Austin law firm expands with 6 new hires, including 3 partners

Nov 11, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Greenberg Traurig LLP has added three more shareholders to its Austin office as part of an expansion across several practice areas. The new shareholders are part of a group of five recently-added attorneys, along with a new director, that brings the total number of attorneys with the firm in Austin to 23

The new shareholders are Joshua Bernstein, Todd Kimbrough and Elizabeth Rogers, the firm said in a statement

Bernstein, previously with Armbrust & Brown PLLC, focuses his practice on transactional real estate matters. He received his JD from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor of arts from Ohio State University. Kimbrough focuses his practice on regulatory and market issues related to electricity markets in the U.S. and abroad. He was previously general counsel for Lubbock Power & Light, the third-largest municipal electric utility in Texas. Rogers will focus her practice on data privacy and cybersecurity matters. She was most recently chief privacy officer with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Darrell Windham, the firm's co-managing shareholder in Austin, said the hires reflect the growing importance of the Texas market to the firm

"The firm has placed a priority on Texas, and Austin in particular, so it's somewhat reflective of Texas' booming economy," Windham said in an interview. "We're talking seriously to a couple of other people [to add] this year or early next year. Firms in Austin take a more strategic view, and we don't need to replicate in Austin what we have in other Texas offices."

Also joining Greenberg Traurig's Austin office are new associates William Teten Jr. and Katie Van Dyk. Teten, who was previously with Vinson & Elkins LLP, will focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets and corporate governance. Van Dyk, who was previously with McLean & Howard LLP, will focus her work on real estate matters

The other new arrival is Jennifer McEwan, the firm's government law and policy senior director. She received a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin

Windham said McEwan is yet another strong addition to the firm's government law and policy group in Austin and Houston. Though the Texas Legislature only meets every two years, and is set to reconvene in January 2015, he said those issues are dealt with full time these days

Greenberg Traurig, an international firm based in Miami, has more than 110 attorneys at its three Texas offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston

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