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!



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…)



Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added three attorneys in Houston and Dallas: Derek J. Anchondo, who was previously a partner at Adams and Reese, joined as an energy shareholder in Houston; Christina A. Tate, previously a partner at Vinson & Elkins, joined as a corporate shareholder in Dallas; and Hiba Kazim joined the firm’s Houston Litigation Practice as an associate.

“Texas is a key growth market for Greenberg Traurig and high caliber practitioners like Derek and Christina allow us to offer our clients the highest quality and value in the delivery of legal services possible,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, chief executive officer for Greenberg Traurig. “It is my pleasure to welcome them and Hiba to the firm. The Greenberg Traurig brand stands for excellence, extraordinary value in our areas of focus, global collaboration, and a culture of respect, empowerment, and trust. And when we talk with attorneys about joining the team, we are not only looking for exceptional lawyers but also for people who share our commitment to client service and who understand both the benefits of our large focused platform and the warmth of the Greenberg Traurig family.” (more…)



Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that hospitality attorney Kelly Franklin Bagnall has joined the firm as a partner in its Dallas office. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Bagnall was a member of Dykema and served as the Director of its Hospitality and Gaming Industry Group.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kelly and her long-time hospitality clients to our firm,” said Joe Guay, Holland & Knight’s Real Estate Section Leader. “With Kelly’s help, our firm looks forward to building our new real estate and other practices in Dallas and expanding our national hospitality team’s reach within the industry.” (more…)



Eric English has joined Porter Hedges as a partner in the Bankruptcy section of the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. English has a diverse restructuring, litigation and creditor rights practice, including the representation of debtors, secured lenders, trade creditors, and equity holders in commercial workouts, bankruptcy restructurings and disputes. He also has experience with commercial foreclosures and has represented buyers in distressed acquisition transactions. (more…)



Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Ricky A. Raven as a partner in the firm’s U.S. Commercial Litigation Group in Houston. Raven was formerly a partner at Thompson & Knight in Houston.

“Ricky is an exceptional addition to our national practice,” said Raymond A. Cardozo, Chair of Reed Smith’s Litigation Department. “He is an accomplished and well-known trial lawyer and has first-chaired more than 100 jury trials to verdict throughout the country. His connections to the Houston business community and with in-house counsel at major corporations are exceptionally strong. We are delighted to have him as a colleague.” (more…)



Texas-based Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Munsch Hardt) recently strengthened its Corporate & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions practices with the addition of W. Phillip Whitcomb as a Shareholder in its Dallas office. Whitcomb brings to the firm more than 30 years of experience in advising and representing senior management of public and private companies on sophisticated corporate legal issues.

“We are thrilled to have Phil on board. Given his vast experience, Phil adds a great deal of strength to Munsch Hardt’s corporate section,” said Phil C. Appenzeller, Jr., CEO of Munsch Hardt. “Having worked in this market for quite some time, he understands what clients need and has the experience and judgment to get exceptional results. We are excited to welcome him to the firm.” (more…)



Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys and additional staff from the intellectual property law firm of Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri L.L.P (“Wong Cabello”) have joined the Firm in its Houston office, effective June 9, 2015. As a result of these additions, Blank Rome significantly bolsters its IP practice to more than 60 attorneys and broadens its service offering to clients. All 5 name partners are joining, with J. David Cabello serving as co-chair of Blank Rome’s Intellectual Property and Technology group. They bring with them an additional 6 partners, 4 of counsel, 9 associates, and professional staff. (more…)



Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a national law firm, announced today its expansion into Texas with the addition of two partners from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. The attorneys establishing Barnes & Thornburg’s Dallas office include Mark W. Bayer, who will serve as office managing partner, and Randy Gordon. With plans to make additional attorney hires in the coming months, the office will be temporarily located at 1717 McKinney Ave., Suite 700, in Dallas. (more…)



International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced a decisive expansion of its Dallas office as two new teams of leading M&A and technology and outsourcing lawyers joined the Firm.

The two new teams, which may comprise up to 15 lawyers, arrive from the Dallas office of another AmLaw 50 law firm. With these additions, the number of lawyers in McDermott’s Dallas office more than doubles as the Firm moves to take advantage of new strategic opportunities in this important and growing market. The two new groups, taken together, add a technology focus to McDermott’s transactional practice that complements its existing strengths in adjoining practices such as Intellectual Property (IP) and Health. (more…)



Joel S. Allen has brought his successful, nationwide employment litigation practice to McGuireWoods as a new partner in the firm’s rapidly growing Dallas office, which has quadrupled in size since it opened 14 months ago (more…)



Hogan Lovells announced today that Jeffrey Whittle has joined its Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology practice (IPMT) as a partner in the Houston office (more…)