Dentons launches in Houston to target energy work

Dentons has launched its 79th office worldwide, relocating a team of lawyers from Dallas and Washington DC to open in Houston.

The Houston opening is designed to target energy clients and builds on the firm’s existing presence in Dallas. Legacy Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthald launched in the Texan city in 2007.

Dentons is relocating lawyers from other offices, mainly Dallas, to launch in Houston, including Dallas managing partner Michael Moore, energy partners Barry Cannaday, Martin Gibson, Karl Hopkins, Jason Schumacher and Ryan Sears and litigator Mark Nelson.

No external hires have yet been made for Houston.

US managing partner Mike McNamara said Houston was a “natural expansion” from the tripartite April merger between Fraser Milner Casgrain, Salans and SNR Denton (22 February 2013). McNamara added that growing in Texas was a priority for the firm.

CEO Elliott Portnoy added: “As a gateway to the world’s most important energy markets, Houston will draw Dentons lawyers from around the world to focus on our clients’ most complex and sophisticated needs.”

The Houston launch is the second office opening for Dentons in a month. At the start of September the firm launched a second office in Kazakhstan, picking legacy Salans lawyer Birzhan Zharasbayev to head up the new operation (4 September 2013).