Haynes and Boone Announces 2014 Class of Partners


Haynes and Boone, LLP has elevated 12 lawyers to partnership from the firm’s New York, Dallas, Houston and Richardson offices.

The new class is comprised of Aaron Beim, Jason Bloom, Ryan Cox, John Harper, Alan Herda, Brent Huddleston, Thomas Kelton, Liz Klingensmith, Sam Lichtman, Chris Rogers, Tony Soards and Jennifer Wisinski.

The sheer size of this group of new partners reflects the depth of legal talent within our firm,” said Terry Conner, managing partner. “Each of these partners is a distinguished lawyer who has earned the respect and trust of clients and fellow lawyers. We look forward to their continued growth as professionals and leaders in the firm.” 

Aaron Beim is a member of the firm’s Finance Practice Group in New York. His practice focuses on the representation of a variety of institutional real estate investors (as lenders and borrowers) in the origination, workout, restructuring, sale, and purchase of structured financings, including syndicated, securitized, and single lender mortgage and mezzanine loans (including construction, bridge and permanent loans); preferred equity investments; corporate, repurchase, subscription, and other credit facilities; and the negotiation and/or analysis of participation, intercreditor, and pooling and servicing agreements. He also represents investors in the negotiation of joint venture agreements. Beim received his bachelor’s from Amherst College and juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law. 

Jason Bloom is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Social Media practice groups in Dallas. He has successfully represented clients in various business and intellectual property disputes, including disputes involving media law and the First Amendment, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, Internet publications, domain name acquisition and ownership, software and source code, and enforcement of non-competition agreements. Bloom received his bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from Southern Methodist University. 

Ryan Cox is a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in Dallas, where he focuses primarily on general corporate and securities law matters and mergers and acquisitions. Cox specifically focuses his practice on the representation of publicly traded and privately held companies, public and private equity transactions, SEC reporting and compliance and corporate governance. He received his bachelor’s from Baylor University and juris doctorate from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

John Harper is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group in Houston. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents employers in a wide range of labor relations and employment law matters. Harper received his bachelor’s from Washington and Lee University and juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. 

Alan Herda is a member of the firm’s IP and Technology Transactions Practice Group in Dallas, where he focuses on intellectual property law, including patent and design law. His experience includes preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, and conducting patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, and infringement investigations, and preparing related opinion letters. Herda received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and juris doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

Brent Huddleston leads the firm’s Immigration practice in Dallas. He has extensive experience in employment based immigration law and regularly counsels clients in establishing company policies regarding hiring procedures, I-9 compliance, employment of foreign nationals, and national origin discrimination issues. Huddleston received his bachelor’s from Texas Tech University and juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Thomas Kelton is a member of the firm’s IP and Technology Transactions Practice Group in Richardson, Texas. Thomas focuses his practice on intellectual property matters, with special emphasis on Patent Office invalidation procedures, such as reexamination and Inter Partes Review. He also has extensive experience in managing large patent portfolios, procuring intellectual property rights, and licensing intellectual property in corporate matters. Thomas received his bachelor’s with honors from Texas A&M University and juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. 

Liz Klingensmith is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in Houston. She primarily focuses her litigation practice on disputes arising from oil and gas projects. As part of that practice, she frequently provides clients critical analysis of various oil and gas related transactions including joint operating agreements, master services agreements, procurement agreements, lease agreements, exploration and development agreements, joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements and various financing agreements. Klingensmith received her bachelor’s from Rice University and juris doctorate from the University of Houston School of Law. 

Sam Lichtman is a member of the Business Planning, International and Tax Practice Groups in the firm’s New York office. His practice is broad-based and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and joint ventures, with a particular emphasis on international transactions. Lichtman received his bachelor’s from Beth Medrash Govoha and juris doctorate from Columbia Law School. 

Chris Rogers is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in Dallas. His practice focuses on controversies involving actual or threatened government criminal enforcement and related civil litigation. He has represented corporations and individuals who were targets, subjects, or witnesses in criminal investigations by government agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and state attorneys general. He received his bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University and juris doctorate from Duke University School of Law. 

Tony Soards is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group in Dallas. Soards has represented clients for more than 20 years in real estate matters. His experience includes counseling both private and publicly held interests in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development and financing of both single-site and multiple asset portfolios. Soards received his bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame and juris doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 

Jennifer Wisinski is a member of the firm’s Capital Market/Securities Practice Group in Dallas. Her practice includes the representation of publicly held and private companies in a broad cross section of industries. Wisinski regularly counsels clients on issues relating to public and private equity and debt offerings, periodic SEC filings, high-yield debt and equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions involving both public and private companies, antitakeover matters, including poison pills and hostile takeovers, and filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. She received her bachelor’s and juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.


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