Cox Smith Matthews of San Antonio boosted the size of its Austin office by adding three shareholders who formerly were partners in K&L Gates’ Austin office. The new shareholders are Keith Shuley, who joined the real estate group; Phillip Slinkard, who joined the corporate group; and Mary Schaerdal Dietz, who does business and commercial litigation. Dietz joined Cox Smith on April 16, while Shuley and Slinkard joined a week earlier.
Shuley, managing shareholder of the Austin office, says he moved to Cox Smith because he wanted to practice at a Texas-focused firm. “K&L is a great firm, but it has a very international practice and my clients didn’t really need that, so I was looking for a firm that wanted to be a Texas firm and saw that as its primary focus,” he says. Shuley, who does a lot of environmental work, says his clients include HollyFrontier Corp. of Dallas and AutoZone Inc. of Memphis.
Shuley says he, Slinkard and Dietz were each independently considering new firms, and it’s happenstance that they all joined Cox Smith at the same time. Slinkard and Dietz did not immediately return telephone messages. Neither did Jack Erskine, administrative partner in Austin for K&L Gates.
Jamie Smith, managing director of 130-lawyer Cox Smith, writes in a statement: “It’s very exciting for us to add these attorneys, who were attracted by Cox Smith’s regional footprint and value proposition for their clients.”
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys