30 Rock Welcomes Haynes and Boone New York

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 00:00

Haynes and Boone, LLP has completed the much-anticipated relocation of its rapidly expanding New York office to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Haynes and Boone occupies 74,600 square feet, the entire 25th and 26th floors, in the landmark 70-story office tower. The move more than doubles the firm's former 35,000-square-foot space in the McGraw-Hill Building at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

The firm began practicing in New York with a single attorney in 2004 and has since grown to more than 50 lawyers. New York Managing Partner Kenneth Bezozo said the move to 30 Rock was in anticipation of substantial continued expansion as the firm aims to increase its New York practice to 100 attorneys in the next few years.

As part of its strategic growth plans, Haynes and Boone's New York office has significantly bolstered its finance, real estate, litigation, bankruptcy, securities regulation and white collar criminal defense capabilities.

A Beaumont, Texas appeals court has set aside an order evicting a multiple sclerosis patient from her Jefferson County apartment in a pro bono matter handled by Haynes and Boone, LLP appellate lawyers.

Houston appellate lawyers Jeff Nobles and Polly Graham successfully argued the default judgment was improper because it was rendered while Haynes and Boone's client was hospitalized with a chronic illness and that the client had meritorious defenses the trial court failed to consider. On January 27, the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont issued an opinion that reversed the judgment of the trial court and remanded the case for a new trial.

Haynes and Boone's client was evicted from her apartment for reasons disputed by the involved parties. She represented herself in eviction proceedings but was in the hospital with complications from multiple sclerosis on the trial date. The landlord took a default judgment, which resulted in lasting harm to Haynes and Boone's client and precluded her from securing satisfactory housing.

Haynes and Boone filed an appellants' brief and a reply brief in which the lawyers argued the trial court should not have conducted the trial while the defendant was in the hospital and that she had claims that should have been decided by a jury. The firm held there was no good cause for eviction as required by federal laws protecting low-income tenants and the eviction was retaliation for the defendant's complaints about mold contamination following 2008 flooding from Hurricane Ike.

Ms. Graham handled the oral argument in November 2010, more than a year after receiving the case through a State Bar of Texas pro bono referral. Mr. Nobles said the appeal highlighted the importance of pro bono representation for ordinary people who have valid legal claims and defense but can not afford counsel.