Highlights for the first quarter of 2020: huge start to Q1 outpacing 2019 and 2018; more M&A partner moves than all of last year; Dallas keeps hot streak with new office openings; now isn’t the time for “wait-and-see”

Why “Wait and See” is the Wrong Move Right Now

We certainly understand, in this very uncertain time, why firms would be inclined to put everything on hold and wait to see how things shake out post-COVID-19 shutdown. 

But those that have a strategic plan in place, that can move forward in some way right now, are more likely to outpace those that opt to freeze in place. As noted earlier in this newsletter, there were a stunning 32 partner moves in March, more than half of which occurred after much of the state enacted work-from-home measures. And nine of those late-March moves were hard-to-get M&A attorneys. 

Clearly some firms are still building up their benches — those whose organizational structure, technology infrastructure, culture and finances have allowed for quick adaptation. Prudent action now could mean the difference between losing valuable talent that stymies recovery, or strengthening your talent pool to help keep business thriving.

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LIST OF PARTNER MOVES: Q1 OF 2020

Name
New Firm
Old Firm
Practice Area
City
Date Announced
Link
Cary FarrisAkermanWinsteadLabor and EmploymentHouston03-02-2020https://www.akerman.com/en/firm/newsroom/akerman-grows-texas-presence-with-labor-and-employment-litigators-cary-farris-and-john-linker.html
John LinkerAkermanWinsteadLabor and EmploymentHouston03-02-2020https://www.akerman.com/en/firm/newsroom/akerman-grows-texas-presence-with-labor-and-employment-litigators-cary-farris-and-john-linker.html
Eric WilliamsAkin GumpHaynes and BooneCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-16-2020https://www.akingump.com/en/news-insights/akin-gump-grows-dallas-corporate-team-with-addition-of-transactional-focused-partner-duo.html
Ryan CoxAkin GumpHaynes and BooneCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-16-2020https://www.akingump.com/en/news-insights/akin-gump-grows-dallas-corporate-team-with-addition-of-transactional-focused-partner-duo.html
Gaye LentzBaker BottsThompson & KnightEnergy and InfrastructureAustin01-22-2020https://www.bakerbotts.com/news/2020/01/baker-botts-adds-renowned-oil-and-gas-transactional-lawyer-in-austin
L. David AndersonBakerHostetlerWick PhillipsCommercial LitigationDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
Tamara D. BaggettBakerHostetlerBarnes & ThornburgCommercial LitigationDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
Jordan T. BetheaBakerHostetlerWick PhillipsCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
Patrick H. Rose IVBakerHostetlerWick PhillipsCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
Robert A. SchroederBakerHostetlerWick PhillipsCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
Ryan D. GorscheBakerHostetlerKirkland & EllisCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
Todd J. ThorsonBakerHostetlerWinston & StrawnCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
Matt HunsakerBakerHostetlerBaker BottsTaxDallas03-25-2020https://www.bakerlaw.com/press/bakerhostetler-confirms-commitment-to-serving-clients-in-texas-with-opening-of-dallas-office
David BowsherBalch & BinghamAdams and ReeseCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston01-31-2020https://www.balch.com/news-and-events/news/2020/01/balch-opens-houston-office
Philip DunlapBalch & BinghamBoyarMillerCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston01-31-2020https://www.balch.com/news-and-events/news/2020/01/balch-opens-houston-office
Derek J. AnchondoBalch & BinghamHFWEnergy and InfrastructureHouston02-25-2020https://www.balch.com/news-and-events/news/2020/02/balch-continues-expansion-in-tx-derek-anchondo
Bruce HendrickCarrington ColemanThe Hendrick FirmCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas01-01-2020https://www.ccsb.com/carrington-coleman-building-upon-middle-market-expertise/
George LeeCarrington ColemanPolsinelliCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas01-01-2020https://www.ccsb.com/carrington-coleman-building-upon-middle-market-expertise/
Robert BabcockClark HillGSAGovernment Relations/Government ContractsDallas01-07-2020https://www.clarkhill.com/press/former-gsa-regional-administrator-robert-babcock-joins-clark-hill-in-government-regulatory-affairs-practice-in-dallas
Ryan M. T. AllenCoats RoseFerguson Braswell Fraser KubastaCommercial Litigation Dallas03-17-2020https://www.coatsrose.com/two-litigators-join-dallas-office/
Kim AskewDLA PiperK&L GatesLabor and EmploymentDallas01-21-2020https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/news/2020/01/kim-askew-joins-dla-pipers-employment-practice-in-dallas/
Denise L. MayfieldDykemaHusch BlackwellIntellectual PropertyAustin02-05-2020https://www.dykema.com/news-press-ip-attorney-denise-mayfield-joins-dykemas-austin-office_020520.html
Gary SolomonFoley & LardnerDentonsIntellectual propertyDallas03-02-2020https://www.foley.com/en/insights/news/2020/03/foley-deepens-ip-electronics-bench-dc-dallas
T. Ray GuyFrost Brown ToddWeil, Gotshal & MangesCommercial LitigationDallas01-07-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/t-ray-guy-joins-frost-brown-todds-dallas-office/
Fred Gaona IIIFrost Brown ToddGray ReedLabor and EmploymentDallas02-04-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/labor-and-employment-member-fred-gaona-joins-frost-brown-todd/
Charles WalkerGibson, Dunn & CrutcherOrrick, Herrington & SutcliffeCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston02-03-2020https://www.gibsondunn.com/corporate-partners-ed-batts-and-charles-walker-join-gibson-dunn/
Amy LottGray ReedCarrington, Coleman, Sloman & BlumenthalCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas02-03-2020https://www.grayreed.com/NewsResources/Press-Releases/176008/Gray-Reed-Adds-MA-Partner-in-Dallas
Philip JordanGray ReedCrossing Rocks Energy IIEnergy and InfrastructureDallas01-20-2020https://www.grayreed.com/NewsResources/Press-Releases/173802/Gray-Reed-Adds-Partner-to-Oil-Gas-Practice
Paul D. MoakGray ReedMcKool SmithBankruptcyHouston01-06-2020https://www.grayreed.com/NewsResources/Press-Releases/172704/Gray-Reed-Welcomes-Corporate-Restructuring-Bankruptcy-Partner-in-Houston
John Thomas HollandGreenberg TraurigAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & FeldCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas01-09-2020https://www.gtlaw.com/en/news/2020/1/press-releases/greenberg-traurig-continues-strategic-growth-of-corporate-practice-adds-john-holland-in-dallas
Jim MarkusHaynes and BooneVinson & ElkinsBanking and FinanceDallas02-19-2020https://www.haynesboone.com/press-releases/jim-markus-and-tim-johnston-join-haynes-and-boone
Tim JohnstonHaynes and BooneVinson & ElkinsBanking and FinanceDallas02-19-2020https://www.haynesboone.com/press-releases/jim-markus-and-tim-johnston-join-haynes-and-boone
Eliot BurrissHolland & KnightMcDermott Will & EmeryCommercial LitigationDallas02-20-2020https://www.hklaw.com/en/news/pressreleases/2020/02/holland-knight-propels-national-expansion
Jeffrey HarveyHolland & KnightPrimeSource Building Products Inc.Corporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-05-2020https://www.hklaw.com/en/news/pressreleases/2020/03/holland-adds-former-in-house-gc-jeffrey-harvey
Denise MudigereHolland & KnightMcDermott Will & EmeryTaxDallas03-23-2020https://www.hklaw.com/en/news/pressreleases/2020/03/tax-controversy-partner-denise-mudigere-joins-holland-and--knight
Justo MendezHolland & KnightClark HillHealth CareHouston02-20-2020https://www.hklaw.com/en/news/pressreleases/2020/02/holland-knight-propels-national-expansion
Samuel LouisHolland & KnightClark HillWhite Collar Criminal DefenseHouston02-20-2020https://www.hklaw.com/en/news/pressreleases/2020/02/holland-knight-propels-national-expansion
Joe FlackJackson WalkerLaw offices of Joe F. Flack, Jr.Energy and InfrastructureHouston01-28-2020https://www.jw.com/news/jackson-walker-new-partners-january-2020/
David ParkerJackson WalkerGreenberg TraurigReal EstateHouston01-28-2020https://www.jw.com/news/jackson-walker-new-partners-january-2020/
John WittenbergJackson WalkerFrost BankBanking and FinanceSan Antonio01-28-2020https://www.jw.com/news/jackson-walker-new-partners-january-2020/
Richard D. SalgadoJones DayDentonsCommercial LitigationDallas02-01-2020https://www.jonesday.com/en/news/2020/02/richard-salgado-returns-to-jones-day
Steven ZagerKing & SpaldingAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & FeldCommercial LitigationAustin01-09-2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/king-spalding-adds-noted-trial-lawyer-steven-zager-to-austin-office
Ingrid A. MyersKing & SpaldingMorgan LewisEnergy and InfrastructureHouston02-13-2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/king-spalding-recruits-construction-partner-ingrid-myers-to-its-corporate-finance-and-investments-practice
Rob FowlerKirkland & Ellis Baker BottsEmployee BenefitsHouston01-06-2020https://www.kirkland.com/news/press-release/2020/01/executive-compensation-attorney-rob-fowler-joins
Stephen JacobsonKirkland & Ellis Vinson & ElkinsEmployee BenefitsHouston03-02-2020https://www.kirkland.com/news/press-release/2020/03/exec-comp-stephen-jacobson-joins-kirkland-houston
Justin StolteLatham & WatkinsGibson DunnCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston02-10-2020https://www.lw.com/news/prominent-partner-rejoins-houston
Philip LauMayer BrownLocke LordEnergy and InfrastructureHouston01-31-2020https://www.mayerbrown.com/en/news/2020/01/mayer-brown-fuels-energy-capabilities-with-addition-of-partner-philip-lau-in-houston
Dale SmithMayer BrownBracewellEnergy and InfrastructureHouston03-16-2020https://www.mayerbrown.com/en/news/2020/03/mayer-brown-strengthens-energy-capabilities-with-addition-of-partner-dale-smith-in-houston
Al AxeMcGinnis LochridgeWinsteadEnvironmentalAustin01-27-2020http://www.mcginnislochridge.com/news/post/mcginnis-lochridge-continues-growth-with-addition-of-5-environmental-attorneys-from-winstead
Derek SealMcGinnis LochridgeWinsteadEnvironmentalAustin01-27-2020http://www.mcginnislochridge.com/news/post/mcginnis-lochridge-continues-growth-with-addition-of-5-environmental-attorneys-from-winstead
Keith CourtenyMcGinnis LochridgeWinsteadEnvironmentalAustin01-27-2020http://www.mcginnislochridge.com/news/post/mcginnis-lochridge-continues-growth-with-addition-of-5-environmental-attorneys-from-winstead
Lisa DyarMcGinnis LochridgeWinsteadEnvironmentalAustin01-27-2020http://www.mcginnislochridge.com/news/post/mcginnis-lochridge-continues-growth-with-addition-of-5-environmental-attorneys-from-winstead
Douglas J. PaulMcGinnis LochridgeThe Blum FirmTrusts and EstatesAustin01-02-2020http://www.mcginnislochridge.com/news/post/mcginnis-lochridge-welcomes-douglas-j.-paul-and-emily-r.-franco
Richard ResslerMichael BestRWR LegalCorporate M&A SecuritiesAustin02-26-2020https://www.michaelbest.com/Newsroom/230638/Jumping-into-Hot-Startup-Market-Michael-Best-Absorbs-Austin-Boutique
Shari Wynne ResslerMichael BestRWR LegalCorporate M&A SecuritiesAustin02-26-2020https://www.michaelbest.com/Newsroom/230638/Jumping-into-Hot-Startup-Market-Michael-Best-Absorbs-Austin-Boutique
Robert LinkinMunck Wilson MandalaDuggins Wren Mann & RomeroSecurities Litigation and EnforcementAustin03-17-2020https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-litigation-partner-robert-linkin/
Christina Ponig MaccioOrrickDLA PiperCommercial LitigationHouston02-13-2020https://www.orrick.com/en/News/2020/02/Orrick-Adds-First-Chair-Litigator-Christina-Maccio-in-Houston
M. Craig TylerPerkins CoieVinson & ElkinsCommercial LitigationAustin02-13-2020https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/news-insights/perkins-coie-announces-new-office-in-austin.html
Andrew SmetanaPerkins CoieVinson & ElkinsCorporate M&A SecuritiesAustin02-13-2020https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/news-insights/perkins-coie-announces-new-office-in-austin.html
Zubin KhambattaPerkins CoieHusch BlackwellHealth CareAustin03-03-2020https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/news-insights/perkins-coie-adds-healthcare-partner-zubin-khambatta-to-austin-office.html
Jose VillarrealPerkins CoieWilson SonsiniIntellectual PropertyAustin02-13-2020https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/news-insights/perkins-coie-announces-new-office-in-austin.html
Marc D. CabreraPolsinelliLocke Lord Commercial LitigationDallas03-02-2020https://www.polsinelli.com/newsevents/polsinelli-grows-financial-services-litigation
Derek V. ForinashPorter HedgesW.D. Von Gonten LaboratoriesIntellectual PropertyHouston03-16-2020https://www.porterhedges.com/newsroom-news-porter-hedges-welcomes-back-derek-forinash
Laura AlanizPorter HedgesThompson, Coe, Cousins & IronsLabor and EmploymentHouston03-11-2020https://www.porterhedges.com/newsroom-news-porter-hedges-expands-employment-practice-with-new
Nigel StarkReed SmithK&L GatesCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas02-20-2020https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2020/02/reed-smith-continues-to-grow-dallas-office-with-addition-of-nigel-stark
Nicolas BordaReed SmithHaynes and BooneEnergy and InfrastructureHouston01-09-2020https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2020/01/crossborder-energy-transactions-lawyer-nicolas-borda-joins-reed-smith
Alain DermarkarShearman & SterlingJones DayCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas02-10-2020https://www.shearman.com/news-and-events/news/2020/02/shearman-expands-in-texas-with-new-dallas-office
Robert CardoneShearman & SterlingJones DayCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas02-10-2020https://www.shearman.com/news-and-events/news/2020/02/shearman-expands-in-texas-with-new-dallas-office
Scott CohenShearman & SterlingJones DayCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas02-10-2020https://www.shearman.com/news-and-events/news/2020/02/shearman-expands-in-texas-with-new-dallas-office
Ann Marie CowdreyShearman & SterlingThompson & KnightCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-10-2020https://www.shearman.com/news-and-events/news/2020/03/shearman-and-sterling-welcomes-ann-marie-cowdrey-and-nathan-meredith-to-dallas-office
Nathan MeredithShearman & SterlingThompson & KnightCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas03-10-2020https://www.shearman.com/news-and-events/news/2020/03/shearman-and-sterling-welcomes-ann-marie-cowdrey-and-nathan-meredith-to-dallas-office
Cheryl BurtzelSpencer FaneDuggins Wren Mann & RomeroPrivacy & Data SecurityAustin03-05-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-expands-reach-in-texas-with-opening-of-austin-office/
Sean McKennaSpencer FaneLaw Office of Sean McKennaHealth CareDallas02-11-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-adds-partner-in-dallas-with-strong-government-background/
Sonja McGillSpencer FaneBell Nunnally & MartinLabor and EmploymentDallas03-30-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-welcomes-sonja-mcgill-as-a-partner-in-firms-dallas-labor-employment-practice/
Brian ZavislakSpencer FaneGallagher & KennedyReal EstateDallas01-13-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-strengthens-real-estate-practice-with-addition-of-two-laterals/
E. Dale BurrusSpencer FaneKroger Burrus NelsonHealth CareHouston01-22-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-again-expands-houston-office-with-addition-of-7-attorneys/
Lauren M. NelsonSpencer FaneKroger Burrus NelsonHealth CareHouston01-22-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-again-expands-houston-office-with-addition-of-7-attorneys/
DeAndrea C. WashingtonSpencer FaneJackson LewisLabor and EmploymentHouston01-22-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-again-expands-houston-office-with-addition-of-7-attorneys/
Ruthie WhiteSpencer FaneJackson LewisLabor and EmploymentHouston01-22-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-again-expands-houston-office-with-addition-of-7-attorneys/
Jason DavisSpencer FaneCrain Caton & JamesReal EstateHouston02-04-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-names-davis-partner-in-houston-office/
James DrakeleySpencer FaneHiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & UrbachCommercial LitigationPlano01-02-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-welcomes-9-new-attorneys-in-dallas-metroplex/
Scott SeifertSpencer FaneHiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & UrbachCommercial LitigationPlano01-02-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-welcomes-9-new-attorneys-in-dallas-metroplex/
James PattersonSpencer FaneHiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & UrbachCorporate M&A SecuritiesPlano01-02-2020https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-welcomes-9-new-attorneys-in-dallas-metroplex/
Douglas E. StewartThompson & KnightWinsteadReal EstateHouston01-27-2020https://www.tklaw.com/news-insights/news/thompson-knight-expands-real-estate-practice-group-with-two-partners
Katharine Battaia ClarkThompson CoburnHedrick KringBankruptcyDallas03-03-2020https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/news-events/news/2020-03-03/national-law-firm-thompson-coburn-lands-four-heavy-hitters-in-new-dallas-office
Elizabeth MyersThompson CoburnThompson & KnightCommercial LitigationDallas03-03-2020https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/news-events/news/2020-03-03/national-law-firm-thompson-coburn-lands-four-heavy-hitters-in-new-dallas-office
Jennifer EcklundThompson CoburnThompson & KnightCommercial LitigationDallas03-03-2020https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/news-events/news/2020-03-03/national-law-firm-thompson-coburn-lands-four-heavy-hitters-in-new-dallas-office
Nicole WilliamsThompson CoburnThompson & KnightCommercial LitigationDallas03-03-2020https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/news-events/news/2020-03-03/national-law-firm-thompson-coburn-lands-four-heavy-hitters-in-new-dallas-office
Lance MetcalfWhitaker ChalkMetcalf Adair Law FirmCorporate M&A SecuritiesFort Worth02-17-2020https://www.whitakerchalk.com/lance-b-metcalf-jd-mba-cpa-joins-whitaker-chalk/
Emery ChoiWhite & Case Vinson & ElkinsCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston02-18-2020https://www.whitecase.com/news/press-release/white-case-continues-expand-its-houston-office-two-new-partners
Mingda ZhaoWhite & Case Vinson & ElkinsCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston02-18-2020https://www.whitecase.com/news/press-release/white-case-continues-expand-its-houston-office-two-new-partners
Corinne SmithWinsteadClark HillHealth CareAustin02-13-2020https://www.winstead.com/News/Firm-News/343410/Winstead-Bolsters-Healthcare-Industry-Group-by-Adding-Four-Seasoned-Attorneys-in-Austin-Office
Kevin WoodWinsteadClark HillHealth CareAustin02-13-2020https://www.winstead.com/News/Firm-News/343410/Winstead-Bolsters-Healthcare-Industry-Group-by-Adding-Four-Seasoned-Attorneys-in-Austin-Office
Michael T. MurphyWinston & StrawnK&L GatesCommercial LitigationHouston03-03-2020https://www.winston.com/en/thought-leadership/index.html#!/en/thought-leadership/texas-lawyer-profiles-new-houston-partner-michael-murphy.html?aj=ov
Eric JohnsonWinston & StrawnLocke LordCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston01-24-2020https://www.winston.com/en/thought-leadership/index.html#!/en/thought-leadership/winston-adds-leading-energy-capital-markets-and-manda-team-in-houston-to-expand-corporate-practice.html?aj=ov
Michael BlankenshipWinston & StrawnLocke LordCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston01-24-2020https://www.winston.com/en/thought-leadership/index.html#!/en/thought-leadership/winston-adds-leading-energy-capital-markets-and-manda-team-in-houston-to-expand-corporate-practice.html?aj=ov
James MarrowWright Close & BargerHogan & HoganCommercial LitigationHouston02-07-2020http://www.wrightclosebarger.com/our-news/three-new-attorneys-wright-close-barger/