About Jackson Walker L.L.P.


Jackson Walker is the largest firm contained completely in Texas. The firm has more than 380 attorneys practicing in a broad range of practice areas in seven offices across the Lone Star State: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo, San Antonio, and Texarkana. JW represents 76 of the Fortune 500 companies and six of the Fortune 10. Internationally, JW attorneys have represented clients in more than 85 countries and territories, and the firm is a founding member of Globalaw, a worldwide network of law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and in more than 165 cities internationally.

Big D Beginnings

The firm that would become Jackson Walker began in 1887 when former school teacher W.J.J. Smith started his practice in Dallas. In the 1890s two brothers, John and George Robertson, came to Dallas and entered into a partnership with Smith.  In its early days, the firm then known as Smith, Robertson & Robertson helped form the The Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas County Gas Company, as well as railroads, insurance companies, and other businesses in the city as it began to emerge as a commercial hub. Both of the current name partners joined the firm in 1948. J. Paul Jackson was an experienced oil and gas attorney and an expert on tax law who had argued several times before the Supreme Court. A.W. "Jess" Walker, Jr. was a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law for 23 years and was known as the father of Texas oil and gas law. The firm then became known as Robertson, Jackson, Payne, Lancaster and Walker, changing to Jackson & Walker LLP (and later Jackson Walker LLP) in 1988.

Rangers and Mavericks

Shortly after moving the Washington Senators to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1971 and renaming them the Texas Rangers, owner Bob Short sold the MLB team to an ownership group led by Brad Corbett. Future Forth Worth partner Albon Head represented the buyers' group in the purchase and assisted in the formation and representation of the Texas Rangers in the 1970s as well as representing ownership group led by future President George W. Bush in the 1990s. In 1980 when Texas businessman Don Carter brought an expansion NBA team to Dallas, the firm helped to incorporate the new Dallas Mavericks. 

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Jackson Walker L.L.P.

2323 Ross Ave.
Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 953-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Wade Cooper
  • Hiring Partners: Mike Laussade (Dallas); Michelle Smith (Austin); Kathy Silver & Priya Coffey (Houston); Lauren Ciminello (San Antonio); Jay Rutherford (Fort Worth)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 380

  • Base Salary
    1st year:  $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd - 8th year: Salary levels range from $200,000 to $270,000 (or higher for most productive senior associates).
    Summer associate: $3,462/ week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    16 out of 19 (2Ls only) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Agriculture • Antitrust • Appellate • Aviation and Aerospace • Commodities and Derivatives • Construction • Corporate and Securities • Cybersecurity, Data Breach and Privacy • Eminent Domain • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (ERISA) • Energy Law • Entertainment • Environmental • Finance • Government Affairs • Health Care • Immigration • Insurance • Intellectual Property • International • Investment Funds and Investor Representation • JW Startup • Labor and Employment • Land Use and Municipal Law • Litigation • Media • Public Finance • Public-Private Partnerships • Real Estate • Restructuring, Reorganization and Bankruptcy Litigation • Special Investigations • Tax • Technology • Wealth Planning, Probate and Trusts

Major Office Locations

  • Austin • Dallas • Fort Worth • Houston • San Angelo • San Antonio • Texarkana