Gina Betts. Courtesy photo.

Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney has added 10 more lawyers to its new Dallas office, which opened Wednesday with a total of 15 lawyers who formerly worked at Schiff Hardin in Dallas.

Gina Betts, a Dorsey & Whitney partner who had been coordinating partner of the Schiff Hardin office in Dallas, said all but one of the lawyers from that office joined Dorsey & Whitney in Dallas.

“We didn’t move. We are in our same space. We have the same telephone numbers, but different email addresses,” Betts said.

Although Schiff Hardin is closing its Dallas office, labor and employment partner Tracey Wallace is staying with the firm and will work in Dallas.


In early February, Dorsey & Whitney announced the opening of an office in Dallas with the Schiff Hardin lawyers. The firm initially announced that Larry Makel, Stan Mayo, Betts, Jason DuVall and Jamie Grammer Whatley would join the firm as partners, and others from the office were expected to join them.

Today, Dorsey & Whitney announced that Stuart Chasanoff, Melissa Hicks Hutchison and Michael Lii joined the firm as of counsel in Dallas, along with seven associates. The associates are Soden Abraham, Rachel Grim, Brandon Karas, Jillian Luby, Adam Nelson, Thomas Woolsey and Richard Zaleskie.

Additionally, Kevin Dooley joined Dorsey & Whitney as a senior counsel in Minneapolis.

Betts said all of the lawyers in the Dorsey & Whitney office do mezzanine finance and private equity work, along with other corporate finance, including M&A. She said the firm expects to hire more lawyers in Dallas soon­­—in those areas and in bankruptcy, commercial litigation and real estate.

With the addition of the new Dallas location, Dorsey & Whitney now has 20 offices. Betts said she is excited about Dorsey & Whitney’s international reach, including offices in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong, because some of her clients do business internationally.

Schiff Hardin opened its Dallas office in October 2014 by hiring nine corporate finance and securities lawyers, including several who moved to Dorsey & Whitney. In February, Schiff Hardin managing partner Marci Eisenstein said the Chicago-based firm reviewed its operations and examined all of its offices. She said in a statement the firm had been “considering our options in Dallas for some time now and we believe this is a good result for everyone.”


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