“Clientele base is phenomenal”
“Black box on compensation for associates”
“Uneven work distribution”
“The inconsistent hours”
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.
Haynes and Boone, LLP is one of the American Lawyer top 100 law firms, with more than 550 lawyers in 15 offices and 30 major legal practices. We are among the largest firms based in the United States. Our growth has been driven by our client service strengths, especially our problem-solving acumen and our ability to collaborate with clients.
It is our mission to be a preeminent law firm that serves clients globally on sophisticated legal matters while maintaining a special culture founded on teamwork, a healthy work environment, and a strong work ethic. While every law firm believes culture is an important component of success, our culture is truly unique. Our culture is defined by our collaborative work environment and by putting the interests of our clients first. It focuses on teamwork, an environment of mutual respect, and a long-term view that supports investing in the future and the success of Haynes and Boone as an outstanding professional service institution.
2323 Victory Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: (214) 651-5000
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner: Timothy E. Powers
Lateral Hiring Partner: Timothy E. Powers
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 566
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: pro-rated based on $190,000
30 out of 32 (2Ls) (2017)
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