Healthy Innovation: New Law Puts Seton Healthcare GC’s Services in High Demand
Lawyers at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin have been busy since the federal government enacted major healthcare reforms, and general counsel Teresa Burroff is excited about the changes.

Eight Texas Firms Score Big on List of 2011 Deals
It’s an energy-fueled transactional heyday for the large Texas firms that were on the short list of the nation’s busiest deal-making firms in 2011. A total of eight Texas firms appear on charts in The American Lawyer‘s Corporate Scorecard 2012, which ranks firms on the volume and value of transactional work in 2011.

Texas’ Top Deals of 2011

The M&A Toll Tax
These days, essentially every corporate merger involving a publicly traded company invites a lawsuit from shareholders claiming that the target corporation’s board of directors breached its fiduciary duty by agreeing to sell the company for an unfair price through a tainted process, write Charles W. Schwartz and Daniel E. Bolia.

Asking for a Facebook Password Can Be Risky
The hot legal question of the day is this: Can employers ask applicants for their Facebook password as part of the hiring process? Michael P. Maslanka offers one piece of advice employers’ lawyers need to share with their clients: Do not ask a job applicant about or investigate matters that are irrelevant to the hiring decision.

Behind Enemy Lines: Employee-Side Lawyer Tactics
Solid intelligence matters, writes Alan Bush. Leaders strive to anticipate and undermine their opponents’ moves. Football coaches study an opposing team’s play calling. Generals track the enemy with satellites, spies and the Special Forces. Business executives monitor competitors. In-house counsel’s role with HR is no different.