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Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworski has taken the entire tax team from Jenkens & Gilchrist’s Houston office, which includes Jenkens’ Houston managing partner Andrius Kontrimas.
Kontrimas led the exodus that included partners Patrick O’Daniel and Lisa Rossmiller and associate Donna Adams Harris. Kontrimas and O’Daniel will be partners at Fulbright while Rossmiller will be a senior counsel.
The team will be bringing a book of business that includes advising transport provider Coach USA on tax matters.
Kontrimas, Rossmiller and Harris will be based in Fulbright’s Houston office while O’Daniel will work out of the firm’s Austin office. Their arrival pushes Fulbright’s firmwide tax team to 77.
Fulbright’s head of tax Jack Allender told The Lawyer, “We’re seeing our practices move increasingly into the international sphere and the group saw this as a good platform.”
Jenkens is left without a tax capability in Houston. It now has nine tax lawyers spread across Dallas, Austin and Los Angeles.
Texan firm Jenkens has suffered since a federal prosecutor investigation three years ago unearthed questionable advice on tax shelters by three Jenkens lawyers in the Chicago office.
The New York office lost 91 lawyers in 2005 to Troutman Sanders, and in 2006 the firm made an $82m (£42.4m) settlement with 1,100 tax-shelter investors.