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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The Dallas-based law firm Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, has bolstered its corporate transaction and counseling services with the addition of former Fortune 500 general counsel David W. Black. (more…)

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Jackson Walker LLP is pleased to welcome attorney Brit Nelson. He joins the Houston office as a partner in the Intellectual Property group. (more…)

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The lawyers from Taube Summers Harrison Taylor Meinzer Brown, LLP, a preeminent
bankruptcy and civil litigation boutique firm in Austin, Texas, have joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, a
leading provider of legal services to the healthcare, financial services, technology, retail and hospitality
industries. Thirteen trial attorneys with reputations for handling significant and complex litigation and
bankruptcy restructuring have joined Waller’s Austin office which the firm opened in 2012. Taube Summers is
recognized by Best Lawyers as a Tier One law firm in Texas with top‐tier rankings in Bankruptcy and Creditor
Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation ‐ Banking & Finance;
Litigation ‐ Bankruptcy; and Litigation ‐ Real Estate.
Handling large, complex litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration disputes for clients
ranging from start‐ups and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies,  the lawyers from Taube Summers
represent clients in banking, insurance, real estate, securities, technology, energy, manufacturing, construction,
professional services, entertainment and other industries. The Taube Summers lawyers have significant
experience in real estate entitlement litigation, workouts, bankruptcy reorganization and litigation, as well as
partnership, trust and fiduciary litigation and employment matters.
“Joining forces with Taube Summers presents a very real competitive advantage for our clients and our law
firm,” said Waller chairman Matt Burnstein. “These are battle‐tested trial attorneys who have earned
reputations for getting results in high‐stakes and high‐pressure litigation.”
“It is a tremendous opportunity for us to align with Waller. Waller’s transactional and regulatory practices will
be great assets for our clients, and Waller’s litigation and restructuring teams add valuable depth and
experience for the litigation and bankruptcy cases we handle,” said Eric Taube. “With Waller we found a like‐
minded firm that shares our personal approach and commitment to client service and to being both advocates
for and  trusted advisors to our clients.”
“This is an example of our continued focus on having the best talent at every position,” Burnstein said. “We
aggressively recruit highly skilled veteran attorneys with proven experience as well as promising young attorneys
who will begin their careers at Waller. Our goal is to expand and enhance our team throughout the country, and
the lawyers joining us from Taube Summers are perfect matches for that strategy.”
Waller now has more than 225 attorneys in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala. and Austin. The 13
attorneys who joined Waller are:
Eric J. Taube – focuses on complex commercial and business litigation; bankruptcy restructuring and litigation;
securities litigation; real estate litigation; employment law; and fiduciary litigation. Taube earned his J.D., cum
laude, in 1983 from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. in 1979 from Vanderbilt University.
Before forming Taube Summers, Taube was a partner at Liddell Sapp in Austin and Houston.
Rick Harrison – focuses on complex commercial litigation; estate and trust litigation; intellectual property
disputes, professional malpractice cases; employment law; and general civil litigation. Harrison earned his J.D. in
1968 from the University of Texas School of Law and his B.B.A. in 1966 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Before joining Taube Summers, Harrison was a partner at Fritz, Byrne, Head & Harrison, LLP in Austin and also
served as the head of the litigation section in the Austin office of Jones Day.
Mark C. Taylor – focuses on bankruptcy, restructuring, creditors’ rights and collections; complex commercial
litigation and business torts; appellate law and general civil litigation. Taylor earned his J.D. in 1987 from the
University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. in 1984 from Rice University. Before joining Taube Summers,
Taylor practiced at Liddell Sapp.
B. Neal Meinzer – focuses on construction litigation; creditors’ rights and collections; complex commercial
litigation and business torts; and general civil litigation. Meinzer earned his J.D. in 1996 from St. Mary’s School of
Law and his B.A. in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Brown – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; entertainment law and intellectual
property litigation; employment law; and general civil litigation; Brown earned his J.D. in 1998 from the
University of Texas School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, in 1995 from Northwestern University. Before joining
Taube Summers, Brown was an associate with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Pryor Cashman LLP and a
partner with Fritz, Byrne, Head & Harrison, LLP in Austin.
S. Alex King – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; employment law; and general civil
litigation. King earned her J.D. in 2004 from Harvard Law School and her B.B.A, magna cum laude, in 2001 from
the University of Texas at El Paso. Before joining Taube Summers, King was a partner at Fritz, Byrne, Head &
Harrison, LLP in Austin and an associate with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York.
Paul Matula – focuses on commercial landlord and tenant disputes; construction litigation; creditors’ rights and
collections; employment law and general civil litigation; Matula earned his J.D. in 1990 from the University of
Texas School of Law and his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin. Before
joining Taube Summers, Matula served for nine years as Assistant Attorney General in the Texas Attorney
General’s Office.
Jamie McGonigal – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; estate and trust litigation;
securities litigation; and general civil litigation. McGonigal earned her J.D., with honors, in 1998 from the
University of Texas School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1995 from Texas Tech University.
Morris D. Weiss – focuses on bankruptcy; restructuring, and creditors’ rights and collections; and complex
commercial litigation and business torts. Weiss earned his J.D. in 1985 from South Texas College of Law and his
B.S. in 1981 from Babson College. Before joining Taube Summers, Weiss was Managing Director of Tejas
Securities Group, Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel of National Bancshares Corporation of Texas,
and a partner with Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP.

Christopher G. Bradley – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; bankruptcy,
restructuring, creditors’ rights and collections; securities litigation; and appellate law. Bradley earned his J.D.,
magna cum laude, in 2007 and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies in 2008 from New York University School
of Law. He holds a Master’s degree (2003) and a Doctorate (2008) in English Literature from Oxford University.
Bradley earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in 2001 from Princeton University. Before joining Taube Summers,
Bradley was a Judicial Law Clerk in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Texas and an associate
with Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP.
Cleveland R. Burke – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; bankruptcy, restructuring,
creditors’ rights and collections; and appellate law. Burke earned his J.D., with high honors, in 2008 from the
University of Texas School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 2001 from Duke University. Before joining
Taube Summers, Burke was an associate with Thompson & Knight LLP.
Rola Daaboul – focuses on commercial landlord and tenant disputes; construction litigation; entertainment law;
intellectual property litigation; professional malpractice cases; and securities litigation. Daaboul earned her J.D.
in 2010 from South Texas College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining
Taube Summers, Daaboul practiced at Reed & Scardino LLP in Austin.
Andrew Preston Vickers – focuses on complex commercial litigation and business torts; and general civil
litigation. He earned his J.D. in 2012 from the University of Texas School of Law and his  B.A. in 2008 from the
University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Rick Burleson has joined the firm to head the Oil and Gas practice group out of the firm’s Houston office. He joins from Burleson LLP, an energy-focused firm which he founded and led. (more…)

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The global law firm Dentons today named Houston Bar Association (HBA) president Laura Gibson as partner in the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. In this role she will head up the Houston Labor and Employment practice and work with clients involved in complex commercial disputes as well as arbitration pertaining to banking, energy, securities, copyright and communications law. (more…)

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Patent litigators Mark C. Howland and Samuel E. Joyner have joined the Dallas-based law firm Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, marking an expansion of the firm’s existing intellectual property practice. (more…)

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Anna Rotman has joined the Firm, where she will help build and grow the Houston office’s Litigation Practice Group. (more…)

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Mr. McKay joins Baker Donelson as a shareholder in the Houston office, where he concentrates on commercial, energy and real estate litigation with a particular focus on eminent domain and land use matters throughout the United States. He has extensive trial experience, having first-chaired numerous jury trial victories in addition to successful arbitration proceedings in multiple states. His eminent domain practice encompasses all aspects of condemnation law and right-of-way matters, including regulatory takings and inverse condemnation claims. (more…)

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The global law firm Jones Day has announced that William H. Sultemeier has joined the Houston Office as a partner in the Energy Practice. With over 20 years of large law firm, general counsel, and transactions management experience, Mr. Sultemeier counsels clients on deal structuring and execution, regulatory trends and compliance, and board of director duties and strategies to improve and advance business goals. (more…)

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David S. Morales has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation, Administrative Law and Public Law practice groups, Austin office. Morales principally focuses his practice on complex litigation, administrative law, as well as public and higher education law. Having previously managed and directed all litigation for the State of Texas while at the Texas Office of the Attorney General, as well as having been the chief legal advisor to the Governor of Texas, Morales provides Kelly Hart clients with a unique blend of seasoned litigator, government dispute resolution expert and high-level legal advisor. (more…)

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Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Bradley D. Coburn to its Intellectual Property Department as a member of the firm’s Austin office. Prior to joining Dykema, Coburn practiced at Denko Coburn Lauff LLP and Fish and Richardson PC. (more…)

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BakerHostetler today announced that Mark L. Jones has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the Business and Corporate Group and on the Energy team. Jones joins a cross-functional 80-member team of attorneys who counsel international and domestic energy companies and service providers in oil, natural gas, shale, and alternative energy. The team is skilled at managing all the legal needs of an energy company, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, data privacy and protection, tax, and bankruptcy and restructuring matters. He comes to the firm, with his team intact, from Burleson LLP, and brings more than 30 years of experience handling high-level transactions critical to global energy companies. (more…)

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