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!



Katarzyna “Kasia” Brozynski has joined Gordon & Rees’s Dallas office as a partner in the Intellectual Property and Sports, Media & Entertainment Practice Groups. Joining the firm with her is associate Sorana G. Ban.

Brozynski is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her experience includes representing clients in transactional matters such as domestic and international patent and trademark prosecutions and oppositions, copyright issues, Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy arbitration proceedings, and export controls. She also handles IP portfolio valuations, rendering freedom to practice and patentability opinions as well as drafting and negotiating licensing agreements in all areas of intellectual property. She assists clients in negotiating royalty licenses in commercial areas including biomedical engineering, computer sciences engineering, and oil and gas technologies. (more…)



Prominent business litigation and employment attorney Stephen Fox has joined the Dallas office of Polsinelli as an equity shareholder in the firm’s national Labor and Employment, and Commercial Litigation Practices.

Regarded as one of the state’s leading complex commercial and employment litigators, Fox earned widespread recognition after winning a $28 million jury verdict and $32 million final judgment on behalf of a renowned computer-game executive and developer. The verdict against the developer’s former employer for breaching a stock option agreement was recognized by The National Law Journal as one of Texas’ 10 largest verdicts in 2010. (more…)



King & Spalding adds healthcare expertise to its Austin office with the addition of Kathy L. Poppitt as partner and Catherine M. Greaves as counsel. Poppitt and Greaves join King & Spalding from Cox Smith.

“King & Spalding is committed to growing its healthcare practice in Texas and across the country,” said Richard L. Shackelford, leader of King & Spalding’s healthcare practice group. “We are excited to add talent in Austin which expands our ability to serve all of the firm’s healthcare clients, especially in the State of Texas.” (more…)



James (Jim) D. Reardon has joined Porter Hedges as a partner in the tax section of the corporate practice group. He has a diverse practice, advising both public and private companies on minimizing tax liabilities to achieve specific operational and transactional objectives. He also provides a full range of services to individual and corporate taxpayers who are undergoing audits or challenging assessments on appeal with the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities. (more…)



BakerHostetler is proud to announce that Laura J. McMahon has joined the firm as a partner in the corporate and energy practices, resident in the Houston office. She comes to BakerHostetler from Norton Rose Fulbright, where she co-chaired the Latin America Practice Group. McMahon joins the firm just weeks after the Denver office arrival of Poe Leggette and team, also from Norton Rose. (more…)



Winstead PC welcomes Charlie Florsheim, a shareholder in Winstead’s corporate, securities/mergers and acquisitions practice group. Florsheim was previously a partner at Cantey Hanger LLP.

Florsheim represents clients in corporate legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, entity formation and structure, and corporate governance. He is a legal advisor in venture capital and private equity matters, SEC reporting and compliance and franchising. His clients include, among others, companies in the food and beverage, insurance and health care industries. (more…)



Ajinomoto Co. Inc., a Tokyo-based, worldwide leader in high-quality processed foods and seasonings and a household name in Asia , announced today that it has entered into an agreement, through its subsidiary Ajinomoto North America, Inc., to acquire Texas-based Windsor Quality Holdings LP, a leading manufacturer of ethnic frozen foods in the U.S., including brands such as Ling Ling and Josè Olè. (more…)



Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to welcome Arcie I. Jordan as a corporate partner in the Firm’s Austin office. Ms. Jordan joins Gardere from Jackson Walker LLP and brings more than 20 years’ experience in counseling a broad spectrum of companies expanding internationally to and from the United States.

“Arcie’s international practice expertise is consistent with our strategic focus in Mexico and Latin America,” says Gardere Chair Holland N. O’Neil. “Arcie likewise compliments our burgeoning International Trade Group, which advises clients related to FCPA compliance, anti-trust compliance, import/export and other supply chain regulations around the world. She is well-known in this area of practice, and our clients will be well-served by her acumen in this complicated, but critically important, area of the law.” (more…)



Haynes and Boone, LLP has bolstered its impressive securities talent base with the addition of Partner Shoshana Thoma-Isgur, a widely respected corporate practitioner and former Fort Worth Securities Exchange and Commission (SEC) enforcement attorney.

“Shoshana’s arrival adds to our already deep capabilities for handling sophisticated funds work,” said Bill Nelson, co-chair of the Capital Markets and Securities Practice Group. “She is a phenomenal addition to the group.” (more…)



International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that John Quattrocchi has rejoined the Firm as a partner in its Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practices. John is based in the Dallas office.

“We are delighted to welcome John back to Weil. As a former associate in both the Dallas and New York offices, he knows Weil’s culture and will be a great addition to the Dallas office and the Firm,” commented Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “Weil’s market-leading transactional practices remain incredibly active, and John’s broad corporate expertise will further strengthen our Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practices.” (more…)



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…)