Lateral Look: Haynes and Boone

Born and raised in the Lone Star State, this dedicated Texan combines a prestigious name with a healthy lifestyle to match.

With seven offices within its home state alone, Haynes and Boone can lay claim to being one of Texas’s most established legal outfits and picks up strong rankings from Chambers USA in bankruptcy, energy, insurance, IP, appellate litigation, investigations and real estate. However, much like fellow Texas success stories Beyoncé, Dell and frozen margaritas, the firm has now made a name for itself far and wide. Haynes and Boone has a further eleven offices outside Texas including three international bases in Shanghai, Mexico City and London. 

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Why did you join Haynes and Boone?

“A fiscally responsible firm.

Because the older associates and partners genuinely seemed like they wanted to help you learn and cared about your future at the firm as opposed to churning you out.

"The firm places significant emphasis on teamwork and camaraderie." 

"Location and culture - living in Texas is a life hack." 
"Reputation for strong client base and collaborative culture that encourages community involvement."


Strategic recruitment focuses 2022

Energy careers

The view from the firm: Energy drives all other industries. Its fundamental importance requires skilled lawyers in multiple specialty areas. Our lawyers handle high-stakes transactions and disputes for an array of clients in the United States and in international markets. We will
continue to grow in this area, with focus on the following:
• Oil and gas, including upstream, midstream and downstream matters
• LNG, including transportation, liquefaction and regasification
• Electric power, including generation, transmission, marketing, sales, hedging and tolling agreements, as well as compliance with
state commission, FERC, ISO and RTOs requirements
• Alternative and renewable energy, including solar and wind
• The evolution of the U.S. oil and gas market to an export market
• Transitioning to lower-carbon energy markets
• Energy-related litigation and arbitration

Power and renewables clients: Castleton Commodities, NextEra Energy, EDP Renewables North America.

Recent highlight: Advised South Texas Electric Cooperative on various Power Purchase Agreements with solar developers.

 Technology careers

The view from the firm: Technology continues to disrupt and transform business and the global economy. Constant innovation and the growth and market capitalization of technology companies will continue to dominate the global economy. What began at our firm as a practice handling patent prosecution, trademarks and technology transactions has grown to be recognized as one of the top nationally-ranked intellectual property practices, including a highly-rated patent office trials practice and intellectual property litigation practice. We increasingly draw upon significant interdisciplinary experience across all our practices in serving our technology clients, which range from global telecommunications companies and international manufacturers to mid-sized software providers and internet startups. Looking ahead, we will continue to handle important legal technology issues for clients in a variety of industries, including, among others, energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services, healthcare and transportation, while growing our overall service offering to our technology company clients. Demand for our legal expertise in these areas will continue at a high level for many years.

Technology industry group clients: Mitel, Toyota, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

Recent highlight: Negotiated various patent portfolio acquisition and licensing agreements on behalf of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

Financial services careers

The view from the firm: Since the founding of our firm, we have handled thousands of financial services matters for significant clients.  Our deep experience includes work in commercial and investment banking, complex real estate, bankruptcy/restructuring matters in both domestic and international markets, and high-stakes litigation. We will continue to grow these practices, with particular attention to the interaction between financial services and private equity. Our lawyers will be equipped to provide services both in bull and bear markets, including restructuring work during down cycles.

Banking and finance clients: Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo Bank. 

Recent highlight: Advised Bank of America on a $1 billion revolving credit facility for ONE Gas.

Private equity careers

The view from the firm: During the past 20 years, we have seen a steady increase in corporate matters driven by private equity. While capital markets work is, and will remain, a key strategic focus of the firm, we expect to see continued growth in the private equity sector. Our corporate and tax lawyers assist clients in structuring and organizing fund sponsors and investment funds in both domestic and international markets. We help these clients execute acquisitions, financings and exit transactions (through mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and capital market transactions), and provide transactional and other advice to private equityowned portfolio companies. Our clients include leveraged buyout funds, energy funds, real estate funds, debt funds, infrastructure funds, mezzanine investment funds, family offices, venture capital funds, and angel and seed capital investors. We will position the firm to help guide fundraising and asset deployment activities at all stages of private equity management. From a marketing perspective, the firm will look for ways to “play to its strengths” in these core areas. As a result of the size of these practices, we frequently match up with other prominent firms on complex transactions receiving national attention. This exposure in the marketplace enhances the firm’s brand in the eyes of our clients, other law firms and non-legal service providers. By emphasizing these strengths, the firm will continue to build credibility as a more recognized brand and will further solidify its status as “board safe” in these core sectors. While not exclusive, the firm’s strategic growth initiatives (both practice and geographic, and including both entry level and lateral hires) will focus on these core sectors in both domestic and international markets. By increasing our knowledge base and depth in these areas, we will further strengthen our position for cross-selling and securing future work. Our business success in these areas also will provide important recruiting benefits, as both lateral hires and new attorneys seek to join teams with strong track records of success in these core sectors.

Recent highlight: Represented Trive Capital, a Texas-based private equity firm, on its partnership with manufacturing business AMRO Fabricating Corporation.


Career development & the path to partnership



1.3 : 1


partners made in 2022

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of junior associates intend to make partner




felt partnership was achievable for attorneys with children agreed the firm’s name adds value to their resume agreed partners
are nurturing
future leaders


The view from the firm: Providing ongoing attorney development is a priority at Haynes Boone. The firm’s mission to develop our lawyers is rooted in the recognition by our partners that the development, retention, and advancement of our lawyers will determine the future success of the firm. 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.


Hours & compensation





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average number of vacation days associates took in one year

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agreed they had a good work-life balance

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  • 1st year: $205,000 

The view from the firm: As a member of Haynes Boone, you will find:

- A compensation system focused on teamwork and finding the best lawyer for the job, rather than encouraging work hoarding
- An emphasis on client service and extraordinary relationship management, with billing rates that combine the best elements of value for the client and reward for you.
- A collaborative approach to marketing and staffing matters that invites you to collaborate with other top lawyers.
- An environment where we truly enjoy our clients, our work and each other.


Is Haynes and Boone the right firm for you?





said they’d chosen the right firm

were happy in their current role

felt comfortable being themselves

The view from the firm: Haynes and 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.

What stands out about the firm's culture?

Excellence and kindness are not exclusive of one another.

The pleasant and more down-to-earth "real" people that work here."

"Everyone has a family or some sort of life they care about outside of work. Obviously things come up, but the general expectation is not that anyone is working around the clock."

"Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be there. I felt comfortable from the start. Attorneys did not take themselves too seriously and had normal lives.”


Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing






reported strong performance in inclusivity training

agreed that the firm strives to retain and promote diverse lawyers

of partners are women

of associates identify as ethnically diverse


The view from the firm: 

Creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace takes a strong commitment to making real, meaningful change. The following 11 steps outline our top-down, bottom-up approach to establishing a culture of inclusion, where each person is empowered, has a voice in decision-making, feels a sense of belonging and has opportunities for advancement.

• Assign value to DEI
• Create a succession planning process with a Mansfield Rule-like requirement
• Demonstrate commitment of firm leadership
• Examine current attorney recruitment processes
• Examine promotions and appointments processes
• Foster a positive and inclusive environment for all
• Institute ongoing mandatory education and training
• Integrate DEI into all marketing materials
• Evaluate optimal work allocation systems for associates
• Enhance integration for black attorneys
• Encourage real-time feedback to all associates


Pro bono




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The view from the firm: At Haynes Boone, we believe that a meaningful professional career is much more than just handling major business transactions or trying complex lawsuits. Our lawyers actively use the law for helping those people and organizations who need it most but are least able to pay.  We are committed to supporting such opportunities for pro bono service and believe this kind of leadership is the right thing to do.


Sustainability and CSR

The view from the firm: Our lawyers and staff are enriched and challenged in an environment that emphasizes and embraces teamwork, flexibility and skill development. With a culture that encourages open communication and respect among colleagues, we enjoy working together.



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Recruitment contact: Amanda Kelly, Senior Manager of Attorney Recruitment

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