Munsch Hardt Grows Corporate & Securities Section with Addition of W. Phillip Whitcomb

Texas-based Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Munsch Hardt) recently strengthened its Corporate & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions practices with the addition of W. Phillip Whitcomb as a Shareholder in its Dallas office. Whitcomb brings to the firm more than 30 years of experience in advising and representing senior management of public and private companies on sophisticated corporate legal issues.

“We are thrilled to have Phil on board. Given his vast experience, Phil adds a great deal of strength to Munsch Hardt’s corporate section,” said Phil C. Appenzeller, Jr., CEO of Munsch Hardt. “Having worked in this market for quite some time, he understands what clients need and has the experience and judgment to get exceptional results. We are excited to welcome him to the firm.”

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McDermott Doubles Down on New Dallas Office

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today announced a decisive expansion of its Dallas office as two new teams of leading M&A and technology and outsourcing lawyers joined the Firm.

The two new teams, which may comprise up to 15 lawyers, arrive from the Dallas office of another AmLaw 50 law firm. With these additions, the number of lawyers in McDermott’s Dallas office more than doubles as the Firm moves to take advantage of new strategic opportunities in this important and growing market. The two new groups, taken together, add a technology focus to McDermott’s transactional practice that complements its existing strengths in adjoining practices such as Intellectual Property (IP) and Health.

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Ogletree Deakins Welcomes Shareholders to Firm’s Dallas, Minneapolis Offices

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, welcomes Andy Tanick and Adam Dougherty to the firm as shareholders. Both join Ogletree Deakins from FordHarrison LLP and are resident in the firm’s Minneapolis and Dallas offices, respectively. Since January, 13 shareholders have joined Ogletree Deakins across the firm’s network of 47 offices.

“We continue to be the beneficiary of talented lawyers who are attracted to our model, which is known for client service, value, and depth of experience,” said Kim Ebert, Ogletree Deakins’ managing shareholder. “Both Andy and Adam are highly-regarded for these attributes and will assimilate well with the local and national culture of Ogletree Deakins.”

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Renowned Trial Attorney Rob Hoffman Joins Andrews Kurth in Dallas

Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce that accomplished courtroom attorney Robert “Rob” Hoffman has joined the firm as a partner in Dallas.

A trial lawyer for more than three decades, Mr. Hoffman has handled a wide array of complex, high exposure, commercial litigation matters nationwide. His successful track record helped him earn recognition as one of the top 15 “Business Defenders” in North Texas as selected by the editors of the Dallas Business Journal. He joins Andrews Kurth from Dallas’ Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

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Dentons US and McKenna Long to Combine

A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world’s largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US

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Polsinelli Enhances Intellectual Property Litigation Capabilities

Polsinelli welcomes new shareholders Michael D. Pegues and Jason A. Wietjes to its Dallas office to bolster the firm’s growing national Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation Group. Drawing upon more than 20 years of extensive experience in complex IP disputes, Pegues focuses on patent litigation while Wietjes works with both established and start-up tech firms to strategically defend, enforce and monetize their intellectual property

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Two High-Profile Dallas Trial Boutiques Announce Merger

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.

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McDermott Adds Team of Three Leading Partners to its U.S. and International Tax Practice

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery today welcomes three leading tax lawyers to the Firm’s partnership. M. Todd Welty, Mark P. Thomas and Laura L. Gavioli join the Firm to expand McDermott’s Tax Controversy practice, which was named “Tax Litigation Firm of the Year” by U.S. News & Best Lawyers in 2014.

Under Welty’s leadership, the three join McDermott from another global law firm, where they represented a broad range of multinational clients in international and national tax controversy and litigation matters. They will be based in McDermott’s Dallas office.

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