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.

“We have grown in tandem with our clients by anticipating their geographic needs, and the opening of our Dallas office gives us an immediate Texas presence and instant credibility with highly capable and respected attorneys in Mark and Randy,” said Barnes & Thornburg Managing Partner Bob Grand. “In addition, by joining Barnes & Thornburg, they will align themselves with sophisticated national practices and a compelling value proposition for clients.”

Strategically, Barnes & Thornburg’s entry into Dallas represents a natural next step in the expansion of the firm’s national footprint. The firm’s position of financial strength, including its low-cost structure and conservative balance sheet, has allowed for consistent growth in leading economic and employment centers. Notably, Texas is the second most populous state in the country, and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington economy ranks in the top 10 among metropolitan areas.

“This was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to open and build an office for a leading firm like Barnes & Thornburg, whose model, culture and ambitions for Texas really resonated as a way to better serve and grow our client base,” said Bayer. “The firm isn’t saddled by the high overhead and expensive rates of other national and international firms located in Dallas. I was attracted by the proven platform that emphasizes collaboration and collegiality to enhance client experiences and outcomes.”

“Barnes & Thornburg is an attractive destination for attorneys whose top priority is providing excellence and value through the delivery of legal services,” said Gordon. “Combined with our local connections, credibility and deep understanding of the business environment, the pieces are in place to heartily grow this into a full-service office that draws a greater pool of legal talent and high-level work.”


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