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
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
Eric Van HornSpencer FaneMcCathernBankruptcyDallas4/8/2019https://www.spencerfane.com/spencer-fane-adds-experienced-partner-to-bankruptcy-practice-in-dallas/
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
Penny LinsenmayerTaylor EnglishPenny LinsenmayerCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston4/11/2019https://www.taylorenglish.com/newsroom-pressreleases-taylor-english-furthers-texas-presence-corporate-partner-penny-linsenmayer.html
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
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/
Brian MemorySpencer FaneHusch BlackwellBanking and FinancePlano4/19/2019https://www.spencerfane.com/brian-memory-joins-spencer-fane-as-partner-in-plano-office/
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
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
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/
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
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
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
Racy HaddadCoats RoseHaddad Legal GroupReal EstateAustin5/1/2019https://www.coatsrose.com/coats-rose-adds-racy-haddad-to-real-estate-practice-in-austin-office/
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/
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
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
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
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/
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
Kirk TuckerJackson WalkerMayer BrownCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston5/13/2019https://www.jw.com/news/kirk-tucker-joins-corporate-securities-practice-houston/
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
Amanda CottrellSheppard MullinLocke Lord LLPCommercial LitigationDallas5/13/2019https://www.sheppardmullin.com/newsroom-pressreleases-562.html
Brad D'Amico Spencer FaneCantey HangerEnergy and InfrastructureDallas5/14/2019https://www.spencerfane.com/damico-joins-spencer-fane-energy-practice-as-partner-in-dallas/
William E. HammelFox RothschildConstangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLPLabor and EmploymentDallas5/20/2019https://www.leclairryan.com/news/xprNewsDetail.aspx?xpST=NewsDetail&news=1922
Jeffery T. NoblesHusch BlackwellSmith Law GroupCommercial LitigationHouston5/20/2019https://www.huschblackwell.com/inthenews/jeff-nobles-joins-husch-blackwell-in-houston
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/
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
Wes StricklandHolland & KnightJackson WalkerEnvironmentalAustin5/22/2019https://www.hklaw.com/en/news/pressreleases/2019/05/water-industry-attorney-wes-strickland-joins-holland-knight-in-austin
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
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/
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
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
Kimberly SchlangerGibson, Dunn & CrutcherBaker BottsReal EstateHouston6/3/2019https://www.gibsondunn.com/gibson-dunn-adds-real-estate-partner-kimberly-schlanger-in-houston/
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/
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/
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/
Miranda JonesPorter HedgesHeim, Payne & ChorushIntellectual PropertyHouston6/6/2019https://www.porterhedges.com/NewsPublications/News?find=205306
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
Louis JenullThompson & KnightJones DayTaxHouston6/7/2019https://www.tklaw.com/news-insights/news/tk-partner-mentioned-in-texas-lawbook-on-joining-the-firm
Liz KlingensmithWomble Bond DickinsonBlank RomeCommercial LitigationHouston6/7/2019https://www.womblebonddickinson.com/us/insights/news/energy-attorney-klingensmith-joins-womble-bond-dickinson
Taylor AndersonCantey HangerMcAlister and GarciaCommercial LitigationDallas6/13/2019http://canteyhanger.com/news/taylor-anderson-joins-cantey-hanger-llp-as-partner/