Newfield Exploration Company has signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement with a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation to acquire approximately 42,000 net acres in the Anadarko Basin STACK play for $470 million. Akin Gump advised Newfield in the matter. (more…)

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Memorial Production Partners LP (“MEMP”) has entered into an agreement to acquire Memorial Production Partners GP LLC from Memorial Resource Development Corp. (MRD) for $0.75 million in cash. Memorial Production Partners GP LLC is the general partner of MEMP and holds the general partner interest and 50 percent of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) in MEMP. As part of the transaction, MEMP will also acquire the other 50 percent of the IDRs held by Natural Gas Partners. Akin Gump acted as legal advisor to MEMP. (more…)

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The lawyers from Taube Summers Harrison Taylor Meinzer Brown, LLP, a preeminent
bankruptcy and civil litigation boutique firm in Austin, Texas, have joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, a
leading provider of legal services to the healthcare, financial services, technology, retail and hospitality
industries. Thirteen trial attorneys with reputations for handling significant and complex litigation and
bankruptcy restructuring have joined Waller’s Austin office which the firm opened in 2012. Taube Summers is
recognized by Best Lawyers as a Tier One law firm in Texas with top‐tier rankings in Bankruptcy and Creditor
Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation ‐ Banking & Finance;
Litigation ‐ Bankruptcy; and Litigation ‐ Real Estate.
Handling large, complex litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration disputes for clients
ranging from start‐ups and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies,  the lawyers from Taube Summers
represent clients in banking, insurance, real estate, securities, technology, energy, manufacturing, construction,
professional services, entertainment and other industries. The Taube Summers lawyers have significant
experience in real estate entitlement litigation, workouts, bankruptcy reorganization and litigation, as well as
partnership, trust and fiduciary litigation and employment matters.
“Joining forces with Taube Summers presents a very real competitive advantage for our clients and our law
firm,” said Waller chairman Matt Burnstein. “These are battle‐tested trial attorneys who have earned
reputations for getting results in high‐stakes and high‐pressure litigation.”
“It is a tremendous opportunity for us to align with Waller. Waller’s transactional and regulatory practices will
be great assets for our clients, and Waller’s litigation and restructuring teams add valuable depth and
experience for the litigation and bankruptcy cases we handle,” said Eric Taube. “With Waller we found a like‐
minded firm that shares our personal approach and commitment to client service and to being both advocates
for and  trusted advisors to our clients.”
“This is an example of our continued focus on having the best talent at every position,” Burnstein said. “We
aggressively recruit highly skilled veteran attorneys with proven experience as well as promising young attorneys
who will begin their careers at Waller. Our goal is to expand and enhance our team throughout the country, and
the lawyers joining us from Taube Summers are perfect matches for that strategy.”
Waller now has more than 225 attorneys in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala. and Austin. The 13
attorneys who joined Waller are:
Eric J. Taube – focuses on complex commercial and business litigation; bankruptcy restructuring and litigation;
securities litigation; real estate litigation; employment law; and fiduciary litigation. Taube earned his J.D., cum
laude, in 1983 from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. in 1979 from Vanderbilt University.
Before forming Taube Summers, Taube was a partner at Liddell Sapp in Austin and Houston.
Rick Harrison – focuses on complex commercial litigation; estate and trust litigation; intellectual property
disputes, professional malpractice cases; employment law; and general civil litigation. Harrison earned his J.D. in
1968 from the University of Texas School of Law and his B.B.A. in 1966 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Before joining Taube Summers, Harrison was a partner at Fritz, Byrne, Head & Harrison, LLP in Austin and also
served as the head of the litigation section in the Austin office of Jones Day.
Mark C. Taylor – focuses on bankruptcy, restructuring, creditors’ rights and collections; complex commercial
litigation and business torts; appellate law and general civil litigation. Taylor earned his J.D. in 1987 from the
University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. in 1984 from Rice University. Before joining Taube Summers,
Taylor practiced at Liddell Sapp.
B. Neal Meinzer – focuses on construction litigation; creditors’ rights and collections; complex commercial
litigation and business torts; and general civil litigation. Meinzer earned his J.D. in 1996 from St. Mary’s School of
Law and his B.A. in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Brown – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; entertainment law and intellectual
property litigation; employment law; and general civil litigation; Brown earned his J.D. in 1998 from the
University of Texas School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, in 1995 from Northwestern University. Before joining
Taube Summers, Brown was an associate with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Pryor Cashman LLP and a
partner with Fritz, Byrne, Head & Harrison, LLP in Austin.
S. Alex King – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; employment law; and general civil
litigation. King earned her J.D. in 2004 from Harvard Law School and her B.B.A, magna cum laude, in 2001 from
the University of Texas at El Paso. Before joining Taube Summers, King was a partner at Fritz, Byrne, Head &
Harrison, LLP in Austin and an associate with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York.
Paul Matula – focuses on commercial landlord and tenant disputes; construction litigation; creditors’ rights and
collections; employment law and general civil litigation; Matula earned his J.D. in 1990 from the University of
Texas School of Law and his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin. Before
joining Taube Summers, Matula served for nine years as Assistant Attorney General in the Texas Attorney
General’s Office.
Jamie McGonigal – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; estate and trust litigation;
securities litigation; and general civil litigation. McGonigal earned her J.D., with honors, in 1998 from the
University of Texas School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1995 from Texas Tech University.
Morris D. Weiss – focuses on bankruptcy; restructuring, and creditors’ rights and collections; and complex
commercial litigation and business torts. Weiss earned his J.D. in 1985 from South Texas College of Law and his
B.S. in 1981 from Babson College. Before joining Taube Summers, Weiss was Managing Director of Tejas
Securities Group, Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel of National Bancshares Corporation of Texas,
and a partner with Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP.

Christopher G. Bradley – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; bankruptcy,
restructuring, creditors’ rights and collections; securities litigation; and appellate law. Bradley earned his J.D.,
magna cum laude, in 2007 and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies in 2008 from New York University School
of Law. He holds a Master’s degree (2003) and a Doctorate (2008) in English Literature from Oxford University.
Bradley earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in 2001 from Princeton University. Before joining Taube Summers,
Bradley was a Judicial Law Clerk in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Texas and an associate
with Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP.
Cleveland R. Burke – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; bankruptcy, restructuring,
creditors’ rights and collections; and appellate law. Burke earned his J.D., with high honors, in 2008 from the
University of Texas School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 2001 from Duke University. Before joining
Taube Summers, Burke was an associate with Thompson & Knight LLP.
Rola Daaboul – focuses on commercial landlord and tenant disputes; construction litigation; entertainment law;
intellectual property litigation; professional malpractice cases; and securities litigation. Daaboul earned her J.D.
in 2010 from South Texas College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining
Taube Summers, Daaboul practiced at Reed & Scardino LLP in Austin.
Andrew Preston Vickers – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; and general civil
litigation. He earned his J.D. in 2012 from the University of Texas School of Law and his  B.A. in 2008 from the
University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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Vinson & Elkins advised ArcBest Corporation in its acquisition of Bear Transportation Services, L.P., a private, non-asset truckload brokerage firm, for $26 million. (more…)

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U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater has entered a judgment of $9.6 million for medical products manufacturer ThermoTek Inc. after a jury found that a competitor fraudulently obtained the company’s business information for a series of physical therapy machines. (more…)

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents Seneca Resources Corporation, a wholly owned exploration and production subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG), which today announced that Seneca has entered into an asset-level joint development agreement with IOG CRV – Marcellus, LLC, an affiliate of IOG Capital, LP, and funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, LLC, to jointly develop Marcellus Shale natural gas assets in north-central Pennsylvania. (more…)

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised GEP Haynesville, LLC in its $850 million acquisition of Haynesville Shale assets from indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Canada-based Encana Corporation (TSX: ECA, NYSE: ECA). The properties, which are located primarily in DeSoto and Red River Parishes, Louisiana, contain approximately 112,000 net acres and 300 operated wells in the most prolific area of the Haynesville Shale. (more…)

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A multi-office team at international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP obtained a jury verdict of non-infringement in a patent trial on behalf of Rex Medical, LP and Argon Medical Inc. against a non-practicing entity called EVM Systems, a subsidiary of Acacia, the world’s largest patent holding company. The case was tried in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division before the Honorable Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III. After a five-day trial, the jury returned its non-infringement verdict in just under two hours on Friday, Aug. 21. (more…)

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Bracewell & Giuliani LLP successfully defended energy investment bank Mueller Chen & Co LLC (Mueller) in a $46.5 million fraud and breach of contract case in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which completely affirmed the August 2014 dismissal of all claims against Mueller. (more…)

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King & Spalding obtained a victory on behalf of former officers of ATP Oil & Gas Corp., persuading a federal court to dismiss claims brought by a putative class that had purchased $1.5 billion in notes from the company. In an Aug. 14 ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed with prejudice the claims brought under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933. (more…)

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Sidley advised Denham Capital Management LP in its acquisition of Platino Energy Corp., an Alberta-based exploration and production company with operations in Colombia, for CAD $17.3 million. Sidley assisted Denham in taking Platino Energy Corp. private by acquiring all publicly held shares that traded on the Toronto Venture Exchange. The deal team was led by partner Cliff Vrielink (Houston) along with associates Tommer Yoked (Houston) and Margaret Mudd (Houston),Tax partner Tim Devetski (Houston), and Employee Benefits partner Corey Perry (Chicago). Sidley also worked with Canadian and Colombian counsel to advise Denham on the transaction.

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Lone Star Funds of Dallas used three firms for its pending acquisition of Home Properties, a Rochester-based multifamily real estate investment trust, for $7.6 billion, including assumed debt.

Lone Star turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Hunton & Williams; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Lone Star’s financial adviser, Goldman, Sachs & Co., used Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Hogan Lovells advised Home Properties on the transaction. Sidley Austin advised BofA Merrill Lynch, which was financial adviser to Home Properties. (more…)

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