First we take Nashville, then we take London...
Law firm Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada said Tuesday it is setting up an office in London to help its customers handle the various tax issues that come with doing business around the world. It's the 14th office for the firm, which a year ago made a big Nashville splash by taking on most of the former Miller & Martin office. At this point, four attorneys are based in the new outpost.
Nashville-headquartered law firm Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis has signed a lease for space on the 22nd floor of the 100 Congress Building in downtown Austin. The move follows Waller announcing its expansion to Austin in June 2012.
The 10,799 square feet of Class A office space will house the firm’s growing team of attorneys and staff led by Waller partners Elizabeth Rogers and Fletcher Brown, as well as Amanda Jester, who is joining the firm on May 6.
Will Douglas and Jerry Frey with CBRE Austin represented Waller in the transaction. Troy Holme and Katie Ekstrom, with CBRE in Austin, represented the landlord, New York-based Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
“CBRE worked closely with Waller COO Teresa Walker to source a prime CBD location which would give the firm an immediate and noteworthy presence in Austin,” said Jerry Frey, a senior vice president. “We were able to negotiate and bring to consummation the lease transaction in less than 90 days due to Waller’s clear objectives and decisive action.”
A number of local law firms — some headquartered in Nashville, others with prominent offices here — are featured on BTI Consulting Group's recently published BTI Brand Elite ranking of top firms as seen by in-house counsel at many of the world's largest companies. Making the list are locally based firms Bass Berry & Sims and Waller. Ranked firms headquartered elsewhere but with a solid presence here include Adams and Reese, Baker Donelson, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Burr & Forman, Butler Snow, Frost Brown Todd, Nelson Mullins, Ogletree Deakins, Pillsbury Winthrop and Stites & Harbison.
The consultants' list — check out an executive summary here — features more than 200 firms that score well on recommendations, value delivered and innovation. Of note: The BTI team, which interviewed more than 500 in-house attorneys, did not prompt the lawyers with firm names. All mentions were unsolicited.
Stites & Harbison has opened its ninth office after luring three Cincinnati-area attorneys specializing in construction and real estate law. The outpost in Covington across the Ohio river from downtown Cincinnati will handle cases in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.