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!



Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Zammurad H. (Bob) Feroze to its Real Estate Practice Group as a Member in the firm’s Dallas office. Prior to joining Dykema, Feroze served as the Chair of the Real Estate Department at Hughes & Luce in Dallas, which later merged with K&L Gates LLP. (more…)



Alston & Bird today announced a significant expansion of its Finance Practice with the hiring of four new partners and four additional attorneys in Dallas. The group brings with it considerable real estate and structured finance experience and in-depth capabilities in domestic and cross-border public and private securitization transactions, floating and fixed-rate portfolio financing, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and loan servicing. (more…)



Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Robert G. Stephens has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the Global Finance and Energy practices. He will have a leadership role in the Finance practice in Houston. Mr. Stephens is a highly regarded finance and energy lawyer whose practice is principally focused on structured energy transactions, including secured financings and derivatives transactions and energy asset acquisitions. (more…)



Pillsbury today announced the addition of a four-partner team to the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Based in Austin, Texas, Edward Cavazos, Barry Shelton, Michael Chibib and Conor Civins join Pillsbury from Bracewell & Giuliani and are expected to be accompanied by six associates. This 10-lawyer IP team marks a significant development for one of the firm’s newest offices.

“The addition of Ed, Barry, Mike and Conor demonstrates our commitment to serving the thriving Texas and global IP market,” said Jack Barufka, firmwide leader of Pillsbury’s IP practice. “They have a unique diversity of experience and knowledge across industries, and Pillsbury’s global platform will support their strong relationships in the technology community.” (more…)



Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to welcome Craig D. Dillard as a Trial partner in the Firm’s Houston office. Mr. Dillard joins the Firm from BoyarMiller, where he had practiced since 2007 and been a shareholder since 2012.

“Craig has a proven track record in securing the best outcome for his clients in all types of disputes,” says Gardere Vice Chair Eric A. Blumrosen. “We are proud to add Craig’s well-rounded breadth of litigation expertise to the Gardere team.” (more…)



Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETE) announced a definitive agreement under which Regency and Energy Transfer Partners will combine in a unit-for-unit transaction plus a one-time cash payment to Regency unitholders that collectively implies a value for Regency of approximately $18.0 billion, including the assumption of net debt of $6.8 billion. (more…)



Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm represented J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., RBS Securities Inc. and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as the administrative agent, in connection with a $3 billion revolving credit facility and a $2 billion 364-Day revolving credit facility for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. (more…)



Adams and Reese is pleased to announce that commercial litigator and regulatory attorney in the energy sector, Alton J. Hall, Jr. has joined the law firm’s Houston office as Special Counsel. Hall was formerly with the International litigation law firm of Cozen O’Connor, and he was also one of the founders of one of the largest African-American owned law firms in the United States, Wickliff & Hall. (more…)



Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is representing Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) in connection with its agreement to acquire Hiland Partners from its founder, Harold Hamm, and certain Hamm family trusts, for a total purchase price of approximately $3 billion, including the assumption of debt.

The purchased assets consist of crude oil gathering and transportation pipelines and gas gathering and processing systems, primarily serving production from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana. (more…)



Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that John Adkins has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Finance, Restructuring, and Bankruptcy group. Mr. Adkins represents clients in business transactions, including banking, real estate, and corporate matters. He is based in the Firm’s Houston office. (more…)



Bruce “Chip” Morris joins Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC (KRCL) in the Houston office. Chip brings over 20 years of experience successfully representing and counseling clients on a wide range of commercial and intellectual property matters. (more…)



Jason M. Medley has joined LeClairRyan as a shareholder on the firm’s Bank Finance & Lending team. He will be resident in the national law firm’s Houston office. (more…)