Anonymous User wrote:Complete truth. Gibson rules the Dallas corporate market at the moment.
I think that's quite an exaggeration. Gibson has some top notch lawyers and does some very sophisticated work, but it does not "rule" the Dallas corporate market. I would put it in the top tier, though.
In my opinion, the top corporate work in Dallas is at V&E, Jones Day, Akin Gump, Weil and Gibson Dunn. Right behind that tier, I would put Haynes and Boone and Thompson & Knight (and maybe Fulbright and Baker Botts).
V&E still has great work because of the name (despite all the partner defections to Gibson Dunn), but their Corporate group is pretty stuffy and they are infamous for stringing people along and telling them they'll make partner and then pushing them out in their 8th/9th year.
Jones Day has great work and one of the largest groups in town, but their Capital Markets group is notorious for having some real a**holes and people always seem to be leaving (you'd be shocked how fast they cycle through people there). M&A is supposed to be better.
Akin Gump has good work, but until the arrival of the 6 Haynes and Boone people, it was mostly focused on Capital Markets. The HB group brings some needed M&A experience. Culturally, the AG Corporate group is known to be pretty miserable (not that they're mean, just miserably dull) with little interaction between partners and associates, but the HB group is apparently changing that.
Weil has good work, but there's literally no shot at making partner, and they don't seem to be that busy (hence the layoffs).
Gibson Dunn I've discussed above - great work, mostly friendly people, but no chance at making partner and the hours are notoriously high.
If you want to make partner, your best bets are V&E and AG in this group (though they're still low). If you want to go in house, any of these firms will look great on your resume and provide you with the necessary experience.
As for HB and TK, they both have much better partnership chances and plenty of work, but the work is definitely less sophisticated. TK's group is smaller, but HB's group is shrinking. HB also lost about half of their M&A team and the head of the section (who was a Capital Markets guy).
ETA: BB and Fulbright both have good national reputations, but their Dallas Corporate practices are small and not that busy. You almost never see their names come up when doing deals or looking at League Tables. Even BB's Houston office seems to be losing its reputation as a top transactional firm.
If anyone wants more info, let me know via reply post and I can PM you.