Cantey Hanger LLP at a Glance


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About Cantey Hanger LLP

Formed in the late nineteenth century in the then booming oil town of Fort Worth, Texas, Cantey Hanger has grown into a mid-sized, full-service firm specializing in business law and litigation. Cantey Hanger has served a wide-range of clients in a variety of industries from its two offices in Texas: Fort Worth and Dallas.

Fort Worth Your While

In 1883, attorneys William Capps and S.B. Cantey Sr. formed a law firm in Fort Worth, and Texas state senator and criminal law attorney William Hanger joined the practice in 1905. In its early years, the firm represented banks, utilities and transportation companies, industries which still make up a portion of its client base today. As Fort Worth has diversified, so has Cantey Hanger, with clients in aviation and aerospace, insurance, engineering and municipalities. The bulk of Cantey Hanger's legal team remains in its Fort Worth headquarters, but the firm opened a Dallas office in 1990 that has nearly doubled in size the past five years.

General Practice Makes Perfect

Attorneys at Cantey Hanger, a general practice firm, can expect to work on a broad spectrum of matters from commercial litigation to high-profile transactions. The firm has been recognized as a north Texas leader in aviation and aerospace law, bankruptcy, environmental, health & insurance law, labor & employment, tax & estate planning, eminent domain, public & regulatory and commercial litigation, to name a few. Cantey Hanger is particularly active in the employment litigation arena. The department also handles safe working condition cases and workplace discrimination litigation.

Cantey Hanger has worked with clients such as Frito Lay, City of Fort Worth, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Atmos Energy, Sabre Holdings, Jacobs Engineering, PetroMax Operating Company, Fidelity Title Group., Mercury Exploration Corporation and Miller Brewing Company.

Legal Aid, Family Law

On the pro bono side, many Cantey Hanger attorneys devote their time to taking on family law cases, including divorce, custody, and child support cases, for Legal Aid. Spokespeople for Legal Aid have said that Cantey Hanger's assistance is particularly crucial because many legal volunteers prefer to avoid family law.

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Cantey Hanger LLP

600 West 6th Street
Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 877-2800


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Michael Appleman
  • Hiring Partner: John Polzer
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 66

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information. 

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Appellate • Aviation • Banking • Bankruptcy • Business Law • Commercial Litigation • Construction • Corporate/Securities • Creditors’ Rights • Eminent Domain/Property Rights • Energy • Environmental Law • Estate Planning • Family Law • Governmental Litigation and Public Law • Health Law • Immigration Law • Insurance Coverage • Intellectual Property • Internal Investigations • Labor/Employment • Litigation • OSHA Defense • Public/Regulatory • Real Estate • Restrictive Covenants Prohibiting Competition • School • Tax • Transportation • Trusts & Estates • Wage/Hour • White Collar Criminal Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Fort Worth, TX (HQ) • Dallas, TX