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!



Husch Blackwell welcomes two partners to its Dallas office who are experts in product liability, toxic tort, mass tort and catastrophic injury litigation: Michael John Ramirez and James A. Lowery. Ramirez and Lowery both recently joined the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team.

Over the past 20 years, Ramirez’s reputation has been built as a relentless advocate for his clients.
His unique experience ranges from serving as a prosecutor, in-house counsel and as a civil trial attorney.
As a prosecutor, Ramirez successfully prosecuted many criminal cases. As in-house counsel, he obtained cost-effective resolution of insurance coverage and professional liability disputes. He also spoke nationally on ethics and legal malpractice. (more…)



The Austin office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Brian Graham as a partner in its labor, employment & workplace safety practice and Global Employer Solutions offering. An internationally recognized business immigration lawyer, Graham joins K&L Gates from Strasburger & Price, LLP, where he was chair of that firm’s immigration law team and EB-5 Task Force.

Board certified in immigration & nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Graham has extensive experience in corporate immigration and investment-based immigration for high net worth immigrants. He works with lawyers in the labor & employment, tax, estate planning, securities, and corporate law areas to develop comprehensive strategies for clients. (more…)



The Dallas-based law firm Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP has added two respected, high-profile attorneys as partners in one of the largest litigation-focused boutique practices in Texas.

Samuel M. Stricklin and Tricia R. DeLeon together offer more than 40 years of combined legal experience, enhancing the firm’s growing practice representing bankruptcy plan trustees and others in major bankruptcy litigation. Ms. DeLeon and Mr. Stricklin previously were partners in the Dallas office of Bracewell & Giuliani. (more…)



Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP today announced that leading environmental attorney Daniella Landers has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in its Environmental and Workplace Safety practice. Landers’ national and international practice includes environmental compliance and transactional and litigation matters, along with crisis management and rapid response, including government investigations of environmental matters, enforcement defense, responses to citizen suits, cost recovery claims and Superfund litigation.

“Daniella brings a wealth of experience and skill in environmental law and is a strong addition to the extraordinary group of environmental professionals that our firm has brought together in just a few years,” said Katten Chairman Vincent A.F. Sergi. (more…)



Attorney Mitchell Moses has joined Underwood Law Firm’s Fort Worth office, which has grown to six attorneys in just over a year. Moses’ practice focus is commercial transactions and business litigation, mostly related to Real Estate, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate law — structuring partnerships and operating entities. He also devotes a significant amount of his practice to school and education law. (more…)



King & Spalding has hired Richard Groos, former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. technology and innovation practice, as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice, focusing on managing global trademark portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. Groos, who was also global co-head of Norton Rose’s consumer markets international business group, will reside in King & Spalding’s Austin office.

“Richard is a prominent and well-respected practitioner in the area of trademark and copyright portfolio management, and we are delighted to have him as part of our IP team,” said Holmes Hawkins, head of King & Spalding’s intellectual property practice. “His strong reputation and focus in this highly sophisticated area of IP practice significantly boosts the capabilities of our existing team to offer even more specialized services for many of our longtime clients with global brands.” (more…)



Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP welcomes prominent attorney and Texas State Representative Jason Villalba as a corporate partner in the Firm’s Dallas office.

Mr. Villalba, who joins Gardere from Haynes and Boone LLP, brings over a decade of experience representing clients in a wide array of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of public, private and middle-market companies; venture capital and private equity financing transactions; and transactions involving emerging growth and technology companies. In addition, Mr. Villalba has experience representing clients in public and private securities offerings under the Securities Act of 1933, as well as public company corporate compliance under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. (more…)



Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Stacy Smith Brown has joined the Firm’s Houston office as Partner in the Oil and Gas Practice Group.

“Stacy is a seasoned lawyer whose in-depth offshore oil and gas experience and comprehensive understanding of the energy industry as a whole will enable the Firm to better serve our clients,” said Richard B. Hemingway, Jr., the Firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group Leader. “We look forward to partnering with her to continue to take advantage of dynamic business opportunities in Houston and across the country.” (more…)



Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that Jon B. Hyland and Thomas Haskins have joined the firm as partners in the Intellectual Property and Litigation departments, respectively. They are the most recent additions to Barnes & Thornburg’s Dallas office, joining prominent litigator Mark Bayer, who launched the office in early June.

Resident in the Dallas office are Bayer, who is the office managing partner; Hyland, who was a shareholder at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr P.C.; and Haskins, who will be reunited with former Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP colleague Bayer. (more…)



Hogan Lovells announced today that Maria Boyce, Jennifer Smith, and Cristina Rodriguez will be joining the Litigation and Arbitration practice group as partners in the firm’s Houston office.

“As Houstonians with global practices and perspectives, Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina are the kind of market leaders who will add to our diverse, collaborative, and client-centered team,” said Stephen Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells. “Houston is critical for many of our energy clients in Texas and international clients in Latin America and beyond. We welcome Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina and the ability they bring to serve clients in this important market.” (more…)



Polsinelli has added Robert W. (Bob) Dockery to its Dallas office as a shareholder, where he will join the firm’s national Securities & Corporate Finance Practice, with an emphasis on Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) work. His practice focuses on representation of clients in securities transactions, including private placements and underwritten public offerings; representation of public and private purchasers and sellers in corporate and real estate acquisitions; and advising of borrowers in corporate and real estate finance transactions.

“Bob brings a depth of experience that will enable us to further elevate the profile and capabilities of Polsinelli’s work in the REIT sector,” said Kevin Vold, chair of the firm’s Securities & Corporate Finance Practice. “With more than 30 years advising clients on their most critical corporate, securities and real estate-related transactions, he will serve as a trusted counselor to Polsinelli’s clients nationwide.” (more…)



Lone Star Funds of Dallas used three firms for its pending acquisition of Home Properties, a Rochester-based multifamily real estate investment trust, for $7.6 billion, including assumed debt.

Lone Star turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Hunton & Williams; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Lone Star’s financial adviser, Goldman, Sachs & Co., used Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Hogan Lovells advised Home Properties on the transaction. Sidley Austin advised BofA Merrill Lynch, which was financial adviser to Home Properties. (more…)