Gruber Hail Johansen Shank, a prominent litigation boutique in Dallas announced on April 16th, that it would dissolve and close its doors. The firm, which was founded in 2006 when partners from Godwin Gruber split off, had a strong run peaking at over 30 attorneys in 2015.
Things started to change in early 2016 when Michael Hurst and 6 other lawyers left the firm he co-founded to join Lynn, Pinker, Cox & Hurst.
In 2017, David Elrod and 3 other attorneys left the firm to join Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton. Elrod had joined in 2015 when his boutique merged with Gruber Hail.
The final straw was when 3 promising young partners and 2 associates left in February to form litigation boutique Crawford, Wishnew & Lang.
In a quote provided to Texas Lawyer in April Gruber said: “The last several months, it really hit home. We did have some of our really great young partners start their own firm, which I appreciate. I did it a couple times. It just created an opportunity for the rest of the partnership to get together and decide what to do.”
The dust has finally settled and we now know where all the very talented attorneys from Gruber Hail Johansen Shank have landed.
Michael Gruber joined Dorsey.
Brian Hail rejoined Kane Russell Coleman & Logan.
Mark Johansen joined Perkins Coie.
Mark Shank joined Diamond McCarthy.
Tricia DeLeon joined Holland & Knight.
Trey Crawford, Dave Wishnew, Michael Lang and Jason Weber along with associates Mark “T.J.” Jones and Ali Ohlinger launched a boutique trial firm Crawford, Wishnew & Lang.
Orrin Harrison and Chelsea Hilliard joined Foley Gardere.
Tony Magee joined Ross IP Group.
Brian Mason joined Dorsey.
Gaby Rawlings joined Jackson Walker.
Steve Smith joined Perkins Coie.
Machir Stull joined Cantey Hanger.