Schiff Hardin LLP, a leading national law firm, today announced it is expanding its platform with a new office in Dallas. The office will be anchored by five accomplished finance, corporate and securities partners. They will occupy temporary space at 1717 McKinney Avenue in Dallas, while the firm secures an office capable of accommodating an expanding local presence. Celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2014, Schiff Hardin now comprises more than 400 attorneys across eight offices located throughout the United States.

The lawyers establishing Schiff Hardin’s Dallas office include Larry Makel, Gina Betts, Kenneth Betts, and Stan Mayo, all formerly with Squire Patton Boggs in Dallas, along with Jamie Whatley, also formerly with Patton Boggs but most recently with Lillard Wise Szygenda in Dallas. All of them join the firm as partners in Schiff Hardin’s Corporate and Securities and Finance groups. They are well-known in their respective fields, representing clients in debt and equity public and private transactions, as well as in LBOs and MBOs, portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions, fund formations, corporate governance, SBIC compliance and SEC reporting.

Ron Safer, Schiff Hardin Managing Partner, said, “Schiff Hardin has earned a reputation for its exceptional commitment to its clients, to its people, and to the communities in which it does business. Our new partners are a great fit with our culture – they share our commitments and will deliver world-class service to our clients. We are delighted to have them lead the way in an important and exciting market for the firm.”

Schiff Hardin’s national Corporate and Securities practice provides a broad range of legal services for private and public companies throughout the United States and abroad, including M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, as well as product regulatory matters and corporate governance. The Finance practice represents lenders, institutional investors, placement agents, borrowers and lessors/lessees in various corporate and commercial debt financing transactions.

Larry Makel said, “We’ve worked with lawyers from Schiff Hardin for years and have tremendous respect for their legal skill, and for how the firm represents its clients. We are excited to join the firm and play an important role in its growth.”

Bob Riley, Chairman of Schiff Hardin, said, “Establishing a presence in Dallas is a natural extension of our firm strategy to build our national platform with talented and well-respected lawyers in key practice areas. We plan to expand our presence in this market and build a broad-based capability that can handle sophisticated business and litigation assignments for our long-term clients, as well as new clients. Most importantly, we are starting with the right partners. Larry, Gina, Stan, Ken and Jamie are superb lawyers and great people.”

Gina Betts, who will serve as Coordinating Partner in the Dallas office, added, “Schiff Hardin has a great brand. With decades of work and long-term relationships in Dallas, we are all delighted to seize a great entrepreneurial opportunity to build the firm’s presence locally and contribute to its national practices.”


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