Weil, Gotshal & Manges today announced plans to close its Austin office by Dec. 1. Kevin Kudlac, a patent litigator and the sole partner in the Austin office will move to the firm’s Houston office, according to a statement from the New York City-based firm. Weil Gotshal says that all 16 lawyers and 11 support staff have been offered opportunities to transfer to the firm’s other offices including its two other Texas offices, Dallas and Houston. Those employees who decide not to relocate will receive transition benefits. As of Jan. 1, Weil Gotshal had 128 lawyers in Texas and 1,365 firmwide, according to Texas Lawyer’s “The Texas 100” poster published April 27. Glenn West, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office, was not immediately available for comment.
-- Jeanne Graham