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What the team is known for

Wide-ranging litigation practice with a superbly talented appellate bench widely seen as among the most accomplished in Texas. Especially active in significant securities, energy, trade secrets and class action matters. Acts for a diverse client portfolio, which includes major financial services, transportation, telecommunications, energy and natural resources companies. Also offers strength in white-collar defense, with a particular emphasis on representing clients in the healthcare industry.


Clients say: "Haynes and Boone is in the perfect sweet spot, providing the very best work product and integrating with clients' needs."

One impressed source highlights: "Their attention to detail is truly remarkable and they are some of the best critical thinkers I have ever encountered in the appellate space."

Interviewees say: "They provide professional and clear communication on how to size options up and move cases ahead."

Notable practitioners

Anne Johnson is noted for her deft handling of complex appellate cases.
"She is truly impressive on her feet and her preparation is outstanding." "She is very talented."

Ben Mesches has cultivated a great appellate practice, which includes representing clients in the Texas Supreme Court and other state and federal courts of appeal, often on complex constitutional and commercial disputes.
"He's a tremendous brief writer and a terrific oral advocate. He has a first-rate intellect and is as nice as they come. He is amazingly talented."

Karen Precella counsels clients on a range of matters in state and federal appellate courts and frequently acts on matters involving the oil and gas industry.
"Her briefing is phenomenal. She's really sharp and has tactical ideas on how to argue a case." "She is a strong writer and a good legal analyst with a sense of how precedents interact."

Katherine Addleman is particularly well versed in SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings.
"She is rare in her securities specialty and one of the top enforcement lawyers in that area." "She is a powerhouse lawyer."

Kent Rutter represents clients before the Texas Supreme Court and other appellate courts.
"He has an easy to understand and digestible writing style, which benefits his clients." "He is a terrific lawyer who is quite accomplished and respected in the state of Texas. He is a lawyer's lawyer."

Lynne Liberato is frequently called upon to handle appeals in the Fifth Circuit and other federal courts.
"She's as sharp as you can get and sees the overall issues in a case." "She is well respected in the market."

Mark Trachtenberg has successfully represented clients before the Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court, as part of his wide-ranging appellate practice.
"He is a very exceptionally good lawyer." "He's extremely thorough and a real talent."

Mike Hatchell garners praise for his impressive track record representing clients in state and federal courts of appeal.
"The dean of the appellate practice in Texas and an extremely gifted mind who helps parties come up with the right arguments and consistently gets the right results." "He's a strong strategist with excellent advocacy impulses."

Nina Cortell is among the elite appellate lawyers in Texas, frequently handling high-profile constitutional and commercial disputes in the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit and other appellate courts.
"She is a superb appellate lawyer who is well respected by the Bar and the judiciary." "She has excellent judgment and is able to look at issues from multiple angles and evaluate how it will play out five or six moves down the line. She has an excellent ability to look around corners and identify issues that don't immediately come to mind when thinking about a legal strategy."

Ronald Breaux has a broad white-collar practice, which includes advising clients in connection with internal investigations and regulatory enforcement.
"He does a lot of work in different areas. He's smart and has good people skills."

Stacy Brainin is a go-to white-collar litigator, particularly for clients in the healthcare sector, and handles a range of cases including violations of the False Claims Act and anti-kickback laws.
"She has a very sophisticated practice and is well respected among the courts and the community." "Stacy is diligent, collegial and an inspiring counsel. She dedicates herself as strongly as any lawyer to obtaining favorable outcomes for her clients."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP


1221 McKinney Street

Suite 4000




TX 77010

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: Appellate

Anne Johnson
Band 3
Ben Mesches
Band 3
Karen S Precella
Band 3
Kent Rutter
Band 3
Lynne Liberato
Band 2
Mark Trachtenberg
Band 3

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