The group includes Smith & Moore members Charles H. Smith, J. Michael Colpoys, Stephanie Millett and Bryan David and counsel David Denny.
“We were delighted that we had the opportunity to get what is a nationally recognized aviation law practice,” says Steve Tatum, Cantey Hanger’s managing partner.
“They have just a terrific reputation,” he says.
Tatum says the deal came about because Cantey Hanger partner Al Kroemer of Dallas and Smith are longtime friends, and they started talking about the possibility of Smith and his group joining Cantey Hanger.
Smith says he and Kroemer have been “kicking this idea around for some time now,” because it makes sense to move his firm’s aviation practice to a larger firm. Smith says Smith & Moore has been referring out transactional work lately for lack of manpower, so it makes sense to move to a larger firm with transactional lawyers.
Smith says he and the other four lawyers from Smith & Moore do litigation, but he also does transactional work.
Smith & Moore’s clients include Textron Inc., Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Cessna Aircraft Co., Lycoming Engines, FlightSafety International, Allianz Aviation Managers, Global Aerospace, U.S. Aviation Underwriters and XL Aerospace.
Smith says the deal will close at year-end and he and the others will start work at Cantey Hanger on the Jan. 1, 2014, because it’s “just a natural time to do it.”
The 72-lawyer Cantey Hanger has offices in Fort Worth, Dallas and Southlake.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys