With the three-way merger of SNR Denton with European firm Salans and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain complete on April 2, expansion in Texas remains a priority for the newly formed Dentons.
“Texas is an important growth market for everything that we are all about,” says Joe Andrew, the firm’s global chairman, who said back in November that Houston would be a potential location for a new office.
Andrew says a Houston office is a priority, but the firm is also eying San Antonio and Austin as potential office locations. The firm has an office in Dallas, which opened in 2007.
Andrew says Houston makes a lot of sense because Dentons has one of the world’s largest energy practices, with 10 offices in the Middle East, and represents a “whole host” of major energy companies.
“Unlike other law firms who want to show up in Houston and take, we think we have something to offer, as well. . . .” he says. “We want to be transparent about the process. The best way for us to grow in Texas is for people to know we want to grow in Texas.”
Andrew says he offices in Washington, D.C., but does a lot of work in Germany and New York City for his clients. He also has been spending a lot of time in Texas lately — no only on client work but also because flights to and from Costa Rica often stop at airports in Houston and Dallas. His wife, Anne Slaughter Andrew, is the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica.
With the merger, Dentons has 79 offices and more than 2,500 lawyers.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys