Surveys and Rankings

Texas Lawyer's Annual Salary & Billing Report

By Jeanne Graham |

Each year, Texas Lawyer tracks financial trends in the state's legal industry through its Salary & Billing Survey. The resulting report compiles information provided by firms about employees' salaries, billing rates and billable hours.

What Texas Firms Worked on the Big Deals in 2013?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Spurred by strength in energy deals and financings, seven Texas firms made the charts in "Corporate Scorecard 2014," The American Lawyer's rankings of the nation's top dealmakers in 2013.

Texas Lawyer's 2014 Litigation Departments of the Year

This year, our Litigation Departments of the Year award has two distinct categories: one for the top department in general litigation and one for the top specialty litigation practice groups. We also have included a lifetime achievement award for an individual who has made his or her mark on Texas litigation.

Summer Standouts

By Jeanne Graham |

How does the summer of 2014 compare with last summer? Who beefed up their summer associate classes and why? What do summer associates need to know to succeed?

Texas 100 - 2014

Each year Texas Lawyer conducts The Texas 100 Survey to gather information about the firms with the largest operations in the state.

Nicole Ruble Metcalf, a partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker

Optimistic Outlook: Large Law Has Partner Growth, Makes Investment in Future

By Jeanne Graham |

Jackson Walker has the largest 2014 Texas partner class. The firms rounding out the top five in terms of new partner class size are Haynes and Boone, Strasburger & Price, Baker Botts and Andrews Kurth.

Marcus Brooks, a shareholder in the Austin office of Winstead

Risky Business: Lateral Moves Down for 2013, Firms Slow Hiring, Lawyers Move With Caution

By Jeanne Graham |

Eighteen of the state's 25 largest firms participated in Texas Lawyer's Lateral Hiring Survey and reported hiring 14.1 percent fewer lateral attorneys— 249 versus 290—than they had in 2012.

Mike McQueen, managing partner of Kemp Smith, the largest firm in El Paso

Recession Rebound: Managing Partner Survey Shows Positive Growth Trend

By Jeanne Graham |

Texas Lawyer invited firm chairs, presidents, managing partners of Texas firms and the partners-in-charge of Texas offices of out-of-state firms to share their thoughts on management strategies during 2013 and expectations for the Texas legal market in 2014.

Secrets of Success: BigTex Firms' Minority Owners Give Advice on Making Partner

By Jeanne Graham |

A partner or shareholder at each of six firms that increased the number of minority equity partners in their Texas offices, as well as the percentage representation of minority equity partners, talked about the role ethnicity has played in his or her legal career and shared advice for associates on the partnership track.

Baby Boom: For Second Year in a Row, Large Firms Continue to Bring In More Baby Lawyers

By Jeanne Graham |

Since the financial crisis of 2008, this is the second year in a row that the large firms participating in Texas Lawyer's New Associate Hires survey have brought in a larger entering class than the previous year. The firms are filling in their associate ranks to make up for smaller or nonexistent first-year associate classes since 2008, says one firm consultant.

2013 Texas Legal Departments of the Year

By Heather D. Nevitt |

Texas Lawyer's editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of our first annual Legal Departments of the Year awards. The awards bestowed are not based on scorecards or data-driven metrics but rather on success stories.

Reigning Women

By Jeanne Graham |

Women make up 15.9 percent of the 1,701 equity partners at the firms that participated in Texas Lawyer's 2013 Women & Minorities survey. At four firms, the percentage of women equity partners in Texas exceeds 20 percent. Equity female partners or shareholders at each of the four firms talk about their successful business development techniques.

2013 Litigation Departments of the Year

Our 2013 Litigation Departments of the Year award has two distinct categories: one for the top department in general litigation and one for the top specialty-litigation practice groups. The award was open to any law firm in Texas or litigation groups led by Texas attorneys. Here are this year's winners.

The Future of Fees

By Jeanne Graham |

Alternative, or non-hourly billing, is used by 89 percent or 82 of the 92 firms that responded to Texas Lawyer's 2013 Salary and Billing Survey. While the firms are balancing the risk and reward of alternative billing, 80 percent are also offering discount fees or rates to their clients.

Summer Associate Survey: 1L Pipeline Power

By Jeanne Graham |

Texas' largest firms are bringing in about the same number of summer associates as they did last year, but a larger proportion of those summer associates are 1Ls.

The Texas 100 - 2013

A chart of the 100 largest law firms in Texas.

Energy Work Drives Firms' Financials

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Energy work, both transactional and litigation, is a main driver behind strong 2012 financials at large Texas firms, although firm leaders also cite lateral hiring, a strong Texas economy, attention to collections and client year-end tax planning as major contributors.

Legal Leaders on the Rise

Texas Lawyer's editorial has selected "Legal Leaders on the Rise," spotlighting 25 up-and-comers in the Texas legal community.

Wonder Women: New BigTex Partners on How They Chose Their Firms

By Jeanne Graham |

For Andrews Kurth corporate and securities partner Stephanie Beauvais, an understanding manager's accommodation showed her she could balance her career and her family life. Beauvais is one of 31 new female partners at Texas' largest firms.

Movers and Shakers: Firms Put Emphasis on Lateral Hire Integration

By Jeanne Graham |

Once the wining and dining, the vetting and the negotiations are over, the process of successfully adding a lateral partner to a firm really begins. "It takes two years for a firm to integrate a lateral partner," says Tim Powers, lateral hiring partner and member of the board of directors for 521-lawyer Haynes and Boone.