J. Kenneth Menges, Jr. is co-head of Akin Gump’s corporate practice and the partner in charge of the Dallas office. He is also a member of the firm’s management committee and the Dallas office’s diversity committee.

Practice & Background

Mr. Menges has more than 30 years of experience representing public companies, boards of directors and special committees with respect to corporate governance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He also represents clients in M&A transactions domestically and internationally. Mr. Menges also has extensive experience in the negotiation and preparation of partnership and employment agreements and the restructuring and workout of complex financings.

Mr. Menges received his B.S.B.A. summa cum laude in 1979 from the Boston University School of Management and his J.D. in 1982 from Harvard Law School, where he was a winner of the Williston Competition in Contract Negotiation. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Menges is a frequent speaker on corporate governance topics.

Representative Matters

Mr. Menges’ recent engagements include:

  • acting as counsel to special committees of public companies in connection with strategic transactions
  • advising a hospital in connection with strategic and contractual matters
  • advising a private equity firm in connection with the disposition of portfolio companies
  • advising a publicly held insurance company in its sale to another public company
  • advising an advertising and marketing services company in its sale to a larger company in the industry
  • advising an investment and financial advisory firm in its sale to a bank holding company
  • advising a broadcast and media company in acquisitions, financings and dispositions
  • advising a consumer products company in its initial public offering and subsequent corporate matters.

Community Involvement

Mr. Menges has participated in a variety of civic, charitable and political organizations including being a:

  • member of the national advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • member of the board of trustees of Boston University, where he formerly served as vice chairman
  • member of the board of directors of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • member of the board of directors of the Dallas County Historical Foundation.

Awards & Accolades

  • Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2010 – 2013) as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate/M&A
  • Mr. Menges was one of 80 lawyers in the nation named to the BTI National Client Service All-Star Team in 2002.

Speaking Engagements

  • When Corporate Counsel Mind the Fence, IQPC’s 5th Corporate Counsel Exchange, April 27, 2010
  • Preparing for the 2010 Annual Meeting: Developments Involving Shareholder Access and Proxy Statement Disclosure, the University of Texas School of Law’s Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law, February 11, 2010
  • Current State of Corporate Governance in the United States, University of Texas at Dallas MBA Program (lecturer).