Don M. Glendenning

Partner
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Don Glendenning has extensive experience in a broad range of corporate and securities matters, representing numerous public and private companies as well as many of the state's leading family offices.

  • He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA, which has referred to him as “brilliant and one of the most client-service oriented lawyers out there,” and as “a superlative lawyer who can empathize not only with his client, but with other parties in the situation, and often crafts solutions that satisfy everyone.”

Don Glendenning has extensive experience in a broad range of corporate and securities matters, representing numerous public and private companies as well as many of the state's leading family offices.

  • He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA, which has referred to him as “brilliant and one of the most client-service oriented lawyers out there,” and as “a superlative lawyer who can empathize not only with his client, but with other parties in the situation, and often crafts solutions that satisfy everyone.”
  • Significant transactions have included representation of:
    • Southern Union Company in its $10 billion acquisition by Energy Transfer
    • Linn Energy special committee in the $4 billion acquisition of Berry Petroleum
    • Tenet Healthcare and Conifer Health Solutions in partnering with Catholic Health Initiatives for Conifer's revenue cycle management services, impacting scores of hospitals throughout the United States
    • Public spin-off transactions for Kronos Worldwide and for Belo Corp.
    • Multi-generational structurings for public and private enterprises
  • Don also represents the family offices of many of the most prominent families in Texas in their investments, financings, operations and multi-generational planning
  • Active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, he is a recipient of the Justinian Award from the Dallas Bar Association, which recognizes an attorney who has “actively demonstrated a long-standing dedication to volunteer service in the Dallas community,” as well as a number of honors for his service in his five core areas of civic focus: Human Rights, Social Justice and Community Enhancement; Public Health; Education; the Environment; and the Arts

Don’s experience includes representation of:

  • Public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions, including asset sales, stock sales, spin-offs and mergers
  • Investors and issuers in private equity, venture-stage and growth companies
  • Issuers and investors concerning corporate governance and securities law disclosure and filing requirements
  • Special committees and acquirers in going-private transactions
  • Issuers in domestic and European bond offerings and technology and manufacturing clients in international joint ventures in Asia and Latin America
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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1979

    Associate Editor, Stanford Law Review

  • B.A.,

    magna cum laude

    , Rice University, 1976

    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1979
Awards & Recognitions
    • Recognized, Texas Trailblazer, Texas Lawyer (2020)
    • Recipient, Justinian Award, Dallas Bar Association (2011)
    • Recognized, Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A Law in Texas (2009-2020)
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate (2008-2021) and Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2014-2020)
    • Named, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2012-2015, 2018, 2021)
    • Named, BTI Client Service All-Star, Corporate Law (2015)
    • Named, Texas Super Lawyers®, Mergers & Acquisitions (2003-2007, 2009-2020)

    Awards
     

    Human Rights, Social Justice and Community Enhancement

    • Recipient, Dallas Holocaust Museum Hope for Humanity Award
    • Recipient, Anti-Defamation League of Dallas Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award
    • Recipient, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas "Angel of Freedom" and "Distinguished Lifetime Service" Awards
    • Recipient, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Pro Bono Award
    • Recipient, Dallas Bar Association Justinian Award

     

    Education

    • Honoree, SMU Meadows at the Meyerson

     

    The Environment

    • Recipient, Dallas Zoological Society "Good Egg" Award

     

    The Arts

    • Recipient, TACA Silver Cup
    • Recipient, with wife Carol, of the Juanita and Henry S. Miller, Jr. Founders Award of The Dallas Opera
Community Leadership
  • Human Rights, Social Justice and Community Enhancement

    • Inaugural President and Current Member of Advisory Board, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
    • Director, TexProtects
    • Volunteer, Cafe Momentum
    • Former Director, Dallas Holocaust Museum
    • Former Chairman and current member of Advisory Board, Thanks-Giving Foundation
    • Former Director, Dallas Chamber of Commerce
    • Former Member, United Way Tocqueville Cabinet and current Member, Tocqueville Society
    • Major Donor, Human Rights Campaign

     

    Public Health

    • Co-Chair of the successful $150 Million Campaign for the New Parkland Hospital
    • Former Director, the Parkland Foundation
    • Chair, Campaign for the Southwest Medical District

     

    Education

    • Director, the SMU Tower Center Board
    • Chair, The Forum of the Tower Center
    • Advisor, UTD McDermott Scholars Alumni Association
    • Advisory Board Member, KIPP DFW
    • Past President, Rice University DFW Alumni
    • Former Director, KERA

     

    The Environment

    • Former President, Scenic Dallas and Scenic Texas
    • Director, The Trinity Park Conservancy
    • Director, Texas Trees Foundation
    • Former Co-Chair, Major Gifts Campaign, Dallas Zoological Society
    • Past Chairman, Dallas Zoological Society
    • Former Director, Arbor Day Foundation
    • Former Director, National Tree Trust

     

    The Arts

    • Former Co-Chair, The Founders Circle, The Arts Community Alliance (“TACA”)
    • Former Director, The Dallas Theater Center
    • Advisor, National Center for Arts Research
    • Member, Dallas Opera Inner Circle
    • Former Director, SMU Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board
    • Former Director, TACA
Professional History
    • Partner (1986-Present) and Associate (1979-1986), Locke Lord LLP (and predecessor firms)
    • Firm's Partner in Charge of Corporate Responsibility and Charitable Giving
    • Former Managing Partner, Dallas
    • Former Co-Chair, Corporate and Transactional Department