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!



John Padalino, the former Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) rejoins Kemp Smith LLP as a partner in the Environmental, Water and Utilities Department. Mr. Padalino most recently served as the Administrator for USDA’s Rural Utilities Service where he was engaged in public policy issues affecting the utility industry. He was responsible for managing a loan portfolio totaling over $60 billion in assets and lending to rural electric, telecommunications, and water and wastewater providers across the U.S. While at the agency, he opened RUS’s low cost electric loan program up to energy efficiency activities, small-scale renewable energy projects, and utility scale distributed generation. He has been a strong advocate for rural telecommunications carriers before the Federal Communications Commission supporting policies that provide certainty for rural carriers. He was an ally of rural water systems across the country ensuring efficient delivery of much needed infrastructure investments. (more…)



Jackson Walker L.L.P. is pleased to welcome Brad Lowry as a partner in the Dallas office. Mr. Lowry joins the firm from Haynie Rake Repass & Lowry and adds additional depth to Jackson Walker’s experienced Real Estate practice group.

Mr. Lowry has more than 25 years of experience handling a wide variety of complex commercial real estate and real estate–related transactions for a diverse range of clients, including developers, owners, lenders, landlords, tenants, REITS, equity investors and asset managers. Prior to joining Haynie Rake, he practiced at Haynes and Boone, LLP for more than 20 years. A few recent highlights of Mr. Lowry’s distinguished career include having represented a mixed–use developer in the acquisition of more than 5,000 acres of suburban land; a resort community developer in a 1,200 acre golf course community development; and a retail developer in a $100 million retail development; to name just a few. Mr. Lowry also has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, including several large transactions involving multi–state hotel portfolios. (more…)



Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P., a master limited partnership, in amending its revolving credit facility with the initial borrowing capacity of $800 million, and contains an accordion feature of up to an additional $250 million, which, if exercised, will increase the Partnership’s total available borrowing capacity to $1.05 billion. (more…)



Polsinelli welcomes highly experienced intellectual property attorney Adam C. Rehm to the firm’s Dallas office. A registered U.S. patent attorney, Rehm brings extensive experience to the firm including two years as a U.S. Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He specializes in intellectual property, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and litigation.

“I’m looking forward to helping build Polsinelli’s intellectual property practice,” said Rehm. “The firm’s strong patent focus was attractive to me, and I hope to contribute to its growth not only in the Dallas market but nationally as well.” (more…)



Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. (Cole Schotz) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Dallas. Member James W. Walker will lead the office, which will focus on litigation services for local and national clients doing business in Texas.

“The North Texas market has seen rapid growth and this office opening is a response to our clients’ need for a litigation capacity throughout the state,” said Mr. Walker. “Cole Schotz offers an incredibly strong bankruptcy capacity in this market through its Fort Worth office, and litigation support is a natural complement.” (more…)


Texas State Capitol, Austin

Skadden represented Houston-based independent power generator Dynegy Inc. in its $3.25 billion acquisition of EquiPower Resources Corp. and Brayton Point from private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.



Houston Business Journal editor, Emily Wilkinson selected Cameron International Corp. pending sell of its centrifugal compression business to Dublin, Ireland-based Ingersoll Rand PLC (NYSE: IR), a heating and air-conditioning systems manufacturer, for $850 million in cash as this weeks “Deal of the Week.” (more…)



Jason W. Cook has joined McGuireWoods LLP’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Patents Department as a partner in the firm’s fast-growing Dallas office, bringing extensive experience in complex patent litigation in the technology sector.

Cook has litigated patent cases in numerous federal district courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is particularly experienced in the Eastern District of Texas, a hot-spot jurisdiction for patent litigation, where he has been involved in more than 80 separate cases. (more…)



Akin Gump advised Gulfport Energy Corporation in an offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.750 percent senior notes due 2020 at an issue price of 106 percent of the aggregate principal amount of the notes. The notes were sold to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and to certain non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. (more…)


Austin Skyline

Jackson Walker L.L.P. is pleased to welcome Darrell W. Taylor as a partner in the Houston office. Mr. Taylor joins the firm from Jones Day and adds significant strength to Jackson Walker’s Corporate & Securities group, which is one of the largest in the state and has developed a solid reputation as a go–to practice for companies doing business in Texas. (more…)



The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Rex D. VanMiddlesworth and Phillip G. Oldham as Partners and Katie Coleman and Benjamin B. Hallmark as Associates in the Government/Regulatory Practice Group of the Firm’s Austin office.

“These attorneys offer expertise that adds a new dimension to our Austin office and to the Firm,” said James C. Morriss III, the Firm’s Government/ Regulatory Practice Group Leader and Austin Office Leader. “Their practice will complement our service to existing clients, many of which we have in common, and will expand the Firm’s client base. While we have a longstanding involvement in the energy industry and have served an industrial and manufacturing client base for many years, this group of attorneys brings these two elements together with their unparalleled experience in electricity-related regulatory matters, power market and electric project development issues, and in other related energy matters.” (more…)



Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added A. John Harper III as a shareholder in the firm’s Houston, TX office. Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Harper brings significant labor management relations and employment law experience to the firm. Prior to joining Littler, he was a partner in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone. (more…)