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!

 

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Shell Midstream Partners, L.P., a limited partnership formed by Royal Dutch Shell, announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 40,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests at $23.00 per common unit. The underwriters of the offering have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 6,000,000 common units from Shell Midstream Partners. The common units will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 29, 2014 under the ticker symbol “SHLX.”  The offering is expected to close on or about November 3, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. (more…)

www.bakerbotts.com

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McGuireWoods today expanded its capabilities in its fast-growing Dallas office with the addition of accomplished restructuring and insolvency attorney Mark A. Platt, who joined the firm as a partner.

Mr. Platt, who has substantial insolvency and commercial litigation experience, focuses on several industries, including telecommunications, real estate and energy. He has successfully litigated cases for senior lenders, private equity firms and a wide array of debtors and creditors in federal and state courts across the country, including in Texas, Delaware, and New York. Mr. Platt is the current co-chair of the American Bar Association Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee. (more…)

www.mcguirewoods.com

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On October 27, 2014, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq:CRZO) announced that it completed the acquisition of additional leasehold and producing interests in the Eagle Ford Shale from Eagle Ford Minerals, LLC (“EFM”), for $250 million in cash, subject to a closing adjustments, as well as an update to its third quarter guidance. The acquisition represents an approximate 25% working interest in certain Eagle Ford Shale properties that were already operated by Carrizo. Following the closing of the transaction, Carrizo holds an approximate 100% working interest in these assets. The acquired properties are in three main project areas (RPG, Irvin Ranch, and Pena) which are centrally located in the most prospective portion of the Eagle Ford Shale’s volatile oil window. (more…)

www.bakerbotts.com

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Estes Okon Thorne & Carr is pleased to announce the addition of Amy M. Stewart as a partner in Dallas.

Ms. Stewart brings a wide range of commercial litigation experience to the firm, including handling cases involving breach of fiduciary duties, contract damages, negligence, property damages, and personal injury claims. Further, Ms. Stewart has handled employment-related litigation matters, including handling internal investigations and representing clients in wrongful termination arbitrations. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to medium and small businesses, insurers, food manufacturing companies, major retailers, manufacturers, and property owners. (more…)

www.estesokon.com

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Haynes and Boone, LLP Houston has welcomed U.S. patent lawyer John Demarco as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Transactional Section.

“Our nationally-recognized IP practice grows even stronger with the addition of John in Houston,” said Terry Conner, firm managing partner. “Clients engaged with the ongoing energy boom and vibrant Houston economy will certainly benefit from his wise counsel.” (more…)

www.haynesboone.com

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Berry Spears, who previously served as the partner-in-charge of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Austin office, has joined Locke Lord’s Austin office as a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and its Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Insolvency Practice Group.

Spears has extensive experience representing clients in a number of key industries, including energy, financial institutions, technology, life sciences and healthcare, infrastructure, mining and commodities. (more…)

www.lockelord.com

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Haynes and Boone, LLP is proud to announce that Kirsten Polyansky has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the Energy Practice Group.

“Her vast energy finance knowledge and experience fit nicely with the firm’s energy practice,” said Houston Partner Buddy Clark, head of the Energy Practice Group. “Kirsten’s experience in energy commodities, with a special focus on crude oil and refined products, enhances the firm’s capabilities.” (more…)

www.haynesboone.com

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Vinson & Elkins announced today that seasoned capital markets attorney Michael Telle has joined the firm in Houston as a corporate partner, further expanding its market-leading position.

“We are committed to maintaining V&E’s premier position in the highly competitive Houston market,” said V&E Chairman Mark Kelly. “We could not be happier to welcome Mike back to V&E. Mike is recognized as one of the nation’s top capital markets attorneys and is a natural leader whose engaging personality fits perfectly with our firm’s culture.” (more…)

www.velaw.com

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King & Spalding has recruited noted Texas appellate specialist Shawn Stephens as a partner in the tort and environmental litigation practice of its Houston office. Stephens joins King & Spalding from Baker Hostetler where she was a partner and leader of the Houston appellate practice.

“Shawn is an excellent appellate lawyer with an impressive list of accomplishments, and she adds significant strength to our Texas appellate practice,” said Robert E. “Bobby” Meadows, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Houston office. “We welcome Shawn to the firm.” (more…)

www.kslaw.com

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Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that Lisa Atlas Genecov, a prominent healthcare transactions lawyer with 30 years of experience, has joined its Dallas office as a partner. (more…)

www.nortonrosefulbright.com

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Blackstone Energy Partners in its $700M equity commitment to Windy Cove Energy LLC to acquire and develop carbon dioxide-enhanced oil recovery properties in the United States. Windy Cove is a newly formed oil and gas company based in Houston, TX. (more…)

www.kirkland.com

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GDHM is pleased to welcome Kristina Rollins to the firm’s Administrative and Regulatory Litigation practice. Kristina joins us from Energy Future Holdings where she served as Director of Regulatory Policy.  (more…)

www.gdhm.com

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