decent and two are women.  These elections, constituting 40 percent of the 2008 class of partners, highlight Haynes and Boone’s ongoing commitment to diversity and further confirm its position as one of MultiCultural Law Magazine’s Top 100 Law Firms in 2008 for diversity and for women.   

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With almost 500 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal.  The firm has been recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2007), and as a Top 100 law firm for both diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2008) and women (Women 3.0, 2008).

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