Apr 19, 2014 | Associates' Corner | 
By: Shelley Logan

Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or simply curious about the current market, you might opt to work with a recruiter to help you through the process. There are as many legal recruiters in the industry as there are law firms, and you might wonder what sets them all apart. Here’s a quick peek at the inner workings of Kinney Recruiting so you can decide if we’re the firm for you.

Experience counts. Most of our recruiters are attorneys who have big firm experience. All of our recruiters have significant recruiting backgrounds, deep client relationships and substantial knowledge concerning the legal markets they serve. We specialize in a wide range of attorney and professional legal staff placement services, including permanent, temp-to-perm, project and contract/hourly and other arrangements as the needs of our clients arise. We are also very well versed in the nuances of partner/shareholder placement and have unique expertise opening new offices for our law firm clients in markets across the globe.

Expertise matters. We are not and don’t want to be a one-size-fits-all recruiting firm. We focus on the industry we know. Our clients are a wide variety of law firms and corporations looking for top-notch legal talent. The depth of our experience and knowledge related to our clients and markets is absolutely unmatched. If you are an attorney, paralegal, office administrator or other professional whose work relates to the legal industry and you think we can help, we’d love to hear from you.

Our business is all about relationships. Our clients trust that we will find them the best candidates, and our candidates trust that we have their best interest at heart. A significant part of our client and candidate resources come from referrals. We are honest brokers of information and we always give what we think is the best advice, subordinating our own interests when they diverge. We also take a long-view on recruiting. Many of the candidates we place we have known for years. This is true on the hiring side, as well.

We are not a “resume farm.” We don’t send blast emails to our clients, selling them on non-existent candidates, just to drum up business. Likewise, we never spam a candidate’s resume into markets, hoping someone will bite. We work hand-in-hand with our clients and candidates on an individual basis to understand their needs, and we strive to ensure that when we make a placement, it is a good match for all involved.

We are small but mighty. With our team of recruiters, we have a wide reach that spans from the Pacific Northwest and California to Texas, New York and Asia. We are nothing if not flexible, we pride ourselves on being available and responsive and we do our absolute best to exceed the expectations of the folks we have the privilege to represent. The recruiters at Kinney Recruiting share information and client contact seamlessly across markets and often team up to give candidates the best representation possible. You rarely will find this kind of coordination at larger competitors where territorial restrictions and client ownership are operational realities.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out our open positions at www.kinneyrecruiting.com and we look forward to working with you!



Jackson Walker L.L.P. is pleased to welcome attorney Andrew Baumgardner. He joins the San Antonio office as a partner in the Real Estate group.

Mr. Baumgardner has experience representing sophisticated private and institutional parties, including regional developers, with respect to the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of all types of commercial properties. He joins Jackson Walker from Haynes and Boone, LLP. He previously served as the vice president and general counsel for a regional commercial real estate advisory firm, where he managed legal services for a real estate portfolio of retail, office, medical office, and land development projects. (more…)



Leading intellectual property (IP) law firm Harness Dickey opened the doors to its Dallas office today, establishing the firm’s first presence in a region experiencing significant economic growth. Principals Gerald T. Welch and Darin W. Deaver, along with associates Chris K. Miller, Christopher M. Cauble and Thomas E. Schiano, have joined Harness Dickey from Dentons to launch the new office.

A long-time Dallas-area resident, Welch brings with him more than 30 years of experience in patent prosecution, counseling and litigation in the electrical, telecommunications, life sciences and medical device industries for corporations in the U.S., Asia and Europe. (more…)



Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that Chad Mills is joining the firm as Partner in its Energy & Commodities Practice in Houston. Mills is a leading practitioner in structured energy transactions and related energy trading agreements, project infrastructure development, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions for clients including energy providers, developers, investors and underwriters in gas, electric power and oil. (more…)



Dentons announced today that Toni Weinstein, Donald A. Hammett Jr. and X. Lane Folsom have joined its Corporate Practice as partners. The integrated team they lead focuses on public securities and transactional matters, particularly in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and real estate investment and operating structures. They are resident in the Firm’s Dallas office.

With their arrival, Dentons continues the momentum of significant corporate and tax hires around the world who are able to support clients with complex corporate transactions. (more…)



Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today the arrival of Paul Pryzant as a partner in the firm’s Corporate department in Houston. Pryzant joins Seyfarth from Burleson LLP, where he was a partner at the energy law boutique from 2008.

For more than 30 years, Pryzant has advised clients in a wide range of mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and other corporate transactions. His practice includes securities, venture capital, executive compensation and commercial operating contracts. His mergers and acquisitions practice involves a wide range of industries including oilfield services, drilling, industrial services and products, healthcare, and software and technology. (more…)



King & Spalding has recruited John H. Barr, Jr., a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, energy and business litigation, as a partner in its intellectual property practice in the Houston office. Barr joins King & Spalding from Bracewell & Giuliani, where he was a partner and co-head of the intellectual property litigation practice. (more…)



Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome attorney Rob Lydick. He joins the Fort Worth office as a partner in the Corporate & Securities group. (more…)



Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome attorney Nick Spiliotis. He joins the Houston office as a partner in the Labor & Employment group. (more…)



Akin Gump advised the conflicts committee of the board of directors of Rose Rock Midstream, L.P.’s general partner in the partnership’s $325 million purchase of the remaining crude oil assets of SemGroup Corporation, which include the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline System and SemGroup’s 50 percent interest in the Glass Mountain Pipeline. (more…)



Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today that Lino Mendiola III has joined the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Commodities Practice Group as a partner in the Austin office. Prior to joining Sutherland, Mr. Mendiola was co-managing partner of the Austin office of Andrews Kurth LLP.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Lino to Sutherland as we continue to expand our leading energy and environmental practice with top-notch legal talent,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “Lino adds further depth and breadth to our practice, which is nationally recognized for bringing deep industry knowledge to energy regulation and litigation matters.” (more…)



Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Kimberlee S. Cagle as a partner in its Financial Industry Group (FIG). Her practice in the Houston office will focus on representing commercial banks, financial institutions, and borrowers in structuring, negotiating, and documenting financing transactions, with particular emphasis on financing transactions in the oil and gas industry (including upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, as well as energy services).

Prior to joining Reed Smith, Cagle was a partner in the Finance Practice at Burleson LLP, Houston. (more…)



Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to welcome Sabina Bramlett as a partner to its Taxation and Wealth Planning Practice. Bramlett will be based in the firm’s recently opened Dallas office.

Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Bramlett handles a wide array of estate planning, probate and transactional business planning matters. She regularly assists clients with drafting and implementation of wills, trusts and other entities to address objectives regarding the disposition and protection of assets while minimizing federal estate and gift tax exposure. (more…)