Highlights for the second quarter of 2019: partner moves on the rise after sluggish spring; Houston regaining attorney foothold following Dallas boom; Commercial Litigation movement remains active; and local Am Law firms continue losing talent to larger non-Texas-based and smaller Texas firms

THE SIREN SONG OF NATIONAL PRESTIGE

As we hit the halfway point on 2019, it’s clear the trend is continuing: Non-Texas-based firms are winning the race to snatch up local talent. In Q2 of this year, just 31% of partner moves went to a Texas-based firm. 

We’re seeing it firsthand with Aspire’s own clients — partners who are increasingly enticed by the perceived prestige of a national/international firm with a large footprint and a competitive M&A team to buoy the firm’s billings. This is a marked change from just a decade or so ago, when these same powerhouse firms had trouble earning trust among local talent and Texas businesses.    

Those who see the appeal of Texas-based law firms are typically bypassing the midsized firms for smaller, specialized operations. Of the 20 partner moves to Texas-based firms in the second quarter, only five were to Am Law 100 or 200 firms. Which leads us to believe we’ll see more of these middleweight Texas firms merge with national firms in the months and years to come.

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LIST OF PARTNER MOVES: Q2 OF 2019

Name
New Firm
Old Firm
Practice Area
City
Date Announced
Link
Ryan Beard AkermanMeyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.Intellectual PropertyAustin5/2/2019https://www.akerman.com/en/firm/newsroom/akerman-continues-growth-in-texas-with-partner-ryan-beard-in-austin.html
Ferdose al-TaieAkerman LLPDykemaWhite Collar Criminal DefenseDallas5/22/2019https://www.akerman.com/en/firm/newsroom/akerman-grows-national-litigation-bench-in-texas-with-former-federal-prosecutor-ferdose-al-taie.html
Matthew A. KapinosAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLPMcGuireWoods LLPEnergy and InfrastructureHouston5/30/2019https://www.akingump.com/en/news-insights/energy-partner-matthew-kapinos-joins-akin-gump-in-houston.html
Les ChambersBabst CallandChambers Law FirmEnergy and InfrastructureHouston6/5/2019http://www.babstcalland.com/news-article/babst-calland-opens-houston-office-merges-with-attorneys-from-the-chambers-law-firm-pllc/
Ryan ChambersBabst CallandChambers Law FirmEnergy and InfrastructureHouston6/5/2019http://www.babstcalland.com/news-article/babst-calland-opens-houston-office-merges-with-attorneys-from-the-chambers-law-firm-pllc/
Coleman AnglinBabst CallandChambers Law FirmEnergy and InfrastructureHouston6/5/2019http://www.babstcalland.com/news-article/babst-calland-opens-houston-office-merges-with-attorneys-from-the-chambers-law-firm-pllc/
Barbara Spudis de MarignyBaker Botts LLPOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPTaxHouston5/1/2019http://www.bakerbotts.com/news/2019/05/baker-botts-adds-award-winning-tax-partner-in-houston
Jason MyersBarnes & ThornburgHudson Advisors L.P.Corporate M&A SecuritiesDallas5/6/2019https://www.btlaw.com/en/insights/news/2019/barnes-thornburg-boosts-transactional-practice-with-addition-of-jason-myers-in-dallas
Cristopher FarrarBradley Arant Boult CummingsCokinos YoungEnergy and InfrastructureHouston4/22/2019https://www.bradley.com/insights/news/2019/04/cristopher-farrar-joins-houston-office-as-construction-partner
David RothBradley Arant Boult CummingsJones WalkerEnergy and InfrastructureHouston6/3/2019https://www.bradley.com/insights/news/2019/06/attorneys-david-roth-andrew-bell-and-phillip-morgan-join-bradleys-houston-office
Taylor AndersonCantey HangerMcAlister and GarciaCommercial LitigationDallas6/13/2019http://canteyhanger.com/news/taylor-anderson-joins-cantey-hanger-llp-as-partner/
Racy HaddadCoats RoseHaddad Legal GroupReal EstateAustin5/1/2019https://www.coatsrose.com/coats-rose-adds-racy-haddad-to-real-estate-practice-in-austin-office/
K. Randolph PeakDLA PiperPerkins Coie (Senior Counsel)Health CareDallas4/17/2019https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/news/2019/04/k-randolph-peak-joins-healthcare-sector-and-corporate-practice-in-dallas/
Larry WaksFoley GardereWilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & DickerCorporate M&A SecruritiesDallas4/22/2019https://www.foley.com/en/insights/news/2019/04/foley-gardere-adds-transactional-and-intellectual
William E. HammelFox RothschildConstangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLPLabor and EmploymentDallas5/20/2019https://www.leclairryan.com/news/xprNewsDetail.aspx?xpST=NewsDetail&news=1922
Kimberly SchlangerGibson, Dunn & CrutcherBaker BottsReal EstateHouston6/3/2019https://www.gibsondunn.com/gibson-dunn-adds-real-estate-partner-kimberly-schlanger-in-houston/
Wes StricklandHolland & KnightJackson WalkerEnvironmentalAustin5/22/2019https://www.hklaw.com/en/news/pressreleases/2019/05/water-industry-attorney-wes-strickland-joins-holland-knight-in-austin
Jeffery T. NoblesHusch BlackwellSmith Law GroupCommercial LitigationHouston5/20/2019https://www.huschblackwell.com/inthenews/jeff-nobles-joins-husch-blackwell-in-houston
Adam PlumbleyJackson WalkerK&L GatesCommercial LitigationFort Worth5/6/2019https://www.jw.com/news/joe-regan-adam-plumbley-join-trial-appellate-litigation-fort-worth/
Joseph ReganJackson WalkerK&L GatesCommercial LitigationFort Worth5/6/2019https://www.jw.com/news/joe-regan-adam-plumbley-join-trial-appellate-litigation-fort-worth/
Kirk TuckerJackson WalkerMayer BrownCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston5/13/2019https://www.jw.com/news/kirk-tucker-joins-corporate-securities-practice-houston/
Bryan BrownJones DayReed Smith LLPCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston5/1/2019https://www.jonesday.com/jones-day-adds-partners-bryan-brown-and-alfredo-ramos-to-houston-office-05-06-2019/
Alfredo RamosJones DayThompson & Knight LLPEnergy and InfrastructureHouston5/1/2019https://www.jonesday.com/jones-day-adds-partners-bryan-brown-and-alfredo-ramos-to-houston-office-05-06-2019/
Bart TurnerK&L GatesAndrews Myers, P.CEnergy and InfrastructureHouston4/22/2019http://www.klgates.com/kl-gates-adds-construction-and-infrastructure-partner-to-houston-office-04-22-2019/
Darren HarringtonKane Russell Coleman & LoganKey Harrington BarnesLabor and EmploymentDallas5/23/2019https://www.krcl.com/news/press-releases/krcl-adds-osha-employment-law-veteran-darren-s-harrington/
Charles GibbsKatten Muchin RosenmanAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLPBankruptcyDallas4/22/2019https://www.kattenlaw.com/kattens-dallas-office-draws-prominent-bankruptcy-partner-charles-gibbs-among-trio-of-new-attorneys
Kevin CadwellKelley DryeAkin GumpCommercial LitigationHouston4/22/2019https://www.kelleydrye.com/News-Events/News/Press-Releases/Kelley-Drye-Adds-Prominent-Technology-Team-to-Its
David ClontsKelley DryeAkin GumpIntellectual PropertyHouston4/22/2019https://www.kelleydrye.com/News-Events/News/Press-Releases/Kelley-Drye-Adds-Prominent-Technology-Team-to-Its
JAMES E.MCCLAINKelly HartPalmer & Manuel PLLCCorporate M&A SecuritiesFort Worth5/6/2019https://www.kellyhart.com/news/2591-james-mcclain-joins-kelly-hart
Janice DavisMorgan LewisBracewell LLPCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas5/9/2019https://www.morganlewis.com/news/morgan-lewis-adds-4-lawyers-in-dallas-including-2-veteran-partners
Robert SheederMorgan LewisBracewell LLPLabor and EmploymentDallas5/9/2019https://www.morganlewis.com/news/morgan-lewis-adds-4-lawyers-in-dallas-including-2-veteran-partners
Melanie OkonMunck Wilson MandalaOkon HannaganCommercial LitigationDallas6/4/2019https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-okon-hannagan-attorneys-and-staff/
Susan HannaganMunck Wilson MandalaOkon HannaganCommercial LitigationDallas6/4/2019https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-okon-hannagan-attorneys-and-staff/
Wade CloudMunck Wilson MundalaHiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urback, P.CIntellectual PropertyDallas5/20/2019https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-wade-cloud-boosts-video-game-and-esports-practice/
Miranda JonesPorter HedgesHeim, Payne & ChorushIntellectual PropertyHouston6/6/2019https://www.porterhedges.com/NewsPublications/News?find=205306
Alfred (Al) KyeReed SmithBracewell LLPBanking and FinanceDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
Keith AurzadaReed SmithBryan CaveBankruptcyDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
Michael CooleyReed SmithBryan CaveBankruptcyDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
Brian MitchellReed SmithBracewell LLPCommercial LitigationDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
Mark JohansenReed SmithPerkins CoieCommercial LitigationDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
I. Bobby MajumderReed SmithPerkins CoieCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
Lynwood (Lyn) ReinhardtReed SmithPerkins CoieCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
Ryan PrestonReed SmithPerkins CoieCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas5/13/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/reed-smith-opens-in-dallas-expanding-texas-footprint
Jorge GutierrezReed SmithNorton Rose FulbrightEnergy and InfrastructureDallas5/22/2019https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2019/05/rs-continues-dallas-push-with-addition-of-energy-partner-jorge-gutierrez
Jay BrownShackelfordWinsteadCommercial LitigationHouston6/5/2019https://shackelford.law/news/midsize-texas-firm-expands-in-lone-star-state-takes-7-from-winstead/
Stephen WedemeyerShackelfordWinsteadCommercial LitigationHouston6/5/2019https://shackelford.law/news/midsize-texas-firm-expands-in-lone-star-state-takes-7-from-winstead/
Bruce WilkinShackelfordWinsteadCommercial LitigationHouston6/5/2019https://shackelford.law/news/midsize-texas-firm-expands-in-lone-star-state-takes-7-from-winstead/
Hilary BorowShackelfordWinsteadCommercial LitigationHouston6/5/2019https://shackelford.law/news/midsize-texas-firm-expands-in-lone-star-state-takes-7-from-winstead/
Matthew FoytlinShackelfordWinsteadCommercial LitigationHouston6/5/2019https://shackelford.law/news/midsize-texas-firm-expands-in-lone-star-state-takes-7-from-winstead/
Amparo GuerraShackelfordWinsteadCommercial LitigationHouston6/5/2019https://shackelford.law/news/midsize-texas-firm-expands-in-lone-star-state-takes-7-from-winstead/
Luckey McDowellShearman SterlingBaker BottsBankruptcyHouston5/1/2019https://www.shearman.com/news-and-events/news/2019/05/shearman-and-sterling-adds-restructuring-partner-luckey-mcdowell-in-texas
Amanda CottrellSheppard MullinLocke Lord LLPCommercial LitigationDallas5/13/2019https://www.sheppardmullin.com/newsroom-pressreleases-562.html
Eric Van HornSpencer FaneMcCathernBankruptcyDallas4/8/2019https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-adds-experienced-partner-to-bankruptcy-practice-in-dallas/
Brian MemorySpencer FaneHusch BlackwellBanking and FinancePlano4/19/2019https://www.spencerfane.com/brian-memory-joins-spencer-fane-as-partner-in-plano-office/
Brad D'Amico Spencer FaneCantey HangerEnergy and InfrastructureDallas5/14/2019https://www.spencerfane.com/damico-joins-spencer-fane-energy-practice-as-partner-in-dallas/
Penny LinsenmayerTaylor EnglishPenny LinsenmayerCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston4/11/2019https://www.taylorenglish.com/newsroom-pressreleases-taylor-english-furthers-texas-presence-corporate-partner-penny-linsenmayer.html
Louis JenullThompson & KnightJones DayTaxHouston6/7/2019https://www.tklaw.com/news-insights/news/tk-partner-mentioned-in-texas-lawbook-on-joining-the-firm
Ryan HopkinsWhite & CaseLinde Engineering North America Inc. Energy and InfrastructureHouston4/11/2019https://www.whitecase.com/news/press-release/ryan-hopkins-joins-white-case-partner-houston
Bill ParishWhite & CaseOrrick HerringtonCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston4/22/2019https://www.whitecase.com/news/press-release/white-case-continues-grow-its-houston-office-two-new-partners
Rodrigo DominguezWhite & CaseOrrick HerringtonCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston4/22/2019https://www.whitecase.com/news/press-release/white-case-continues-grow-its-houston-office-two-new-partners
Jimmy ValleeWinston & StrawnPaul HastingsCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston4/4/2019https://www.winston.com/en/thought-leadership/index.html#!/en/thought-leadership/top-energy-dealmaker-jimmy-vallee-joins-winston-and-strawn-in-houston.html?aj=ov
Mark WerbnerWinston & StrawnSayles WerbnerCommercial LitigationDallas4/8/2019https://www.winston.com/en/thought-leadership/index.html#!/en/thought-leadership/trial-lawyer-mark-werbner-joins-winston-and-strawn-in-dallas.html?aj=ov
James NyeWinston & Strawn Baker & Hostetler LLPCommercial LitigationHouston6/6/2019https://www.winston.com/en/thought-leadership/index.html#!/en/thought-leadership/winston-and-strawn-welcomes-trial-lawyer-to-houston-energy-practice.html?aj=ov
Liz KlingensmithWomble Bond DickinsonBlank RomeCommercial LitigationHouston6/7/2019https://www.womblebonddickinson.com/us/insights/news/energy-attorney-klingensmith-joins-womble-bond-dickinson