The firm is betting the two corporate lawyers’ institutional knowledge and experience building a successful office will reap more rewards in Austin.
Travis Counts is the second former C-suite hire from a major oil and gas player this year. He has negotiated and closed transactions exceeding $75 billion in value over his career, which includes Concho’s $9.5 billion sale to ConocoPhillips that closed in January.
Simpson Thacher is adding a young partner who played a key role in EQT’s $2.9 billion acquisition of assets from Alta Resources in May.
Trent Bridges served as the lead lawyer on numerous mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters for the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company.
The merger gives Munck Wilson one of the largest trademark/soft intellectual property practices in the Southwest and more than doubles its headcount in Austin.
With the addition of Toles and his team, Munsch Hardt counts 25 new hires this year. Toles said he was drawn to Munsch’s commitment to Texas and the opportunity to expand his practice in areas he has been growing the last few years.
Withers, an international law firm with $307 million in global revenues, has hired a former Winstead wealth planning and tax expert to lead its Texas entrance.
Dilen Kumar visited with The Lawbook about his decision to join Katten, his highlights from working in the White House Counsel’s Office and what kinds of deals he is seeing in his practice.
The Austin legal market continues to be red hot with the arrival of Latham & Watkins, which tapped corporate attorneys from DLA Piper and Wilson Sonsini. Firm leaders anticipate current partners with strong ties to Texas will either relocate or spend significant time in the state capital.
One of the leading tax controversy attorneys in the country, Richard Husseini discusses why he left Baker Botts after 30 years, changes at the IRS and more in a Q&A with The Lawbook.