Surveys and Rankings

SPECIAL REPORT: Addiction and Depression in the Legal Profession

According to recent studies, the suicide rate in the lawyer population is six times the rate in the general population, and is the third leading cause of death among lawyers.

Meet our 2015 Lifetime Achievement Winners

By Heather D. Nevitt |

This list recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State.

2015 Legal Departments of the Year

Texas Lawyer’s editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of our 2015 Legal Departments of the Year awards.

Texas Lawyer's Annual Firm Finance Report

The Annual Report on Firm Finance also includes a Profitability Index, which shows whether equity partners in a firm are taking home more or less than average RPL, and a firm-by-firm analysis that helps to explain financial results from each of the top 25 firms.

Aaron M. Kaufman, shareholder, Cox | Smith, Dallas

New Partner Survey: Largest Firms in Texas Make 102 New Partners

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The number of new partners in 2015 at 22 of the 25 firms with the most lawyers in Texas down by 7.3 percent compared with 2014.

Dee J. Kelly Jr., managing partner in Fort Worth's Kelly Hart

Come to Texas, Y'all: Texas Lawyer's Lateral Moves Survey Shows Firm Growth in 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The 19 firms that participated in the Lateral Hiring Survey hired 6 percent more Texas laterals in 2014 than in 2013.

Marvin D. Nathan, president and founding shareholder, Nathan Sommers Jacobs

Texas Firms Have Optimistic Outlook for 2015

By Jeanne Graham |

Sixty-one law firm leaders shared their opinions in Texas Lawyer's Managing Partners Survey. The annual survey collects data about management strategies and techniques used by firms of all sizes, both Texas-based and out-of-state firms with Texas operations.

Felicity Fowler, partner, Haynes and Boone, Dallas

Minorities Making Slow Headway Into Big Law Hierarchy

By Jeanne Graham |

While minorities make up 15.1 percent of the lawyers at the firms in the survey, they are 9.7 percent of the partners and only 8.2 percent of the equity partners. Those percentages are slightly higher than the statistics for the same firms for 2013 when the numbers were 14.3 percent, 9.5 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively.

Survey: New Associates Want to Make a Big Splash in Smaller Pool

By Jeanne Graham |

According to Texas Lawyer's 2014 New Associate Hires Survey, the 2014 class is 14.1 percent smaller than it was in 2013 at the same 21 firms.

From right (front) to left: Roger Nober, executive vice president, law and corporate affairs; Judy Carter, vice president, compliance & audit, and secretary; Orest Dachniwsky, associate general counsel, litigation; Jill Mulligan, associate general counsel, regulatory; Charles Shewmake, vice president and general counsel, litigation

2014 Texas Legal Departments of the Year

Texas Lawyer's editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Legal Departments of the Year awards. We have selected corporate legal departments from Texas-based companies that stand out in six specific categories of achievement.