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Baker & McKenzie Alums Form Dallas Trial Boutique

By Jess Davis Law360, Dallas (July 09, 2013, 8:43 PM ET) -- A pair of former Baker & McKenzie LLP attorneys have opened a trial and appellate boutique in Dallas focused on complex commercial litigation and agricultural business, known as Bailey Brauer PLLC, the firm said Tuesday. Clayton Bailey, the former head of Baker & McKenzie’s Dallas litigation group, and Alex Brauer opened shop in mid-May with just one associate but plan to grow the boutique into a litigation and appeals powerhouse. They said working in a smaller firm allowed them to provide the same quality of legal expertise at a more cost-effective price for clients and gave them more freedom to provide alternative fee arrangements. A smaller firm also helps the attorneys avoid the complicated conflicts that sometimes forced them to turn down business at Baker & McKenzie, which now refers them some cases it cannot take, Brauer said. “The freedom and flexibility to work with clients on payment options or how to handle a case, and to be nimble and quick without a lot of big global politics to go through or conflicts checks before taking a case has made it a lot more fun and enjoyable,” Brauer told Law360. The two worked often together at Baker & McKenzie and racked up a string of wins at trials and in the appellate courts, including more than a dozen published opinions. Their clients include Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Durez Corp., Harrell Nut Co., Sage Western Investments and Lone Star Investment Advisors, among others. “Together, we proved our mettle at one of the world’s largest law firms,” Bailey said in a statement. “And we will continue to deliver that kind of sophisticated, aggressive and creative work at Bailey Brauer.” The firm is expecting a decision shortly from the Fifth Circuit

July 9th, 2013|Categories: News|

Sale of Smithfield Farms About More Than Ham

Androvett News Dallas Attorney Clayton Bailey says Sale of Smithfield Farms About More Than Ham The proposed sale of Smithfield Farms, the country's largest pork producer, to China's Shuanghui International for $7.1 billion ultimately may be positive for the American pork market, but it is nevertheless a complicated transaction unfolding in a difficult political climate, says Clayton Bailey, a name partner in the Dallas litigation boutique Bailey Brauer PLLC. Bailey, who has significant experience handling agribusiness litigation, says the simmering distrust between the United States and China over trade secret matters, combined with Americans' concern over Shuanghui's track record on food safety issues, mean that the Smithfield transaction is more than "just business." He continues, "There's no denying that, by further opening the Chinese market to American pork exports, it could be a boon for U.S. pork producers, but the big question is how will Americans feel about eating pork that's being produced by a company that's owned by the Chinese?" — For more information, contact Amy Hunt at 800-559-4534 or amy@androvett.com

June 26th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |