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June 1, 2010 1:12 PM

Haynes and Boone Dueling with Former Partner

Posted by Ross Todd

Breakups can be rocky. In an article in the Monday edition of the New York Law Journal, our colleague Nate Raymond chronicles the particularly contentious breakup of Haynes and Boone and former partner Harvey Kesner.

"When Haynes and Boone hired Harvey Kesner for its fledgling New York office in 2006, the firm welcomed his corporate group as an illustration of its 'careful selection' of laterals who shared its 'collegial and entrepreneurial spirit,'" Raymond writes. "Relations between the law firm and Mr. Kesner can hardly be called collegial these days."

Haynes and Boone asked Kesner to leave last year. Kesner sued the firm last month in New York federal court for wrongful termination, demanding $15 million in damages. Haynes and Boone then filed suit in Texas state court last week accusing Kesner of breaching firm policy. In its complaint, the firm accuses Kesner of accepting stock and other benefits through an undisclosed business.

Kesner's lawyers declined to comment on the firm's Texas suit. But Kesner's lawyer on the New York suit, William Dealy of Dealy & Silberstein, told the NYLJ that his client "has excellent claims against Haynes and Boone" and the firm's managing partner. Haynes and Boone declined to comment to the NYLJ.

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