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Sheppard Mullin Opens Dallas Office

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP announced today the opening of an office in Dallas the firm’s eleventh in the United States and 16th worldwide.

“The firm has experienced 27 consecutive years of revenue growth. We will continue to expand in our existing markets, but Dallas is an ideal new market for future growth as we have nearly 100 clients who are either headquartered or have substantial operations in the area,” said Jon W. Newby, vice chairman of Sheppard Mullin. “The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has a dynamic and diversified economy which dovetails nicely with our broad practice mix and varied industry teams. We are thrilled to have attracted incredibly talented attorneys with diverse practices in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate and white collar to open the office and help us better serve our clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This great group of team-oriented individuals will help us further develop our new office.”

The founding partners in the new office, located at Chase Tower at 2200 Ross Avenue, include:
• Gemma L. Descoteaux, Stephen E. Fox and William B. Mateja from Polsinelli LLP
• Jennifer Klein Ayers and Steven G. Schortgen from K&L Gates LLP
• Carolyn R. Benson and Yvette J. Mabbun from Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C.
• Jason Mueller from Locke Lord LLP
• Dwight M. Francis from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (now Foley and Lardner LLP)
• Evan C. Williams from Hunton & Williams LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP)

The Dallas office will be led by managing partners Stephen Fox and Steven Schortgen and lateral hiring partner Gemma Descoteaux. The founding group brings substantial experience in commercial litigation, employment litigation and counseling, fund formation and management, intellectual property litigation and portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, real estate asset management and white-collar defense, including healthcare fraud and abuse and securities enforcement.

Fox, Schortgen and Descoteaux are excited by the opportunity to lead the Dallas office: “Sheppard Mullin’s reputation as a top-notch firm presents numerous opportunities for us to work with extraordinary talent and offers even more capabilities to our clients across the firm’s international platform. We were particularly impressed by the firm’s collegial culture, strong financial performance and success in growing other offices. We’re thrilled to be joining the firm and to grow the Dallas office from the ground up.”