Less than a year after launching a Dallas office, Polsinelli relocated to Saint Ann Court in Uptown to accommodate planned growth. The Dallas office opened in May 2011 with three attorneys bringing corporate, health care and private equity capabilities to the firm in Texas. The firm’s office in Saint Ann Court has accommodations for 38 attorneys and staff. Currently there are seven.
“We plan on building the Dallas office on the base of our core practices as we have recently done in Chicago, Denver and Phoenix,” said Chairman Russ Welsh. “Our growth in Dallas will continue in mergers and acquisitions, health care, commercial real estate and financial services. We are very pleased to be serving clients and building relationships in Texas.”
Dallas Shareholder Jon Henderson was one of the first Dallas attorneys to join Polsinelli in Texas. Henderson, whose practice focuses on advising middle market health care service companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other complex transactions and related regulatory matters in the health care industry, was attracted to the combination of the firm’s collaborative client service culture and the depth and breadth of its growing national health care practice which is now the sixth largest in the country.
“We are seeing a robust level of M&A and other consolidation activity in Texas and across the country among hospitals, physician groups and nearly every other type of health care provider along with an increased level of anti-trust, fraud and abuse and other regulatory and governmental enforcement activity,” said Henderson. “We will continue to grow our practice in Texas and across our geographic footprint in ways that best serve the needs of our clients and stakeholders.”
Texas’ strengthening economy and the upswing in the commercial real estate market are also providing growth opportunities for the firm.
“We expect the firm’s strength in the health care, financial services, and energy industries to help fuel the growth of our firm’s private equity practice,” said Shareholder William E. Swart, who was also part of the original group of attorneys to join the firm in Dallas. “The positive reception from business and community leaders in North Texas has been gratifying. They see the benefits of what we bring to this market: national capabilities with a rational cost structure.”
Long before the firm opened its Dallas office in May, 2011, Polsinelli had a deep Texas connection. Former Dallas Congressman Martin Frost is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Polsinelli. Frost represented the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years (1979-2005) prior to joining the firm. During his time in Congress, Frost served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus (the third ranking leadership position for House Democrats) and was dean of the Texas delegation in his last several terms in Congress.