J. Kent Friedman and Cheryl Rosenberg Bolster Haynes and Boone Public Law Practice



HOUSTON – In a move that substantially expands the capabilities of the Haynes and Boone, LLP Public Law Practice Group, J. Kent Friedman and Cheryl Rosenberg have been admitted as partners in the firm’s Houston office.

“These two fine attorneys will help us round out our financial services with a powerful municipal bond and public finance practice,” said Haynes and Boone Managing Partner Terry Conner. “Although Cheryl and Kenny reside in Houston, we believe they will be essential in generating bond work across Texas cities, including Dallas.”

Mr. Friedman joins the firm from Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, where he was partner in charge of the Houston office.  Ms. Rosenberg arrives from the Andrews & Kurth LLP Houston office.

Ms. Rosenberg serves as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for various issuers of tax-exempt debt such as Texas cities, counties and school districts. She also serves as disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel on tax-exempt debt issues and advises governments on general public law matters such as elections, open records and open meetings. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Tulane University. She is a member of the Texas and Houston bar associations and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Mr. Friedman is a veteran corporate/transactional lawyer, Houston civic leader and current chairman of the board of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, which built Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium and Toyota Center, and is currently overseeing the construction of the Dynamo soccer stadium. He has extensive experience with transactional work, public law matters and corporate governance controversies and disputes. 

In 1999, Mr. Friedman was the recipient of the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary’s Leon Jaworski Award given annually to a Houston Bar Association member who has made significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of Houston. His arrival at Haynes and Boone means that the Houston office will have two Jaworski winners in residence. Partner Lynne Liberato was honored as the 2010 recipient.


Among the honors Mr. Friedman has received is the American Jewish Committee’s Max Nathan Award, given to a member of the Jewish community who has built bridges to the larger Houston community, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Man of the Year.”


Mr. Friedman received his B.B.A. from Tulane University, his LL.B. from Tulane University Law School and an LL.M. from Boston University. He is a member of the American, Texas and Houston bar associations, and a Fellow of the Houston and Texas bar foundations.

Mr. Rosenberg  and Mr. Friedman join a public law practice that represents both governmental entities and private entities engaged in public infrastructure projects across Texas. The attorneys also represent public and private entities in commercial litigation, public sector disputes, and as general counsel.


Members of the Haynes and Boone Public Law Practice Group include former county and district attorneys as well as current and past appointees to the boards of numerous county, municipal and special purpose districts.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 550 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been named one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009) and recognized as a “Top 20 Law Firm” for culture and for diversity with respect to both women and minorities (Vault, 2011).


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