DALLAS (CN) — International law firm Winston & Strawn has opened a new office in Dallas, hiring 21 partners from eight other top local firms.
The Chicago-based law firm’s expansion comes six years after it opened its first Texas office, in Houston.
Thomas Melsheimer, former managing principal at Fish & Richardson, and Bryan Goolsby, former managing partner at Locke Lord, will serve as the Dallas office’s co-managing partners.
Melsheimer successfully represented billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in 2013 against inside-trading charges filed by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
Goolsby is known nationally for representing real estate investment trusts.
The founding partners in Dallas include six attorneys from Fish & Richardson, seven from Locke Lord, three from Jones Day and one each from Norton Rose Fulbright, Greenberg Traurig, Squire Patton Boggs, K&L Gates and Miller Eagan Molter & Nelson.
Winston & Strawn said in a statement that the group brings “substantial experience in both disputes and transactional matters, including in mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, real estate, tax, civil and criminal litigation and investigations, and regulatory defense.”
The firm also announced the hiring of two real estate partners from Locke Lord to its Houston office.
Firmwide managing partner Tom Fitzgerald said Dallas “represents a significant opportunity” to support local clients and “create new opportunities in this important commercial hub.”
Firm co-chairman Jeffrey Kessler said the Dallas office’s founding partners “represent the top caliber of corporate and litigation talent” in the area.
“The firm’s ability to complete large lateral acquisitions within a short period of time, attracting prestigious attorneys from different law firms, highlights our commitment to strategic growth and integration within key practice areas and markets,” Kessler said.
Winston & Strawn employs more than 850 attorneys in 18 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. It is the oldest law firm in Chicago, founded in 1853.