Dickinson Wright PLLC continues its North American expansion with the opening of its seventeenth office in Austin, Texas. Joining Dickinson Wright’s Austin office as Members will be Corporate & Securities attorney, Darrell R. Windham and Intellectual Property attorneys Ross Spencer Garsson and K. Lance Anderson. (more…)



Noted Dallas-based trial law firm Deans & Lyons, LLP, is expanding its Texas footprint with the addition of five prominent trial attorneys in the firm’s newly opened Houston office at 1001 Fannin St., Suite 1925.

Joining the firm are veteran Houston trial lawyers Tom Sartwelle, Matt Pletcher and Jeff Nobles, previously with the Houston office of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP, and Chad Castille and Matt McCracken, previously of Houston-based Serpe Jones Andrews Callender & Bell, PLLC.

“From the start, this has been a firm of ‘Battle Tested, Razor Sharp’ trial lawyers who do not back down from any challenge, and this group of attorneys certainly fits that model,'” says firm co-founder Michael Lyons. “We are excited about what this means for our clients, as well as our younger attorneys, to be able to work with such an exceptionally talented group of experienced lawyers.”

Mr. Castille will serve as Managing P artner of the Houston office. His practice is concentrated on complex civil litigation, representing individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations in a diverse array of industries. His expertise includes cases involving medical and hospital negligence, oil and gas, commercial and residential construction, pharmaceutical liability, medical devices, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, and commercial business disputes and torts.

Mr. Sartwelle, a highly rated and widely respected trial lawyer, has nearly 50 years of experience and has tried cases throughout Texas involving commercial business disputes; catastrophic personal injury; products liability; and medical, hospital and legal malpractice. He tried to verdict a case involving the first Texas corporation to be indicted for murder. He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys as a Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice Specialist and serves as an officer with that organization. He joins as Of Counsel.

Mr. Pletcher is an experienced trial lawyer with a focus on cases involving commercial business disputes, products liability, professional negligence, and employment, health care, pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech litigation and civil appeals. In addition, he has successfully represented clients in a variety of civil claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He joins as Partner.

Mr. Nobles is a well-respected trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience handling a variety of civil appeals in state and federal courts throughout Texas. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex trials and appeals involving commercial business disputes, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, and products litigation. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a former chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section and the Appellate Pro Bono Committee. He joins as Partner.

Mr. McCracken’s trial and appellate experience includes cases involving professional liability with an emphasis on doctor and hospital litigation. He also handles matters involving a variety of industries including manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, and health care. He has briefed and argued major cases to state and federal appellate courts in Texas including the Texas Supreme Court. He has been an invited lecturer on legal ethics issues. He joins as Partner.



Butler Snow has expanded into Texas with the addition of Martin S. Sosland, Gary W. Davis and Jose M. Luzarraga. Sosland will practice in the bankruptcy and restructuring group in Dallas; Davis and Luzarraga will practice with the firm’s product liability group in Austin and Dallas respectively. (more…)



Wilson Elser has grown its presence in Texas, adding nine attorneys to its Houston office and opening a Beaumont office with two attorneys. Among the group is Kent Adams, who now is regional managing partner of both offices. (more…)



Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton today announced its merger with Dallas-based Crouch & Ramey LLP, a highly-regarded, 21-lawyer practice led by preeminent Texas litigation attorneys including named partner Cole Ramey. The merger will be effective as of November 2, 2015. With the merger, Kilpatrick Townsend enters the Texas legal market by making Dallas the home of its 18th office worldwide, including 15 in the United States. (more…)



Holland & Knight today announced the opening of its 22nd U.S. office in Houston, Texas. The Houston office is the firm’s third in Texas. Holland & Knight opened offices in Dallas and Austin in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Partners L. Bradley Hancock and Christopher D. Johnsen are joining the firm to establish the new office. Their practices focus on complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. They are accompanied by associate Theresa Wanat. All were formerly with Greenberg Traurig in Houston. Mr. Hancock will serve as executive partner of the office.




Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, will expand its presence in Texas with a new Austin office, effective Sept. 1. Three attorneys from Littler’s Dallas location will establish the firm in Austin – one of the nation’s most dynamic and growing cities. (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…)



Dykema, a leading national law firm, has combined with Texas-based Cox Smith. The combination gives Dykema a significantly expanded presence in Texas, where Cox Smith has been a leading firm with deep history. The additional depth in key practices, coupled with the combined firm’s broader geographic reach, enhances the range of services available to firm clients. With the addition of Cox Smith’s more than 100 lawyers, the combined firm consists of more than 425 attorneys in 15 offices. In Texas, the firm is operating under the name Dykema Cox Smith. (more…)



Two prominent Dallas trial firms are announcing a merger to form Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP, one of the largest litigation-focused boutiques in Texas.

The merger of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP and Elrod PLLC brings together 30 experienced and accomplished attorneys devoted to business litigation for corporations and individuals across a broad range of industries. (more…)



Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced it will combine with Texas-based Cox Smith. The combination will give Dykema a significantly expanded presence in Texas, where Cox Smith is a leading firm with deep history. The additional depth in key practices, coupled with the combined firm’s broader geographic reach, will enhance the range of services available to both firms’ clients. The addition of Cox Smith’s 118 lawyers will give the combined firm more than 450 attorneys in 15 offices. In Texas, the firm will initially operate under the name Dykema Cox Smith. The combination, which takes effect May 1, will double the size of each firm’s Dallas presence, and San Antonio will become one of Dykema’s largest offices. (more…)



ScottHulse, P.C., a full-service commercial law firm headquartered in El Paso, Texas, has opened a new office in San Antonio, expanding the firm’s presence in the U.S./Mexico international trade corridor.

Business attorney Jose Luis Carbonell, a shareholder and a member of the Firm’s board of directors, will head up the firm’s San Antonio office. Initially, the ScottHulse San Antonio office will focus on services related to corporate and securities matters; international and cross-border business, including export control and import control; manufacturing; mergers and acquisitions; banking and finance; real estate; immigration; and aerospace, defense and government services. (more…)