Lateral Look: Haynes and Boone

This Texan shines bright for serving up BigLaw in healthier proportions and its ever-growing reach beyond the Lone Star State.

Haynes and Boone Lateral Profile 2023

The firm’s “reputation across Texas” is consolidated by its network of seven offices across the state. Beyond Texas the firm boasts a further ten bases Stateside, with an additional three across LondonMexico City, and Shanghai, making up a “global network of support” which attracted many an associate.

H&B holds its own with 25 Chambers USA rankings. These are awarded to the firm for its top-tier bankruptcy/restructuringinsuranceintellectual propertyappellate litigationwhite-collar & government investigations, and employee benefits & executive compensation expertise across its home state. Nationwide, the firm shines for its derivativesfranchising, and oil and gas litigation know-how.

View the firm’s Chambers USA rankings

Read the firm’s Inside View feature on junior associate life

Why did you join your firm? Associates say…

“The people at Haynes and Boone are of good character and collectively create a superb working culture.”

“Dallas-headquartered with excellent firm culture, prestigious transactional practices and home-grown partnership model.”

“Reputation for Work/Life Balance.”


 Strategic Recruitment Focuses 2023

Corporate (capital markets, M&A, investment funds) careers

Corporate/M&A clients: Liberty Energy; USA Environment Holdings; Streamland Media

Recent work highlight: Represented alternative asset specialist Beneficient in its $3.3 billion merger with Avalon Acquisition, allowing Beneficient to become a publicly listed company on Nasdaq.

Litigation careers

Recent work highlight: Represented Pizza Hut in front of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


 Career Development & the Path to Partnership



0.9 : 1


partners made in 2022

associate : partner gearing

of associates intend to make partner




felt partnership was achievable for attorneys with children felt partnership was achievable at the firm agreed partners
are nurturing
future leaders


The view from the firm: Providing ongoing attorney development is a priority at Haynes Boone. Our Attorney Development group works extensively with the partners and associates at the firm across all offices to provide the training and development that our lawyers need at the various stages of their careers. We do not limit our attorney development efforts to the associates of the firm. We have designed programs especially for partners that take into account the set of skills that partners need at their sophisticated levels of practice.

At regular intervals, associates will come together with class level cohorts to ensure just-in-time training is provided on such topics as inclusive leadership, managing and motivating teams, client relations and opportunities for cross-office networking. Our counsel and partnership readiness programs are focused on practice building and business development with the guidance of departmental leadership, so that when associates are invited to our New Partner Toolkit, they will be set up for success as an entry-level partner.


 Hours & Compensation





billable hours

average number of vacation days associates took in one year

average number of hours associates worked in one week




agreed they had a good work-life balance

said the benefits package makes the workload worthwhile

found the bonus allocation fair and transparent



*The firm did not disclose salaries.


 Is Haynes and Boone the right firm for you?




were happy in their current role

     agreed the work is interesting

The view from the firm: Haynes Boone periodically has openings for experienced lawyers in different practice groups and offices. We evaluate each lateral’s experience, maturity, intelligence, interests, communication skills and motivation in making our hiring decisions. We seek only those lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional strengths as evidenced by their rank in their various schools and a solid reputation in the profession and their communities.

We asked survey respondents what stands out about the firm’s culture?

“Partners are approachable and are willing to help associates. Even when times are busy, the partners are working really hard and helping the team.”

“Very warm work environment. While it is still BigLaw, the partners seem to genuinely care about the associates.”

“How many people were "homegrown" and stayed with the firm their entire careers.”


 Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing





reported strong performance in inclusivity training

of partners are women

of associates identify as ethnically diverse



Pro Bono




average pro bono
per US attorney    

    agreed the firm is committed to pro bono


Pro bono highlights:  Randall Mays/Office of Capital and Forensic Writs (criminal appeal); Houston Volunteer Lawyers (family, estate, tax); Texas Civil Right Project and Nova Ukraine (asylum); Parole Advocacy Initiative of Lincoln



Learn more about opportunities at the firm

Recruitment contact: Amanda Kelly, Senior Manager of Lateral Recruiting,