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
New Firm
Old Firm
Practice Area
City
Date Announced
Link
Mason MoteMcGuire WoodsWilliamsburg EnterprisesReal EstateHouston7/2/2020https://www.mcguirewoods.com/news/press-releases/2020/7/mason-mote-global-real-estate-practice-houston
Robert McCormickShackelfordWinsteadCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas7/2/2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
David LovellShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyDallas7/2/2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
David OdomShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyDallas7/2/2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
Ross RobinsonShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyFort Worth7/2/2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
Henry EhrlichShackelfordWinsteadIntellectual PropertyFort Worth7/2/2020https://shackelford.law/news/six-ip-professionals-join-shackelford-bowen-mckinley-norton-in-dallas-houston/
Vincent MorganBracewell Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw PittmanCommercial LitigationHouston7/8/2020https://bracewell.com/news/top-insurance-recovery-and-advisory-lawyer-vincent-e-morgan-joins-bracewell%E2%80%99s-litigation-team
James MuenkerDLA PiperNeligan Foley BankruptcyDallas7/13/2020https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/news/2020/07/james-muenker-joins-dla-pipers-restructuring-practice-in-dallas/
Omar AlanizReed SmithBaker BottsBankruptcyDallas7/29/2020https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2020/07/restructuring-and-bankruptcy-lawyer-omar-alaniz-joins-reed-smith-in-dallas
Christie NewkirkCarrington, Coleman, Sloman & BlumenthalDiamond McCarthyLabor and EmploymentDallas8/1/2020https://www.ccsb.com/christie-newkirk-and-chelsea-glover-join-carrington-coleman-employment-practice/
Stephen OlsonGibson, Dunn & CrutcherJones DayCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston8/3/2020https://www.gibsondunn.com/gibson-dunn-adds-private-equity-partner-stephen-olson-in-houston/
Scott NelsonHunton Andrews KurthSeyfarth ShawLabor and EmploymentHouston8/4/2020https://www.huntonak.com/en/news/hunton-strengthens-national-labor-and-employment-practice-hou-partner-scott-nelson.html
Kenneth BreitbeilFrost Brown ToddMcFall, Breitbeil & EidmanCommercial LitigationHouston8/11/2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Greg EidmanFrost Brown ToddMcFall, Breitbeil & EidmanCommercial LitigationHouston8/11/2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Courtney Gahm-OldhamFrost Brown ToddMcFall, Breitbeil & EidmanCommercial LitigationHouston8/11/2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Ken BullockFrost Brown ToddMunsch HardtCommercial LitigationHouston8/11/2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Brian Michael Cooper Frost Brown ToddHouston RoughnecksCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston8/11/2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Cleve GlennFrost Brown ToddLewis BrisboisCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston8/11/2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Patrick LaRueFrost Brown ToddLewis BrisboisCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston8/11/2020https://frostbrowntodd.com/frost-brown-todd-opens-houston-office/
Carl von MerzMayer BrownBracewellEnergy and InfrastructureHouston8/11/2020https://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
Steve BorgmanKilpatrick Townsend & StocktonVinson & ElkinsIntellectual PropertyHouston8/12/2020https://www.kilpatricktownsend.com/en/Insights/News/News-Release/2020/8/Kilpatrick-Townsends-Patent-Practice-Grows-in-Texas
James DonnellMcGuire WoodsBaker McKenzie BankruptcyHouston8/12/2020https://www.mcguirewoods.com/news/press-releases/2020/8/leading-restructuring-lawyer-james-donnell-joins-mcguirewoods
Jonathan NewtonKing & SpaldingBaker McKenzieCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston8/14/2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/ma-and-capital-markets-partner-jonathan-newton-joins-king-spalding-in-houston
Bart Biggers Sidley AustinWinsteadCorporate M&A SecuritiesDallas8/17/2020https://www.sidley.com/en/newslanding/newpressreleases/2020/08/airline-and-aviation-corporate-partner-bart-biggers-to-join-sidley-in-dallas
Virginia Mixon SwindellMunsch HardtJackson LewisLabor and EmploymentHouston8/19/2020https://www.munsch.com/Newsroom/Blogs/130605/Munsch-Hardt-Welcomes-Virginia-Mixon-Swindell-to-its-Houston-Office
Lloyd LimBalch & BinghamReed SmithBankruptcyHouston8/25/2020https://www.balch.com/news-and-events/news/2020/08/balch-welcomes-lloyd-lim-and-rachel-kubanda
Jerry HarrisBarnes & Thornburg Wick PhillipsIntellectual PropertyDallas8/25/2020https://btlaw.com/en/insights/news/2020/barnes-thornburg-welcomes-jerry-harris-as-intellectual-property-partner-in-dallas
Stephen MackNaman HowellWinsteadEnergy and InfrastructureAustin8/31/2020https://www.namanhowell.com/2020/August/Naman-Howell-Welcomes-Stephen-Mack.aspx
John MitchellKatten MuchinAkermanBankruptcyDallas9/1/2020https://katten.com/kattens-insolvency-practice-swells-as-bankruptcy-work-grows
David PetermanGray ReedPaul HastingsCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston9/2/2020https://www.grayreed.com/NewsResources/Press-Releases/186105/Gray-Reed-Adds-Three-Attorneys-to-its-Roster
Mabel SimpsonMunck WilsonSimpsonLaw GroupReal EstateDallas9/8/2020https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-mabel-simpson-and-the-simpsonlaw-group/
Shelley HickeyMunck WilsonSimpsonLaw GroupReal EstateDallas9/8/2020https://www.munckwilson.com/press_releases/munck-wilson-mandala-welcomes-mabel-simpson-and-the-simpsonlaw-group/
Conrad HesterAlston & BirdThompson & KnightCommercial LitigationFort Worth9/9/2020https://www.alston.com/en/insights/news/2020/09/alston-bird-opens-fort-worth-office
Robert VartabedianAlston & BirdThompson & KnightCommercial LitigationFort Worth9/9/2020https://www.alston.com/en/insights/news/2020/09/alston-bird-opens-fort-worth-office
Mitchell GriffithAlston & BirdThompson & KnightCorporate M&A SecuritiesFort Worth9/9/2020https://www.alston.com/en/insights/news/2020/09/alston-bird-opens-fort-worth-office
William StukenbergPorter HedgesJackson LewisLabor and EmploymentHouston9/9/2020https://www.porterhedges.com/newsroom-news-porter-hedges-expands-employment-practice-will-stukenberg
Kevin KeenanReed SmithHogan LovellsEnergy and InfrastructureHouston9/9/2020https://www.reedsmith.com/en/news/2020/09/prominent-shipping-lng-and-energy-partner-kevin-keenan-joins--reed-smiths
Taj ClaytonKirkland & EllisWinston & StrawnCommercial LitigationDallas9/14/2020https://www.kirkland.com/news/press-release/2020/09/kirkland-welcomes-litigator-taj-clayton
Heath TrisdaleKing & SpaldingBaker McKenzieCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston9/15/2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/king-spalding-adds-two-additional-corporate-partners-in-houston
Michael HamiltonKing & SpaldingBaker McKenzieCorporate M&A SecuritiesHouston9/15/2020https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/king-spalding-adds-two-additional-corporate-partners-in-houston
Jamil AlibhaiMunsch HardtMunck WilsonCommercial LitigationDallas9/16/2020https://www.munsch.com/Newsroom/Blogs/131509/Notable-Trial-Attorney-and-Intellectual-Property-Litigator-Joins-Munsch-Hardtrsquos-Dallas-Office
Michaela CrockerKatten MuchinJones DayBankruptcyDallas9/21/2020https://katten.com/kattens-busy-bankruptcy-practice-continues-to-draw-top-talent
Eric WinwoodSidley AustinBaker BottsEmployee BenefitsDallas9/21/2020https://www.sidley.com/en/newslanding/newpressreleases/2020/09/eric-winwood-noted-tax-employee-benefits-and-executive-compensation-lawyer-joins-sidley-in-dallas
Aaron KaufmanGray ReedDykemaBankruptcyDallas9/23/2020https://www.grayreed.com/NewsResources/Press-Releases/186105/Gray-Reed-Adds-Five-Attorneys-to-its-Roster