In 1964, Richard D. Haynes opened his solo law office in Dallas. The son of an Ada, Oklahoma hardware merchant, he had practiced as both an in-house counsel and a member of a larger firm before following his entrepreneurial instincts. While he was teaching a securities law seminar, he met Michael M. Boone, a student at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Upon graduating in 1967, Boone joined Haynes in practice. They successfully focused on securities work as a small firm with a big firm attitude – they would try harder, and demonstrate that they could provide great service, quickly and be as creative and innovative in legal practice as large firms. Their success led them, on January 1, 1970, to form the partnership of Haynes and Boone. Today, with more than 500 lawyers in 13 offices and 30 major legal practice areas, we have received multiple honors for our approach to client service including recognition by Corporate Board Member Magazine and from the BTI Consulting Group’s survey of corporate general counsel.