Angela Zambrano and Scott Parel took over as co-managing partners of Sidley’s Dallas office only a month ago, but they and Texas will be front-and-center this week when they host the management committee for the 150-year-old, 2,000-attorney global law firm. Sidley has made Texas key to its strategic growth. The firm’s headcount and revenue increased tenfold over nine years. And Sidley’s next global chair is their predecessor. As rocker Glenn Frey would say, “The Heat is On.”
Where the theme of Ted Lasso season one was empathy, season two’s theme is clearly about mental health. This message could not be timelier for attorneys.
In addition to the firm’s five-year sponsorship commitment to the nation’s most diverse law school, Thompson Coburn has hired four UNT Dallas College of Law grads since opening its Dallas office in March 2020.
Scott Fletcher and Kenneth Held were young trial lawyers at V&E in the securities litigation practice. Fletcher loaned Held an office couch and chair when Held became a partner in 2003. Seven years later, Held replaced Fletcher as V&E’s co-chair of the securities litigation section. Now both in their 50s, Fletcher and Held are partners again – this time at their own Houston securities litigation boutique, appropriately named Fletcher Held.
It is Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta, PC’s fourth office outside of the 46-lawyer firm’s Dallas headquarters.
Eleven years ago on Mother’s Day, I was driving down a winding Texas road thinking about how much I loathed who I had become. I had been abusing alcohol for years and had severe, untreated depression. I was lying to my employer about the work I was doing (I was not doing it). I would not return client phone calls knowing they would remind me I was not doing the job I was entrusted to do.
The Texas legal market is so hot right now that law firms have discovered the economic theory known as supply and demand. Corporate lawyers are stretched and in danger of burnout. Law firm leaders want to hire more attorneys and are even offering huge signing bonuses. But there’s a problem: There just aren’t enough lawyers in Texas to do the job.
Norton Rose Fulbright, Mattress Firm and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis came together Sunday for a charity race to raise money for three elite organizations that fight racism and to announce college scholarships. The “Run Against Racism” raised $197,087 and produced a lot of good times. And Mattress Firm announced two $10,000 college scholarships.
The firm is betting the two corporate lawyers’ institutional knowledge and experience building a successful office will reap more rewards in Austin.
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.