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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Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, PC Adds Two Litigation Attorneys

Kane Russell Coleman and Logan PC (KRCL) is pleased to announce that Kenneth Riney and Philip Bean have each joined the Firm in the Litigation Group in Dallas.

Kenneth Riney joins the firm as a senior attorney in the Litigation Section. He has more than a decade of experience in litigation, having defended countless clients in premises, products and professional liability claims.

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McGuireWoods Continues Texas Expansion as Litigators Stewart Clancy, Justin Opitz Join Firm’s Dallas Office

Highly regarded financial services and commercial litigators Stewart Clancy and Justin Opitz have joined McGuireWoods as partners in Dallas as the firm continues to expand its capabilities in a vital southwestern United States market.

Clancy and Opitz have significant litigation experience representing businesses in a variety of commercial matters, with a particular focus on defending mortgage lenders and servicers against claims filed in federal and state courts. They also handle matters related to origination and title defects and advise clients on compliance with mortgage servicing standards and federal and state laws.

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Morgan Lewis Enhances Government Enforcement, White Collar, and Commercial Litigation Capabilities with Three New Partners and Five Associates in Texas

Morgan Lewis is expanding its government enforcement, white collar, and commercial litigation services with the addition of accomplished litigators Danny Ashby, Steve J. Korotash, and T. Gregory Jackson, who have joined as partners in the Dallas office. Also joining are five government enforcement and litigation associates. Previously, the group worked at another global law firm.

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Harness Dickey Launches Dallas Office Led by New Principal Gerald Welch

Leading intellectual property (IP) law firm Harness Dickey opened the doors to its Dallas office today, establishing the firm’s first presence in a region experiencing significant economic growth. Principals Gerald T. Welch and Darin W. Deaver, along with associates Chris K. Miller, Christopher M. Cauble and Thomas E. Schiano, have joined Harness Dickey from Dentons to launch the new office.

A long-time Dallas-area resident, Welch brings with him more than 30 years of experience in patent prosecution, counseling and litigation in the electrical, telecommunications, life sciences and medical device industries for corporations in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

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Prominent Corporate/REIT Group joins Dentons in Dallas

Dentons announced today that Toni Weinstein, Donald A. Hammett Jr. and X. Lane Folsom have joined its Corporate Practice as partners. The integrated team they lead focuses on public securities and transactional matters, particularly in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and real estate investment and operating structures. They are resident in the Firm’s Dallas office.

With their arrival, Dentons continues the momentum of significant corporate and tax hires around the world who are able to support clients with complex corporate transactions.

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Baker Botts Represents EnLink in $600 Million Acquisition of Coronado Midstream

The EnLink Midstream companies, EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:ENLK) (the Partnership) and EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE:ENLC) (the General Partner) (together “EnLink”), announced a definitive agreement to acquire Coronado Midstream Holdings LLC (“Coronado”), which owns natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Permian Basin, for approximately $600 million, subject to certain adjustments

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Alston & Bird Expands Finance Practice with Four New Partners in Dallas

Alston & Bird today announced a significant expansion of its Finance Practice with the hiring of four new partners and four additional attorneys in Dallas. The group brings with it considerable real estate and structured finance experience and in-depth capabilities in domestic and cross-border public and private securitization transactions, floating and fixed-rate portfolio financing, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and loan servicing.

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