Highlights for the third quarter of 2020: non-Texas-based firms pick up the pace; pandemic not really reflected in practice area hires; Houston making noise with office opening; comparing year-over-year shows bullish Texas market

STILL BULLISH ON TEXAS

This pandemic has been anything but predictable, cutting deeply into some industries and communities while leaving others relatively unscathed. And it has been easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day, week-to-week. 

But we were surprised when we took a big step back to look at the partner move numbers, not just for the past few months, but for this year, last year and the year before.  

After this quarter, 2020 is only trailing 2019 by less than 5% in the number of partner moves.

As you may recall, Texas firms actually had a phenomenal start to this year with Q1 far outpacing the same time in 2019 and 2018. May and July expectedly saw sharp declines following increased spread of COVID-19 throughout the state. But August and September rallied, once again outpacing the previous two years.

Judging by these numbers, this quarter’s two robust office openings in Houston (Frost Brown Todd) and Fort Worth (Alston Bird) and the increase in hiring among new-to-Texas firms, it seems both native and non-native firms are showing their commitment to Texas and their faith in our ability to weather the storm. Or storms, as the case may be.

We look forward to the coming quarter and are hopeful Texas practices and industries will remain resilient and forward-looking. 

To see the complete newsletter, with data and analysis for this quarter, click the button below. 

LIST OF PARTNER MOVES: Q3 OF 2020

Name
Practice Area
Old Firm
New Firm
City
Date Announced
Link
Conrad HesterAlston & BirdThompson & KnightCommercial LitigationFort Worth09-09-2020https://www.alston.com/en/insights/news/2020/09/alston-bird-opens-fort-worth-office
Robert VartabedianAlston & BirdThompson & KnightCommercial LitigationFort Worth09-09-2020https://www.alston.com/en/insights/news/2020/09/alston-bird-opens-fort-worth-office
Mitchell GriffithAlston & BirdThompson & KnightCorporate M&A SecuritiesFort Worth09-09-2020https://www.alston.com/en/insights/news/2020/09/alston-bird-opens-fort-worth-office
Lloyd LimBalch & BinghamReed SmithBankruptcyHouston08-25-2020https://www.balch.com/news-and-events/news/2020/08/balch-welcomes-lloyd-lim-and-rachel-kubanda
Jerry HarrisBarnes & Thornburg Wick PhillipsIntellectual PropertyDallas08-25-2020https://btlaw.com/en/insights/news/2020/barnes-thornburg-welcomes-jerry-harris-as-intellectual-property-partner-in-dallas
Vincent MorganBracewell Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw PittmanCommercial LitigationHouston07-08-2020https://bracewell.com/news/top-insurance-recovery-and-advisory-lawyer-vincent-e-morgan-joins-bracewell%E2%80%99s-litigation-team
Christie NewkirkCarrington, Coleman, Sloman & BlumenthalDiamond McCarthyLabor and EmploymentDallas08-01-2020https://www.ccsb.com/christie-newkirk-and-chelsea-glover-join-carrington-coleman-employment-practice/
James MuenkerDLA PiperNeligan Foley BankruptcyDallas07-13-2020https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/news/2020/07/james-muenker-joins-dla-pipers-restructuring-practice-in-dallas/
Kenneth BreitbeilFrost Brown ToddMcFall, Breitbeil & EidmanCommercial LitigationHouston08-11-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Greg EidmanFrost Brown ToddMcFall, Breitbeil & EidmanCommercial LitigationHouston08-11-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Courtney Gahm-OldhamFrost Brown ToddMcFall, Breitbeil & EidmanCommercial LitigationHouston08-11-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Ken BullockFrost Brown ToddMunsch HardtCommercial LitigationHouston08-11-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Brian Michael Cooper Frost Brown ToddHouston RoughnecksCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston08-11-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Cleve GlennFrost Brown ToddLewis BrisboisCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston08-11-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Patrick LaRueFrost Brown ToddLewis BrisboisCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston08-11-2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Stephen OlsonGibson, Dunn & CrutcherJones DayCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston08-03-2020https://www.gibsondunn.com/gibson-dunn-adds-private-equity-partner-stephen-olson-in-houston/
Aaron KaufmanGray ReedDykemaBankruptcyDallas09-23-2020https://www.grayreed.com/NewsResources/Press-Releases/186105/Gray-Reed-Adds-Five-Attorneys-to-its-Roster
David PetermanGray ReedPaul HastingsCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston09-02-2020https://www.grayreed.com/NewsResources/Press-Releases/186105/Gray-Reed-Adds-Three-Attorneys-to-its-Roster
Scott NelsonHunton Andrews KurthSeyfarth ShawLabor and EmploymentHouston08-04-2020https://www.huntonak.com/en/news/hunton-strengthens-national-labor-and-employment-practice-hou-partner-scott-nelson.html
John MitchellKatten MuchinAkermanBankruptcyDallas09-01-2020https://katten.com/kattens-insolvency-practice-swells-as-bankruptcy-work-grows
Michaela CrockerKatten MuchinJones DayBankruptcyDallas09-21-2020https://katten.com/kattens-busy-bankruptcy-practice-continues-to-draw-top-talent
Steve BorgmanKilpatrick Townsend & StocktonVinson & ElkinsIntellectual PropertyHouston08-12-2020https://www.kilpatricktownsend.com/en/Insights/News/News-Release/2020/8/Kilpatrick-Townsends-Patent-Practice-Grows-in-Texas
Jonathan NewtonKing & SpaldingBaker McKenzieCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston08-14-2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/ma-and-capital-markets-partner-jonathan-newton-joins-king-spalding-in-houston
Heath TrisdaleKing & SpaldingBaker McKenzieCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston09-15-2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/king-spalding-adds-two-additional-corporate-partners-in-houston
Michael HamiltonKing & SpaldingBaker McKenzieCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston09-15-2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/king-spalding-adds-two-additional-corporate-partners-in-houston
Taj ClaytonKirkland & EllisWinston & StrawnCommercial LitigationDallas09-14-2020https://www.kirkland.com/news/press-release/2020/09/kirkland-welcomes-litigator-taj-clayton
Carl von MerzMayer BrownBracewellEnergy and InfrastructureHouston08-11-2020https://www.mayerbrown.com/en/news/2020/08/mayer-brown-adds-carl-von-merz-as-partner-and-head-of-us-upstream-oil-gas-group-in-firm-growing-houston-office
James DonnellMcGuire WoodsBaker McKenzie BankruptcyHouston08-12-2020https://www.mcguirewoods.com/news/press-releases/2020/8/leading-restructuring-lawyer-james-donnell-joins-mcguirewoods
Mason MoteMcGuire WoodsWilliamsburg EnterprisesReal EstateHouston07-02-2020https://www.mcguirewoods.com/news/press-releases/2020/7/mason-mote-global-real-estate-practice-houston
Mabel SimpsonMunck WilsonSimpsonLaw GroupReal EstateDallas09-08-2020https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-mabel-simpson-and-the-simpsonlaw-group/
Shelley HickeyMunck WilsonSimpsonLaw GroupReal EstateDallas09-08-2020https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-mabel-simpson-and-the-simpsonlaw-group/
Virginia Mixon SwindellMunsch HardtJackson LewisLabor and EmploymentHouston08-19-2020https://www.munsch.com/Newsroom/Blogs/130605/Munsch-Hardt-Welcomes-Virginia-Mixon-Swindell-to-its-Houston-Office
Jamil AlibhaiMunsch HardtMunck WilsonCommercial LitigationDallas09-16-2020https://www.munsch.com/Newsroom/Blogs/131509/Notable-Trial-Attorney-and-Intellectual-Property-Litigator-Joins-Munsch-Hardtrsquos-Dallas-Office
Stephen MackNaman HowellWinsteadEnergy and InfrastructureAustin08-31-2020https://www.namanhowell.com/2020/August/Naman-Howell-Welcomes-Stephen-Mack.aspx
William StukenbergPorter HedgesJackson LewisLabor and EmploymentHouston09-09-2020https://www.porterhedges.com/newsroom-news-porter-hedges-expands-employment-practice-will-stukenberg
Omar AlanizReed SmithBaker BottsBankruptcyDallas07-29-2020https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2020/07/restructuring-and-bankruptcy-lawyer-omar-alaniz-joins-reed-smith-in-dallas
Kevin KeenanReed SmithHogan LovellsEnergy and InfrastructureHouston09-09-2020https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2020/09/prominent-shipping-lng-and-energy-partner-kevin-keenan-joins--reed-smiths
Robert McCormickShackelfordWinsteadCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas07-02-2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
David LovellShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyDallas07-02-2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
David OdomShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyDallas07-02-2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
Ross RobinsonShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyFort Worth07-02-2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
Henry EhrlichShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyFort Worth07-02-2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
Bart Biggers Sidley AustinWinsteadCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas08-17-2020https://www.sidley.com/en/newslanding/newpressreleases/2020/08/airline-and-aviation-corporate-partner-bart-biggers-to-join-sidley-in-dallas
Eric WinwoodSidley AustinBaker BottsEmployee BenefitsDallas09-21-2020https://www.sidley.com/en/newslanding/newpressreleases/2020/09/eric-winwood-noted-tax-employee-benefits-and-executive-compensation-lawyer-joins-sidley-in-dallas