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!



Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP announced today that nine trial lawyers, with diverse civil litigation backgrounds, will join the firm’s Houston office. The attorneys will start at the firm on January 5. Their arrival continues the firm’s expansion in Houston and strengthens Vorys nationally recognized litigation and energy groups. (more…)



The Firm represented J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., as the underwriters, in connection with a public offering of 2,523,128 shares of common stock of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (“TCBI”). The offering closed on November 18, 2014. Proceeds will be used to provide capital support for the growth of Texas Capital Bank and for other general corporate purposes. (more…)



Norman R. Miller joins the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in its Corporate and Securities Practice. Miller will maintain offices in Houston and Dallas. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Miller was a partner at Winstead.

“I am very pleased to welcome Norman Miller to Greenberg Traurig. With his strong corporate securities background, Norman will be a real asset to our corporate practice in Texas,” said Douglas C. Atnipp, Greenberg Traurig co-regional operating shareholder for Texas and co-managing shareholder in Houston. (more…)



In a deal that closed December 10, Akin Gump advised Alliance Data Systems Corporation in its purchase of Conversant, Inc. for $2.3 billion in cash and stock. (more…)



Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in a competitive procurement for and structuring of a public-private partnership (PPP) for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of Texas SH 183 managed lanes project, located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. (more…)



Winston & Strawn LLP has announced that Jonathan Judkowitz has joined the firm’s corporate transactions group in Houston. Mr. Judkowitz, who joins Winston as a partner, was most recently a banking and finance partner at Mayer Brown.

“We’re excited to have Jonathan join our team in Houston. His reserve-based lending experience is a welcome addition and will support and add depth to the firm’s finance practice,” said John Keville, Winston & Strawn Houston office managing partner. (more…)



Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome Ted Meyer as a shareholder in the firm’s Houston office. Meyer joins Ogletree Deakins from Meyer Moser Lang LLP, where he was a founding and managing partner. He is the sixth attorney and second shareholder to join Ogletree Deakins’ Houston office in 2014, a testament to the firm’s strategic growth in the market in response to client demand. Shareholder Merritt Chastain joined the firm in April. (more…)



Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) in connection with the completion of its acquisition of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR), and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB) for approximately $76 billion in total transaction value. The transaction was initially announced on August 10, 2014. (more…)



Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that Michael G. Keeley, a corporate and regulatory banking lawyer, has joined its Dallas office as a partner.

Keeley comes to Norton Rose Fulbright from Hunton & Williams LLP, where he was a partner. He focuses his practice on banking, corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. (more…)



Sidley Austin LLP announced today David B. Denechaud and Joe F. Flack III have joined the firm as partners. Mr. Denechaud will be a member of Sidley’s Private Equity practice and Mr. Flack, a member of its Energy practice. Both will reside in Sidley’s Houston office. Mr. Denechaud focuses his practice on private equity and energy (oil and gas) M&A transactions, while Mr. Flack has built his practice around oil and gas acquisition and disposition transactions. (more…)



Baker Botts lawyers represent Halliburton in one of the largest energy deals of 2014.

Under the deal, Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction. The transaction is valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an equity value of $34.6 billion and enterprise value of $38.0 billion, based on Halliburton’s closing price on November 12, 2014, the day prior to public confirmation by Baker Hughes that it was in talks with Halliburton regarding a transaction. Upon the completion of the transaction, Baker Hughes stockholders will own approximately 36 percent of the combined company. (more…)



MehaffyWeber is pleased to announce that Bill Hicks will join the firm’s Houston office as a shareholder in its energy group. Bill has over 34 years combined experience in the energy sector, both as in-house counsel and in private practice. Former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a leading oil and gas service provider, Bill has also represented clients in private practice in Federal and State courts throughout Texas. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. (more…)