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.
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 500 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 26
countries, who speak 15 different languages from Russian to
While in its early years, Haynes and Boone
maintained a focus on corporate securities law, the firm has grown
to 30 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
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.
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.
Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers advised the
Celanese Corporation on its recently completed conversion of its
Narrows, Virginia, operation to natural gas-fired boilers, a $150
million investment that replaced coal-fired boilers with natural
gas to generate the steam needed to run the plant. The conversion
project provided more than 300 jobs in Giles County during the
duration of the project as well as the continued support of more
than 1,000 existing jobs.
Haynes and Boon achieved a highly-publicized
victory on behalf of the National Football League. The team, led by
Thad Behrens, secured what NBC Sports called, "a big win for the
league" in knocking down claims stemming from problems with
temporary Super Bowl XLV seats. The case attracted press from
publications ranging from the New York Times and ESPN to NBC Sports
and The Texas Lawbook. The jury verdict came less than two
months after Haynes and Boone emerged victorious in another matter
on the NFL's behalf, obtaining the dismissal of all claims brought
against the league in connection with a class action brought in New
Jersey arising from claims that the NFL's distribution of tickets
to Super Bowl XLVIII violated New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act.
A team of Haynes and Boone lawyers achieved a
rare victory against the Securities and Exchange Commission
Division of Enforcement in a venue in which the government has lost
only once over the last three years. The extraordinary victory came
in the firm's representation of Bill Yancey, the former CEO of
Penson Financial and an accomplished, highly regarded brokerage
executive with more than 30 years in the securities industry. Prior
to this win, the SEC had won 22 of the last 23 litigated hearings
before its administrative law judges, including every single case
brought in FY 2014.
In one of its best showings ever by
Chambers Global legal directory, seven practices and 12
lawyers from Haynes and Boone, LLP are recommended as leading
providers of legal services in the international marketplace.
Meanwhile, 50 Haynes and Boone lawyers are featured in the 2015
edition of Chambers USA.
Haynes and Boone announced the promotion to
partnership of 13 lawyers representing the firm's Austin, Dallas,
Houston, New York, Orange County, Richardson and Washington, DC.
offices. It is the largest class of new partners elevated in the
firm's 44-year history. The new class is comprised of LeAnn Chen,
Scott Cunning, Brent Folsom, Jeremy Herskowitz, Nicholas Hoffman,
Kendall Hollrah, Arman Kuyumjian, Christina Marshall, Joseph
Mencher, Russ Rabinovich, Tom Tippetts, Greg Webb and Kenya
Mexico's Haynes and Boone SC has helped
Mexican offshore oil field service provider Cotemar secure US$160
million to refinance a loan from Banamex and Citibank.
Haynes and Boone announced the opening of a
Denver office and the addition of two new partners, well-known
midstream and pipeline practitioner Anne Weber and Alan Talesnick
who focuses his practice on securities and corporate matters. They
are joined by two Houston-based Haynes and Boone lawyers with
significant Denver contacts-Partner Patrick L. Hughes and Counsel
Robert Thibault-with the ultimate goal of establishing a
substantial presence to serve the Denver business community.
"Haynes and Boone has a long history of working with clients and
contacts in the greater Denver area, so establishing a physical
presence in Denver is a natural way to build upon those
relationships and reach out to important constituents in the
region," said Managing Partner Tim Powers.