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Haynes and Boone Dallas?

Post by Anonymous User » Sun May 03, 2020 3:43 pm

Anyone have any recent info on them? I'm currently a junior associate at another firm in a major market but from the area so they've been on my list for a potential move down the line, but I've heard that they've taken a step back in the Dallas market with K&E/Winston/Sidley drawing away some of their PE and corporate work. I've also heard that they're no longer regarded as a lifestyle firm and hours have gotten worse recently.

This is all second and third-hand info, so no idea if it's accurate or not. Anyone have any intel on what's going on?

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Re: Haynes and Boone Dallas?

Post by Anonymous User » Sun May 03, 2020 3:47 pm

All of that is pretty accurate. HayBoo Dallas is still well-regarded for corporate work, but they are pretty much exclusively middle market now. From what I have heard, that has advantages in terms of exit opps because you have closer ties to local clients, but that's anecdotal. Still pretty good culturally, but definitely not a lifestyle firm. The hours aren't any better than they are at a a national firm like Kirkland or a V&E/BB.

Based on your question, I am assuming you are corporate, but, just in case, I have heard less great things about the litigation group. Not a lot of work, slow, "quirky" personalities.

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Re: Haynes and Boone Dallas?

Post by Anonymous User » Mon May 04, 2020 2:45 am

Anonymous User wrote:All of that is pretty accurate. HayBoo Dallas is still well-regarded for corporate work, but they are pretty much exclusively middle market now. From what I have heard, that has advantages in terms of exit opps because you have closer ties to local clients, but that's anecdotal. Still pretty good culturally, but definitely not a lifestyle firm. The hours aren't any better than they are at a a national firm like Kirkland or a V&E/BB.

Based on your question, I am assuming you are corporate, but, just in case, I have heard less great things about the litigation group. Not a lot of work, slow, "quirky" personalities.
Agree with all of this, although I've heard more and more people aren't making hours (this was last fall, pre-corona). I've also heard staffing is rough - not a lot of substantive work for juniors, and mainly given out based on who you're "in" with, rather than any kind of equitable work distribution.

Culturally, it's got a very fratty reputation. Laid back and friendly (for Biglaw at least), but I've also heard firsthand from some female corporate associates that there are serious sexual harassment issues, so if you're a woman.. talk to some corporate juniors/midlevels before making your decision.

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