Because of its large international energy practice, Dentons plans to open a Houston office in October with nine lawyers from the firm’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices.
The mid-October opening date in Houston comes six months after completion of a three-way merger between SNR Denton, European firm Salans and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain. At the time in April, the firm’s global chairman Joe Andrew said expansion in Texas is a priority for the firm.
“With over 400 clients already being served by lawyers around the world, we have a really special opportunity to set Houston as our first priority for opening a new Dentons office,” McNamara says.
The Houston office is the 2,500-lawyer firm’s 16th in the United States and 79th globally. The firm has an office in Dallas, which opened in 2007.
McNamara says nine lawyers from the firm’s Dallas and DC offices will work out of the new Houston office once it opens in mid-October. They include Dallas partners Barry Cannaday, Martin Gibson, C. Michael Moore, Mark Nelson, Jason Schumacher and Ryan Sears and counsel Steve Molina, and DC partner Karl Hopkins, counsel Terrence Dill and foreign legal specialist Sinan Pismisoglu.
McNamara says most of the lawyers will move to Houston -– they are already spending time in Houston because of clients -- and the firm expects to also hire a number of laterals from the “vibrant” Houston market.
He says the office will be full-service, starting with a focus on the energy and oil and gas sectors, but also “corporate lawyers and IP lawyers, regulatory lawyers and the like.”
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys