K&L Gates mourns the passing of longtime partner Vester T. Hughes, Jr. While Vester’s extraordinary contributions to the legal community and the profession will be greatly missed, he leaves a strong legacy of K&L Gates tax lawyers who proudly carry on his tradition and practice.
Our Dallas lawyers work seamlessly within a number of diverse industries, including telecommunications, oil and gas, venture capital, banks and financial services, internet and e-commerce, technology, defense, transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing, as well as retail and construction.
Our core practice areas include corporate and securities, tax, commercial litigation, government enforcement, health care, real estate and land development, bankruptcy and business reorganization, outsourcing and technology, and banking and finance. Our Dallas office was awarded 15 Tier 1 practice rankings by the 2015 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in the following areas: Banking & Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Employment Law – Management, Information Technology Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Securities, Litigation – Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Real Estate Law, Securities Regulation, Tax Law, and Trusts & Estates Law.
Our corporate and securities attorneys provide clients with a full range of corporate legal services, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, corporate governance, franchise law, and general corporate counseling. Dallas attorneys are experienced in structuring, negotiating, documenting, and consummating complex corporate transactions, both domestically and in cross-border settings. We also counsel and assist public and privately held companies, corporate insiders and shareholders with respect to securities regulatory matters.
The Dallas tax practice is at the forefront in providing planning, litigation and legislative services related to both federal and state tax issues. Our tax capabilities include comprehensive knowledge of state taxation (including sales, franchise and property tax) and handling administrative and court tax controversies at both the state and federal levels.
The Dallas commercial litigation practice has proficiency in a full spectrum of issues confronting businesses. Our clients include Fortune 100 companies, middle-market businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition to our general commercial litigation practice, we have developed particular experience in antitrust, appellate, insurance litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, and probate litigation, as well as complex personal injury, business fraud, professional defense (attorney, accountant, officer and director), securities litigation, telecom, and white collar. In addition, attorneys in the Dallas office have a broad range of experience in arbitration and dispute resolution matters, both domestically and internationally.
Our government enforcement practice features securities litigators and respected white collar attorneys that are experienced in representing companies, executives, directors and officers. Our representation includes regulatory, litigation and investigation matters before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and in the courts involving allegations of white-collar crime; health care, investment, securities, banking, and tax fraud; copyright and trademark infringement; False Claims Act cases; and SEC and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. The Dallas health care practice provides legal services to a variety of health care related entities including academic medical centers, hospitals, research institutions, physician groups, Accountable Care Organizations, independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTF), durable medical equipment (DME) providers, laboratories, home health agencies (HHA), hospices, skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and manufacturers in various regulatory, transactional, administrative, and controversy-related matters. We advise clients on operational matters, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, liability exposure, managed care law, ERISA, HIPAA privacy issues, federal and state health care regulatory compliance, licensing, ACO formation/integration issues, health care reimbursement disputes and risk management issues. Our Dallas representation includes assisting clients in drafting and negotiating professional services and management contracts as well as stock and asset purchase transactions, and defending providers against third-party audits and DOJ/FBI/OIG investigations.
Our real estate practice includes land use, entitlement, economic incentive, and public finance matters throughout Texas and the United States. We offer a full range of services relating to traditional real estate matters, including financing, acquisition, development, leasing and disposition, and environmental and construction concerns. We develop and implement lobbying strategies on a local and statewide basis.
The Dallas office’s bankruptcy and business reorganization lawyers bring broad experience to our clients’ business reorganization matters, including specific experience in the sale and acquisition of assets in bankruptcy proceedings, fraudulent transfer and avoidance actions, and vendor and creditor rights matters. Acting as counsel to debtors, lenders, committees, trustees, asset purchasers, liquidating agents, and a variety of other clients in reorganization and bankruptcy proceedings, we offer experience in complex matters in Texas and throughout the nation. Our Dallas attorneys also have specific experience in insolvency litigation and business fraud disputes that commonly arise in connection with bankruptcy matters and have significant experience in forming and representing post-confirmation liquidating trusts.
Our outsourcing and technology group is a leader in providing legal support for outsourcing transactions, with more than 30 years experience. Attorneys in the Dallas office have represented service providers and customers, including some of the largest and most complex outsourcing arrangements in the industry. Attorneys participate in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of outsourcing transactions, and have special knowledge in managing the personnel, proprietary rights, intellectual property, technical, contractual, and business issues related to outsourcing relationships. The Dallas office also boasts significant experience in Internet, e-commerce, and new media.
The Dallas office is also home to a banking and finance practice group that represents a wide variety of lending institutions. Our clients include several of the world’s largest banks, along with a number of medium-size banks, private equity firms, finance companies, and small community banks. Representative of the types of commercial credit transactions our Dallas office regularly handles are syndicated bank credits, asset-based lending transactions, real estate lending, debtor-in-possession financing, and letters of credit and other credit enhancement transactions. Additionally, our team represents our banking and private equity firm clients in a large variety of loan workouts and restructurings.