Haynes and Boone, LLP

Litigation Department

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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.

Strengths"The litigation team has proven effective at accomplishing our goals," according to one client, who adds: "They work together well and coordinate their efforts to achieve outstanding results."

Clients also say: "It is a great team and from the associates to the senior partners, they have a good amount of people with the required expertise at all levels."

Another source says: "The attorneys are very collaborative, supportive, thoughtful and creative. They understand the law, the procedure and nuances and they are really superb."

Work highlights Defended an individual doctor, who was indicted along with other individuals affiliated with Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, and charged with various felony offenses, including conspiracy to pay and receive bribes and kickbacks.

Acted for Union Pacific Railroad arguing before the Texas Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court that claims arising out of a fatal collision between a freight train and a vehicle carrying wounded military veterans were preempted by federal law.

Notable practitioners

Anne Johnson wins praise for her "total grasp of the subject matter," and is also described as "a very smart and thorough worker." She is noted for her deft handling of complex appellate cases.

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. Clients comment: "He is very thorough and can get the microscopic view but also zoom out to the big picture."

Craig Stahl undertakes complex litigation on behalf of well-known energy companies. His experience includes disputes pertaining to oil and gas leases and royalties.

Daniel Gold is "very organized, logical and thinks through the many steps ahead," reports one client. He is adept at handling securities class actions and shareholder disputes, including cases involving misleading statements and breach of fiduciary duty.

Karen Precella counsels clients on a range of matters in state and federal appellate courts. She frequently represents clients in the oil and gas industry.

Katherine Addleman is "terrific and one of the top securities enforcement lawyers, especially in Dallas," according to interviewees. She is particularly well versed in SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings. A client reports: "Bringing her in gives us an edge on very complex regulatory issues and the practical business implications."

Kent Rutter is "widely respected by the Bar and considered an authority on appellate matters," according to interviewees.He represents clients before the Texas Supreme Court and other appellate courts. He is described as a "brilliant legal mind" and an "excellent, experienced lawyer."

Lynne Liberato is frequently called upon to handle appeals in the Fifth Circuit and other federal courts. Sources say: "She is unquestionably as good as they get. She has a fabulous legal mind."

Mark Trachtenberg has successfully represented clients before the Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court, as part of his wide-ranging appellate practice. His recent experience includes personal injury, securities and contractual disputes. "He is a smart, thoughtful and hard-working lawyer," according to one source, while another reports: "He has strong analytical skills and is responsive to clients’ needs."

Mike Hatchell continues to be regarded as "a terrific appellate lawyer, and one of the go-tos in Texas." He garners praise for his impressive track record representing clients in state and federal courts of appeal. A market source describes him as "one of the best at distilling difficult legal concepts."

The "phenomenal" 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. A client commends her "really great judgment and really good ability to tell a story and make it appealing to judges," adding that she "can really make a case come to life."

The "terrific" Ronald Breaux has a broad white-collar practice, which includes advising clients in connection with internal investigations and regulatory enforcement. He offers experience in fraud and antitrust-related cases.

Stacy Brainin is a go-to white-collar litigator, particularly for clients in the healthcare sector. She handles a range of cases including violations of the False Claims Act and antikickback laws. Sources say: "She is an excellent strategist and adept at putting white-collar matters into perspective and letting the facts guide the work."

Thad Behrens is "a great thinker and strategist," according to market sources. He has a established securities litigation practice, which sees him represent corporations and their officers and directors in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Clients appreciate that "he works very hard and is smart, easy to deal with and persuasive with judges and opposing counsel."