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!



James Grace Jr. joins the Houston office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in its Government Law & Policy Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Grace chaired the Texas government relations practice at Baker Botts L.L.P.

Grace advises and advocates for a wide variety of clients on federal, state and local public policy matters. His deep knowledge of and experience with governments and political campaigns at all levels allow him to assist with complex government relations problems. (more…)



Sidley Austin LLP announced today that D. Gilbert “Gil” Friedlander has joined the firm in Dallas as senior counsel. He will be a member of Sidley’s M&A, Securities and Corporate Governance practices. Mr. Friedlander, a well-known corporate lawyer, brings more than 40 years of experience to his role. Previously, he was a partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he concentrated on M&A, securities and corporate governance matters. He rejoins a talented team of former colleagues, including top litigators, finance, private equity and M&A lawyers, who made the move from Weil to Sidley’s Dallas office last year. (more…)



Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Michael P. Royal as a shareholder in the firm’s Dallas office. With more than 20 years of labor and employment experience, Royal has built a prominent international, national and regional litigation practice. Prior to joining Littler, he was a partner in the Dallas office of Fisher & Phillips, where he co-founded the International Employment Law Practice Group. (more…)



Fox Rothschild will open its first office in Texas by merging with Dallas firm David & Goodman, P.C., which focuses on employment, real estate and other matters.

Fox Rothschild firmwide managing partner, Mark Silow, mentioned that a mutual client recommended David & Goodman as a potential merger partner to Fox Rothschild after using the Dallas firm for a Texas real estate transaction. Silow said the firm plans to recruit more attorneys in Dallas through lateral hiring and is well-positioned to capture market share and talent in the crowded Texas legal world. (more…)



On September 29, 2014, the EnLink Midstream companies, EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:ENLK) (the Partnership) and EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE:ENLC) (the General Partner) (together “EnLink”), announced that a subsidiary of the Partnership signed a definitive agreement with Chevron Pipe Line Company and Chevron Midstream Pipelines LLC to acquire Gulf Coast natural gas pipeline assets including the Bridgeline system (“the natural gas assets”) predominantly located in Southern Louisiana for $235 million, subject to certain adjustments. (more…)



Fish & Richardson announces the addition of legendary Texas attorney John W. Bickel II of Dallas as part of its expansion in commercial litigation and arbitration services for clients in the U.S. and internationally. One of the state’s highest-profile attorneys, he joined Fish on Sept. 22.

Mr. Bickel, co-founder of one of Dallas’ first and most-prominent litigation boutiques, has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues, clients and adversaries in a career spanning more than 30 years. His track record includes work in practically every type of commercial legal case, from contract disputes to Lanham Act litigation to trade secret claims and many others. Mr. Bickel’s peers have named him as one of the state’s Top 100 lawyers in the annual Texas Super Lawyers list published in Texas Monthly. (more…)



On September 24, 2014, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) announced the closing of a $925 million private placement of senior unsecured notes to a group of institutional investors. In total, Cabot raised $925 million through the following three series of notes: $100 million of 7-year 3.24% notes due 2021, $575 million of 10-year 3.67% notes due 2024 and $250 million of 12-year 3.77% notes due 2026. Proceeds from the offering will be used to repay Cabot’s outstanding borrowings under its credit facility, fund its Eagle Ford Shale acquisition and for other general corporate purposes. (more…)



Branscomb | PC is pleased to announce lawyer Sandra Ramos White has joined the firm as a shareholder.

Sandra joins the firm’s labor and employment law group. She will focus her practice on advising and counseling employers on a broad range of employment related issues, formulating preventive strategies, drafting employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures and representing employers before federal and state agencies on discrimination charges and claims on the basis of age, sex, race, disability, religion and other protected categories. Her work will also include representing employers in grievances, arbitrations, investigations and settlement negotiations. She has considerable experience drafting non-competition and employment contracts. Ramos White received her law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1997 and her bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1991.



Gray Reed & McGraw welcomes experienced tax attorney Dan Kroll to the firm’s Houston office. He concentrates on federal income taxation, and in particular, on the tax, structuring and business issues facing the real estate industry and other private equity arrangements. He frequently counsels clients regarding the tax-efficient structuring of real estate investments and private business acquisitions and dispositions. (more…)



Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that Buena Vista Lyons is joining the firm’s Dallas office as shareholder. Lyons was the managing partner at FordHarrison’s Dallas office until her arrival at Ogletree Deakins. Lyons is an employment litigator who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

“Vista is a strong advocate for employers and reflects the qualities of delivering value and premier client service that our firm is known for,” said Bryant McFall, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Dallas office. “Employers that have worked with Vista know how talented and tenacious she is representing her clients.” (more…)



Kemp Smith LLP is pleased to announce Thomas A. Forbes has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Regulatory and Public Affairs Department in Austin, TX. Mr. Forbes’ practice will focus on government affairs and regulatory issues. He represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, Texas Legislature, U.S. Congress, Federal Executive Branch and other state governments.

Mr. Forbes advises clients on matters before regulatory agencies and legislative bodies. He has represented major corporations, professional societies, major league sports and both foreign and state governments. (more…)



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…)