Haynes and Boone, LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Partner-associate relations”
  • “Compensation”
  • “Work material”

Downers

  • “Urgent assignments are common”
  • “Bonus is unclear”
  • “Work is not allocated evenly”

About Haynes and Boone, LLP

From its roots in Dallas-area corporate securities law, Haynes and Boone has expanded to a dozen offices across the U.S. and abroad. Although much of its bread and butter remains with the Texas corporate scene, Haynes and Boone has used its presence in Shanghai and Mexico City to profit from Latin American and Chinese energy deals and international trade.

Like Teacher, Like Student

With $1,600 and a handful of small clients, Richard Haynes opened a solo law office in Dallas in 1964 while moonlighting as a securities law seminar teacher at Southern Methodist University School of Law. After impressing Haynes as a student in his classroom, Michael Boone joined Haynes' office when he graduated in 1967; the firm became Haynes and Boone three years later. Over the next few decades, the firm rode the wave of Dallas' building boom, merging with other firms and opening additional offices throughout Texas.

Since then, Haynes and Boone has become one of the largest law firms in the U.S., with more than 575 attorneys and has ranked as one of the highest-grossing practices in the U.S. The firm has also grown abroad and is home to attorneys from 45 states and 26 countries, who speak 26 different languages from Russian to Vietnamese.

While in its early years, Haynes and Boone maintained a focus on corporate securities law, the firm has grown to 40 practice areas, including bankruptcy and business restructuring law as well as M&A. The firm touts an office culture bound by a "no jerks policy" and an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration.

Both Sides of the Border

In addition to its strong presence in Texas, Haynes and Boone has trickled south of the border, building a Latin American presence based out of its Mexico City office. With an extensive Latin America practice, Haynes and Boone has worked on multinational deals involving energy and natural resources, transnational M&A and international arbitration. Among its notable work is the firm's representation of Royal Dutch Shell in its sale of portions of its business to buyers in half a dozen Central American countries.

Electrifying the Courtroom

Haynes and Boone has also earned accolades for its use of technology to bolster attorney-client communication, including developing its own software which allows clients to digitally access information on documents, status and cost of their cases. The firm supports the incorporation of technology into law practice, both in the office and the courtroom. In fact, Haynes and Boone attorneys have served as consultants for local courthouses looking for digital enhancement, advised companies struggling to update Luddite codes of conduct to cover employees' social media use and represented technology start-ups as part of the firm's venture capital practice.

IN THE NEWS

April 2017
Trans Transacation

Hayne & Boone represented Trans Energy, Inc. on a transaction that, in 2017, was awarded the 2016 "Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor. As part of the transaction, Trans Energy was able to close a sale in 2016 for $3.58 a share, netting in excess of $200 million.

March 2017
Drill, Baby, Drill

Haynes and Boone represented Chevron Corporation in its winning bid to explore a deep water block in the Gulf of Mexico in association with a consortium consisting of Mexico's state oil company, Pemex, and Japan's Inpex Corporation. This marked the first time that Pemex participated in a bidding process with private international oil companies for a block in Mexico.

Sex Slave Show Settlement

Haynes and Boones won dismissal of a suit that stemmed from a television series titled 8 Minutes, which was filmed primarily in Houston and followed a pastor and a support team as they attempted to help victims of human trafficking find a way out of the sex trade.  Representing the creators of the television show, Haynes and Boone persuaded a federal judge to dismiss all of the claims brought by three women who voluntarily participated in the production of the show and signed releases of claims.

February 2017
First Fracking Fight

In a case closely followed by the oil and gas community, a Texas appellate court reversed a $2.9 million judgment against Haynes and Boone client Aruba Petroleum Inc. and held that the plaintiffs failed to establish that the company's natural gas operations constituted an intentional nuisance. The suit stemmed from drilling and production activity in the Barnett Shale in Texas. The plaintiffs' lawyers claimed the suit was the first fracking trial in the nation-even though most of the evidence presented at trial did not concern hydraulic fracturing.

Reality of VR

A Dallas federal jury returned a large verdict for Haynes and Boone clients ZeniMax Media Inc. and idSoftware in a high-profile trial followed closely by the technology industry. ZeniMax sued Oculus VR Inc. in 2014, claiming the defendant unlawfully infringed its copyrights and trademarks and violated a non-disclosure agreement pursuant to which ZeniMax shared breakthrough virtual reality technology with Oculus. The jury deliberated for two and a half days before finding Oculus liable for copyright and trademark infringement and for breach of the non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax.

October 2016
Super Win

Haynes and Boone won dismissal of all claims filed against the National Football League in a high-profile class action involving claims related to the NFL's distribution of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

2323 Victory Avenue
Suite 700
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: (214) 651-5000

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Timothy E. Powers
  • Lateral Hiring Partner: Timothy E. Powers
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 578

  • Base Salary
    All Offices 
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: pro-rated based on $180,000

  • Summer Associate Offers

    33 out of 37 (2Ls) (2016)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition • Appellate • Aviation • Bankruptcy & Business Restructuring • Chemical • Corporate • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Energy, Power & Natural Resources • Environmental • Finance • Franchise and Distribution • Government & Public Policy • Healthcare & Life Sciences • Hospitality • Insurance Recovery • Intellectual Property • International • Investment Management • Labor & Employment • Litigation • Media, Entertainment & Sports • Private Clients & Estate Planning • Private Equity • Project Finance & Development • Real Estate • Tax • Technology

Major Office Locations

  • Dallas, TX (HQ) • Austin, TX • Chicago, IL • Denver, CO • Fort Worth, TX • Houston, TX • New York, NY • Orange County, CA • Palo Alto, CA • Richardson, TX • San Antonio, TX • Washington, DC • London • Mexico City • Shanghai