McElhaney, who left the bench in January after she failed to win re-election in 2012, says she wanted to join a firm with a strong business litigation focus.
“I wanted a firm that was going to get me in the courtroom,” she says.
“I was in kind of a great position where I could look out and say, ‘How do I want the rest of my professional life to look, and where can I take things I learned as a judge?’ ” she says.
McElhaney, who joined Beirne Maynard on Feb. 18, says she will do business litigation and appeals along with family law mediation and arbitrations. Prior to taking the bench at the beginning of 2010, McElhaney was a shareholder in Cox Smith Matthews in San Antonio.
Brit Brown, managing partner of Houston-based Beirne Maynard, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys