Just before Thanksgiving, Shannon Gracey, a firm with its main office in Fort Worth and additional offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin announced that they were going through some major changes.
In a statement released by Rich Lowe, the firm’s managing partner said that the firm, which has a “long legacy of legal integrity and community involvement,” has seen a number of its partners retire at the same time that others left the firm. “With this in mind, the current partners are considering a variety of options and business alternatives with the goal of continuing to represent our clients thoroughly and effectively.”
However, other former Shannon Gracey partners have made statements that don’t paint a rosy picture of the dissolution of the once venerable firm.
Former Shannon Gracey partner, David Seidler, told Texas Lawyer that the firm is dissolving because of some “personalities” and “some issues they couldn’t solve.”
Lisa Jamieson a former Shannon Gracey partner and member of the firm’s management committee told Texas Lawyer “Shannon Gracey will not have any attorneys, won’t be paying attorneys after Dec. 31, so everybody will be making a move.”
Per an article in The Fort Worth Star Telegram, in an emergency motion for continuance filed in Tarrant county, 3 former Shannon Gracey attorneys, Roland Schafer, Brandon Jones, and Patrick Sheridan said: that the law firm’s partners “voted to dissolve” effective the end of 2016, forcing them “out of necessity” to form on Nov. 1 the law firm of Bonds Ellis Eppich Schafer Jones. “Most law firms plan and prepare for months before opening. Because of this accelerated timeline, Bond Ellis opened in one month’s time,” making it difficult to be prepared for the upcoming hearing.
So where are all the very talented and reputable former Shannon Gracey attorneys going? Here is what we know so far.
Former management committee member John Bonds and partners Christian Ellis, Joshua Eppich, Brandon Jones and Roland Schafer formed Bonds, Ellis, Eppich, Jones and Schafer. They also brought along associate attorneys Patrick Sheridan and Paul Lopez.
Former management committee member Lisa Jamieson along with attorneys Louis Stefanos, Natalie Brackett, Suzanne Taylor and Aimee Stone joined Pope Hardwick in Fort Worth.
Former managing partner, Rich Lowe, has joined Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP in their newly formed Fort Worth office.
Former partner Catherine Goodman joined Harris Bogle in Fort Worth.
Former management committee member Peter Blomquist joined Hartline Dacus in Houston along with attorneys Daniel Erwin and Matthew Gelina.
Former partners Mark Stratton and Craig Duewall joined Greenberg Traurig in Austin.
Former partner Cynthia Hill has joined Decker Jones in Fort Worth
Former longtime partner Monika Cooper has joined Moses Palmer in Fort Worth.
Former partners Richard Cheng and J. Quitman “Q” Stephens joined Munsch Hardt in Dallas.
Former partner David Seidler has joined Lacy Lyster Malone & Steppick in Fort Worth
Former partners Katarzyna “Kasia” Brozynski, and Barbara Kennedy joined Strasburger in Dallas. While former partner Warren Hoffman and attorney Michael J. Cenatiempo joined Strasburger in Houston. Associates Antonio Devora and Sorana Georgiana Ban joined Strasburger in Collin County.
Former partner Blake Hedgecock started his own firm, The Hedgecock Law Firm while former Partner John Strong joined the City of Fort Worth as an Assistant City Attorney. Former associate Nathan Winkler joined Brown Dean Proctor and Jordan Woody joined Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.