Darrell R. Windham

Darrell R. Windham

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Recognized since 2001

Austin, Texas

Practice Areas

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

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Darrell Windham is the managing member of the firm’s Austin office and has forty years of experience representing early stage companies, publicly traded and privately held clients, private equity funds and investors in complex mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic joint ventures, capital markets and other domestic and global business transactions. Darrell has experience in a wide variety of industries, including life sciences, medical devices, technology, software and semi-conductors, entertainment and media, manufacturing and construction, and consumer products.

Darrell represents both strategic and private equity buyers and sellers in a variety of M&A transactions, including corporate reorganizations and recapitalizations, joint ventures, strategic alliances and multiple stage funding to buyout transactions. Darrell represents issuers, underwriters, investors and private equity funds in capital raising transactions, such as initial and secondary public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities and new fund formation.

Darrell has served as a director and executive officer of publicly held companies and private businesses and in leadership positions in many state, local and national charitable and non-profit organizations, including serving as President and Chairman of the Texas Exes and as the first President of the Contemporary Austin.


  • 607 West Third Street, Suite 2500
    Austin, TX 78701


  • The University of Texas at Austin, BBA, graduated 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Austin Chapter of the College Football Hall of Fame Foundation - Director
  • Austin Development Nature Conservancy - Board Member
  • Austin Longhorn Club - Director
  • Austin Museum of Art/Arthouse - President of the Board of Trustees
  • Commission of 125 - Member
  • Economic Development Corporation, Austin Chamber of Commerce - Director
  • Knights of the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society - Member
  • Longhorn Foundation - Director
  • McDonald Observatory and Astronomy Board of Visitors - Member
  • Men’s Athletic Council - Member
  • Texas Business Hall of Fame - Director
  • Texas TriCities Chapter, National Association of Corporate Directors - Director
  • The University of Texas at Austin Littlefield Society - Member
  • Travis County Bar Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Special Focus

  • Corporate Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities


  • AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
  • Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2009
  • "Texas' Top Rated Lawyers," 2012
  • Chambers USA Guide, 2009-2010, 2012-2013
  • Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013

Areas of Concentration

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Securities, finance, capital markets and venture capital
  • Technology (medical device and technology, digital media and film, semiconductor software, alternative energy)

Significant Representations

  • Represented a publicly held medical device company in which the client was acquired by Blackstone Capital Partners V, L.P in a going private transaction; total value of the transaction was approximately $900 million, which at the time of the closing, represented the most ever paid for an Austin-based company; transaction also involved public debt and senior secured debt offerings aggregating $600 million.°
  • Represented an acquirer of a national financial services company in which the two principal shareholders of seller received shares of stock in, and promissory notes of, the acquiring company.°
  • Represented a publicly held medical device company in connection with its initial public offering and a subsequent registered secondary public offering of common stock with aggregate offering proceeds of approximately $104 million.°

Part 2

  • Represented a publicly held medical device company in two publicly registered stock acquisitions through mergers of two publicly held manufacturers of pain management, rehabilitation, fitness and sports performance products with aggregate purchase prices of approximately $500 million, which involved the issuance of the client’s publicly registered securities.°
  • Represented a semiconductor manufacturer owned by private equity firms in the sale/spin-off of the client’s magnetic memory business into a newly-formed corporation in which the client received shares of common stock, and which was funded by venture capital and private equity firms in a Series A preferred stock financing by the new corporation in related transactions valued at $50 million.°
  • Represented an oil and gas company in connection with a reorganization transaction involving the assignment of more than $100 million in oil and gas assets.°
  • Represented a private equity fund of funds in connection with its evaluation of and investment in more than 20 private equity and hedge funds and certain direct investments.°

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