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!



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…)


Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has added a top-tier team of five attorneys and one director across various practice areas including real estate, energy regulatory, corporate & securities and government law & policy to its Austin office. The team, whose experience further enhances the firm’s highly regarded multi-practice capabilities, includes shareholders Joshua Bernstein, Todd Kimbrough and Elizabeth Rogers along with associates William Teten, Jr. and Katie Van Dyk. Rounding out the group is Government Law & Policy senior director, Dr. Jennifer McEwan. (more…)



Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that it is opening an office in Houston, Texas. The office will be the New York firm’s first new domestic office opening in more than 30 years. Willkie has a substantial client base in Texas including a number of the most highly regarded energy-related funds and most active industrial buyout firms in the region. This move furthers the firm’s strategy to combine the strengths of its existing relationships, the private equity, leveraged finance, M&A and capital markets skills of a traditional Wall Street firm and the talents of Houston-based attorneys specializing in energy and buyout transactions.

Launching the Houston office will be Willkie corporate partner Bruce Herzog, together with Michael Piazza, who joins from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, and Angela Olivarez, who joins from Jones Day. (more…)



King & Spalding represented real estate owner and developer Edens Investment Trust in its acquisition of all outstanding shares of AmREIT, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at $762 million. The deal was unanimously approved by AmREIT’s board of directors. It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. (more…)



The Texas trial firm of Deans & Lyons, LLP, is pleased to announce that respected trial and appellate attorney Brian P. Lauten has joined the firm’s Dallas office as a partner.

As a triple board-certified business trial lawyer, Mr. Lauten has represented clients nationwide in cases involving business and commercial disputes, professional liability, fiduciary litigation, contract disputes, legal malpractice, and labor and employment litigation. Mr. Lauten also has handled appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Texas. Prior to joining Deans & Lyons, he was a named partner in the Dallas firm Sawicki & Lauten, L.L.P. (more…)



Vinson & Elkins advised Nuevo Midstream, LLC in the sale of the company to Western Gas Partners, LP for $1.5 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2014. (more…)



Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that Michael S. Haynes has rejoined the Firm as a partner in the Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice Group.

In 2005, Mr. Haynes began his legal career at Gardere as a bankruptcy associate after earning his J.D., summa cum laude, and M.B.A. from Texas Tech University. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a bankruptcy attorney in 2011. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Haynes worked as a stockbroker for Fidelity Investments. (more…)



BakerHostetler is proud to announce that Sashe D. Dimitroff has joined the firm, resident in the Houston office, as a member of the Litigation Group and the Energy and Shale team. He comes to BakerHostetler from Haynes and Boone. Dimitroff will join more than 360 trial lawyers in the firm’s expanding Litigation Group. (more…)



Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) (“WES” or the “Partnership”) announced that it agreed to acquire Nuevo Midstream, LLC (“Nuevo”), a leading Delaware Basin gas gatherer and processor, for $1.5 billion. The Partnership expects the acquisition will close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. (more…)