For anyone keeping score, mark Dykema's tally as two Texas offices. The firm, which opened a Dallas office six years ago and has now 13 offices nationwide, announced on July 8 that it just launched an Austin location.
The firm is staffing the new office with four senior counsel, two of who were already with Dykema and two who are moving to the state capital as laterals. Also, two firm equity members in the Dallas office will work in the Austin part time.
The laterals are Drew McEwen and Kevin Oldham, both tax attorneys, previously with their own Austin firm, McEwen Oldham. At Dykema, they will be senior counsel. Kimberly Kiplin, who joined Dykema when she retired from her role as general counsel to the Texas Lottery Commission one year ago, had resided in Austin but worked as a senior counsel affiliated with the Dallas office. Kiplin now will work directly for the Austin office. Erin Dempsey, who has served as senior counsel in the Dallas office, has moved to Austin. Dallas Dykema equity members Bill Finkelstein and David J. Schenck, who is a former deputy attorney general for the state of Texas, also will work part time in the Austin office.
Finkelstein, who will serve as the managing member of Dykema's Texas offices, says, "We're focusing our growth strategy for office on a regulatory practice." Finkelstein notes that Schenck, with his background at the AG's office, will play a pivotal.
"He may be spending more time in Austin than he knows about now," Finkelstein jokes.
-- Miriam Rozen