Chairman’s Letter


When the economy is strong, the business environment is more optimistic and capital is available. Yet everything happens in cycles. Growth may become more moderate with a rise in interest rates indicating a time to prepare, but not to panic. That is the essence of what we heard at our annual Capital Markets Breakfast Forum last month. We thank Mark Montgomery, Ali Nasser and Scott Winship for sharing their insights and forecasts on the economy, M&A activity and what may be ahead. I invite you to read our eBook that highlights the discussion.

Speaking of optimism, even though the financial markets have shown a recent pullback, the strong economic conditions over the past year led to an increase in M&A activity in Houston. According to Bloomberg, 2018 is the top year on record for M&A activity nationwide. And that certainly holds true for us at BoyarMiller where we are on pace to close well over 50 transactions this year.

I’m proud that our firm has been able to help several clients pursue their plans for strategic acquisitions to enhance their portfolios of products and services, or to complement an existing business line. We are passionate about guiding our clients toward new possibilities because we are here to help them achieve their business goals.

ACC Going Strong

This past month month, three of our senior attorneys conducted a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit event for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Houston and The Woodlands chapters. Gus Bourgeois, Larry Wilson and Stacy Russell presented “Treacherous Terms: Drafting Contracts to Avoid Litigation.” It is a review of meddlesome contract clauses from an in-house counsel point of view. We are always happy to sponsor ACC and support the work of our in-house counsel colleagues.

Sum and Substance

It was an honor to be a featured “storyteller” at the annual Conscious Capitalism Houston Chapter Sum and Substance event that brought together five local business leaders to talk about how they found purpose at work. I shared how BoyarMiller developed a culture and mission that is focused on making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. We believe that growth and profit are outcomes, not business strategies. So we have built a firm with like-minded professionals focused on a powerful mission of helping our clients fearlessly pursue opportunities that achieve their goals. That means we listen, we provide a clear strategy, communicate consistently, and help our clients move forward with confidence. It’s what we do. You can watch the short video talk online now.

Welcome Shay Johanson

Welcome Shay Johansonthe newest member of our legal team. Shay has more than two decades of experience and joins BoyarMiller as Of Counsel in our Business Group. He has extensive experience as in-house counsel and prior to that represented clients in the oil and gas industry, technology sector and other industries in private practice. Stop by and meet Shay the next time you are at our office.

As always, we are here to help you. Give us a call and let us demonstrate our commitment and passion to provide counsel beyond expectations.


Chris Hanslik