Weil Gotshal and Ogletree Deakins target Texas

The demise of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has failed to dampen US law firms’ appetite for expansion as two practices have announced the opening of new offices in Texas.
Weil Gotshal & Manges is continuing its growth in the state, by adding a new Austin branch to its presence in Texas, which also includes Houston and Dallas.
Gregory Coleman, national head of Weil Gotshal’s Supreme Court and appellate litigation group will relocate to Austin from Houston with four lawyers. Coleman will head up the new branch.
Atlanta firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart has also opened in Austin after hiring former Brobeck associates Scott Brutocao and Rayna Habel Jones.
They will be joined by Bruce Griggs, a former partner from Locke Liddell & Sapp who will head up the Austin branch.
Ogletree Deakins has also plucked a former trio of Brobeck lawyers to help build up its second office opening, this time in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile the deployment of Brobeck lawyers continues as Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe announces the appointment of James Baker, a senior compensation and benefits partner and Grady Bolding, a tax partner.