In-House Texas

Tracy Preston, general counsel for the Neiman Marcus Group.

Neiman Marcus GC Helps Bring 'The Christmas Book' to Life

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Tracy Preston is one of very few people who knows what Neiman Marcus will offer as "fantasy gifts" in The Christmas Book long before the catalogue comes out.

Mike Maslanka

The Goal for 2017? Practice the 'Big G'


Want to feel grateful at work? It is the place where we spend the most time other than being with loved ones. Ask not whether you are "happy" with your job but rather, as did the ancient Greeks, ask whether you are fulfilled in it.

Tracy Preston, general counsel for the Neiman Marcus Group.

Q&A With Neiman Marcus GC Tracy Preston

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Q&A with Tracy Preston, general counsel of Neiman Marcus.

To Self-Report or Not to Self-Report?

By Jason Varnado and David Woodcock |

This article examines key pros and cons to self-reporting potentially unlawful behavior to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

Self-Reporting of FCPA Violations on the Rise

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The DOJ's new one-year pilot enforcement program, announced in April, encourages companies to self-report illegal payments under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Fate of Obama's Clean Power Plan Pits Climate Goals Against Administrative Law

By Michael Nasi |

On Aug. 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, an EPA regulation imposing carbon dioxide limits on existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. It is likely the most impactful and most contentious rule ever issued by the EPA.

Texas ADR Trailblazers

By Miriam Rozen |

Two established veteran arbitrators discuss fixing the industry gender gap.

Marguerite Woung-Chapman, senior VP and GC for EP Energy Corp..Sept 27, 2016

Lawyer Takes on Many Roles as GC of Energy Company

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Marguerite Woung-Chapman helped effectuate private equity firms' acquisition of oil and gas exploration and production assets of one corporation and the use of those assets to create a new stand-alone entity that became her current employer.

The Continuing Struggle Over Mandatory Vaccination of Health Care Workers

By Charles S. Johnson III |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has long recommended that all health care workers receive an annual influenza vaccination. Throughout the United States, employers in the health care industry have experimented with strategies to encourage voluntary influenza vaccinations of health care workers. However, voluntary immunization policies have not had a significant impact on the overall coverage rate. During the 2010-2011 flu season, for example, the CDC found that 95 percent of health care workers received the flu shot when their employer required it but, when vaccinations were made voluntary, the rate of immunization fell to less than 64 percent.

Marguerite Woung-Chapman, senior VP and GC for EP Energy Corp..Sept 27, 2016

Q&A With the GC of EP Energy Corp

Texas Lawyer spoke with Marguerite Woung-Chapman senior vice president of land administration and computer assisted drawing services, general counsel and corporate secretary of EP Energy Corp.

Tips for Effective Management of Insurance Industry Arbitrations

By Mark Whittington |

There's been an uptick in insurance industry arbitrations in recent years. These proceedings involving corporate insureds can raise complex and time-consuming issues. But early and focused efforts by the insurer and the insured can help provide for a fair and efficient process.

Michael P. Maslanka, Assistant Professor of Law, UNT Dallas College of Law.

Deceit: Damaging, Dangerous and Dumb

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Thinking about putting a private investigator on opposing counsel? Think again.

Navigating the First Deepwater Joint Venture with Pemex in Mexico

By Glenn Pinkerton and Eduardo Marquez Certucha |

While the story is not yet fully written on Mexico's energy reform, a key new chapter is about to begin with its auction process.

Challenges of Preserving Cross-Border Attorney-Client Privilege

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Texas Lawyer spoke to Cowman and other practitioners about in-house privilege and cross-border issues and what corporate legal departments can do to help preserve it in a multinational legal landscape.

Elaine Flud Rodriguez.

Q&A With the GC of One of the Country's Busiest Airports

By Mary Alice Robbins |

A Q&A with Elaine Flud Rodriguez, general counsel for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Elaine Flud Rodriguez.

GC of DFW International Airport Handled Initial Turbulence With Ease

By Mary Alice Robbins |

As general counsel for Dallas/
Fort Worth International Airport, Elaine Flud Rodriguez often gets asked unusual questions, like whether employees in the airport's Wildlife Management Department need hunting licenses. "You get those kinds of questions you would never get in other environments," said Rodriguez, who is responsible for managing and directing all legal functions at the airport.

Mexican Energy Reform, Three Years Later

By Gabriel Salinas and Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor |

Almost three years after passing the reform, Mexico has successfully developed a new energy regulatory framework, which has created a brand-new energy play in the North American region.

Michael P. Maslanka.

6 Advice Clichés to Avoid Like the Plague

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Bad advice floats. Why? Because it is repeated so often, and stated with such conviction, that we think "Surely, this advice is righteous and good and wise." Think again. My goal: Sight it, sink it.

Eastern District Texas Case Ending in $22M Verdict Against Apple Was in Many Parts a Private Affair

By Miriam Rozen |

Even in-house counsel for plaintiff had to leave the courtroom at times.


Rangers Expand Management Team by Signing GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Katherine "Katie" Pothier is stepping up to the plate today as executive vice president and general counsel of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers.

Who Are the Top-Paid GCs in Texas?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Big-company general counsel in Texas pulled in less total compensation on average in 2015 than in 2014.

Kin Gill, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Bazaarvoice.

Q&A With Bazaarvoice GC Kin Gill

By Mary Alice Robbins |
Kin Gill, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Bazaarvoice.

Bazaarvoice GC Gets Top Review

By Mary Alice Robbins |

When Kin Gill joined Austin-based Bazaarvoice in January 2013, he faced a baptism of fire during his early days with the company.

Michael P. Maslanka.

Five Lessons to Survive in the Practice of Law


While I hope to instill a love for practicing law, I strive to caution about its dangers, seductions, and pitfalls. Want to clue into them?

Since Middle School, BMC Software GC Pat Tagtow Knew His Destiny

By Mary Alice Robbins |

When Pat Tagtow heard the general counsel for a major corporation speak at a Chicago middle school's "Career Day" about his international law career and the traveling he did on the job, Tagtow made the decision to become a lawyer.

02/26/16- Michael P. Maslanka, Assistant Professor of Law, UNT Dallas College of Law.

Hillary vs. The Donald—
What Can We Learn From It?


Five Lessons for Lawyers by Observing Political Pundits

3 Things GCs Should Know About Data Privacy Class Actions

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Texas Lawyer spoke to practitioners about what corporate legal departments can do to favorably resolve data breach class actions. Here are three things they say general counsel need to know.

Q&A With GC of BMC Software Inc.

By Mary Alice Robbins |

What are some best practices from Patrick Tagtow, the GC of BMC Software?

Attorney Immunity Can Protect Lawyers in Divorce Cases From Lawsuits by the Other Side

By Randy Johnston |

Divorce leaves both sides looking for someone to blame, someone to sue, for all the pain they felt through the divorce process and the dissatisfaction they still feel over the result.

How GCs Can Help Mitigate Fraud and Corruption

By Kristen Rasmussen |

In 2014, Joel Squadrito's company incurred $3 million in losses from economic crime. By 2015, Squadrito and his security team at Steel Dynamics Inc. had reduced that figure to less than $50,000.

David DeVeau is VP and GC, for Kinder Morgan in Houston, Tx.

Q&A with David DeVeau, VP and GC, for Kinder Morgan

What criteria do you consider most important when selecting outside counsel? Subject matter expertise, familiarity with the particular jurisdiction (especially in litigation matters), performance in past KM engagements...

David DeVeau is VP and GC, for Kinder Morgan in Houston, Tx.

David DeVeau Had to Dabble in Family Law for a $3 Billion Deal

By Mary Alice Robbins |

When Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. was trying to acquire Hiland Partners in 2015, David R. DeVeau, the company's vice president and general counsel, had to bone up on an area of law that previously had been unfamiliar to him.

The Main Chorus: Accountability

By Gene R. Besen |

The days of individual executives avoiding responsibility for corporate fraud through the payment of massive corporate penalties (paid with shareholder dollars) are ending.

Mike Maslanka

5 Insights to Help You Be the Best Version of Yourself

By Mike Maslanka |

Let's cue up some MÖtley CrÜe: "All bad things must end/all bad things must die."True enough, and it's our job as lawyers to speed along the process when it comes to inculcating the clause of honesty and ethical conduct in our firms and companies.