For the third time this year, Hay Compere has opened a new office. The Austin-based firm opened its San Angelo outpost Monday with new partner Wesley M. Giesecke (pictured). Giesecke, formerly of Gossett, Harrison, Millican & Stipanovic of San Angelo, will manage the new office.
Partner David Courreges says Hay Compere expanded into San Angelo because of the strength of the energy market and because Austin partners John Hay III and W. Derek Darby are both from San Angelo.
“Wes is specifically in oil and gas and energy law, and, as you know with the new methods of drilling that have been going on in that area . . . there is a need for greater representation over there,” Courreges says.
Giesecke says he enjoyed his previous firm but is excited about building a firm with a group of young lawyers “all just trying to make our mark.” He declines to identify clients.
With Giesecke, Hay Compere has 11 lawyers in four offices, Courreges says. The two-year-old Hay Compere also has offices in Lakeway and South Padre Island.
Greg Gossett, a partner in Gossett, Harrison, says the firm regrets losing Giesecke. “He’s a very talented and capable attorney, but apparently . . . a lot of the principals in that firm are also contemporary friends of Wes and felt like they had some potential business that was more oil and gas.”
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys