PHILADELPHIA – January 26, 2017 – Drinker Biddle & Reath is opening an office in Texas with the arrival of 23 lawyers in Dallas, one of the largest entries into the Dallas legal market in recent years. The office will open on February 1, 2017.
The group of lawyers, all formerly of Sedgwick LLP in Dallas, enhances the firm’s nationally recognized business litigation, products liability, class action, and insurance teams. The expansion marks the firm’s 12th office and is a milestone in the strategic growth trajectory of Drinker Biddle in the U.S.
The office will be led by nine partners including E. Paul Cauley, Jr., Susan E. Egeland, Travis S. Gamble, Wayne B. Mason, George S. McCall, Dawn S. McCord, W. Neil Rambin, Sondra S. Sylva and Alan R. Vickery. Mr. Rambin will become the regional partner in charge of the Dallas office.
“Drinker Biddle has a history of strategic growth and expanding into Texas has been an objective for the firm,” said Andrew C. Kassner, Chairman and CEO of Drinker Biddle. “We’re thrilled to open a Dallas office led by a proven team of experienced trial lawyers and litigators who are committed to growing the office. Our new lawyers share the firm’s core values and goals, and immediately support our priorities, including adding best-in-class talent to serve our clients.”
“From the onset of our discussions, we recognized a complementary culture with everyone at Drinker Biddle and a strong commitment to growing the firm in Dallas and Texas,” said Mr. Rambin, regional partner in charge of the Dallas office. “Joining Drinker Biddle alongside my long-time colleagues makes sense on every level and provides our clients with the additional resources of a full-service national firm with a 168-year history of excellence and innovation.”
The new lawyers have a depth of experience in practice areas and industries that align with Drinker Biddle’s core strengths and strategic plan. Their practices include products liability, class actions, insurance coverage, business disputes and commercial litigation, as well as industry sectors of automotive, insurance, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and health care.
“We are fortunate to welcome a group of lawyers who add significant experience to our national litigation practice.” said Michael W. McTigue Jr., Executive Partner and Chair of the Litigation Group. “These additions will enable the firm to continue to serve the needs of its clients and create additional opportunities in Texas and throughout the country.”
With the new office in Dallas, Drinker Biddle now has 12 offices located throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, California and Texas, as well as an office in London. The firm now has more than 635 lawyers.
In total, the new office will open with nine partners, two counsel and 12 associates. Both the firm and incoming team of partners are committed to expanding the capabilities of the office to reflect the firm’s broad range of legal services.
Below are descriptions of Drinker Biddle’s new partners:
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is a national law firm with more than 635 lawyers. The firm provides client service in corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, litigation, government and regulatory affairs, health care, investment management, labor and employment, life insurance and annuities, products liability, intellectual property, employee benefits and executive compensation, environment and energy, trust and estates, and real estate.