About Chamberlain Hrdlicka
At about 150 attorneys strong, Chamberlain Hrdlicka is well known for its experience in tax law. The firm’s work now extends to multiple other practices while maintaining its tax focus.
Expanding Its Reach
In the 1960s, Hank Chamberlain and George Hrdlicka, former members of the Justice Department's tax division, founded a Houston firm with a vision of creating a tax law boutique. Today, Chamberlain Hrdlicka still has a core tax practice, but the firm has expanded to other areas—and at the same time, the firm has expanded its geographic reach. In 1986, the firm opened an Atlanta office. In 2007, the firm opened an office in Philadelphia, where attorneys specialize in domestic and international tax planning, tax controversy, and litigation. In 2010, Chamberlain Hrdlicka expanded its Texas presence by opening an office in San Antonio has continued to grow.
Tax All-Stars and Then Some
Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s roots are in tax law, and more than one-third of the firm’s lawyers practice entirely in tax law or have a strong tax background. The firm expanded its expertise to include practice areas such as securities and finance, estate planning, international and immigration law, intellectual property, energy and maritime law, real estate, and litigation. The firm serves clients ranging from small startups to large, multinational corporations in industries including automotive, banking, bioscience, chemical, construction, energy, financial, insurance, manufacturing, medical, real estate, retail, and technology.
A share of Chamberlain's practice is serving as corporate counsel for companies which already have in-house legal departments, and the firm prides itself on the "flexibility and responsiveness" it can exhibit as a mid-sized firm working with in-house counsel. When larger firms resisted keeping billing rates lower for clients, Chamberlain Hrdlicka not only reeled in clients from their Big Law competitors, but attracted top-notch attorneys too.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka doesn’t just practice law—it writes about it too. The firm maintains seven prolific blogs relating to different areas of law: Business and International Tax Developments Blog; Employee Benefits “E-Blawg”; Immigration Blog; Labor and Employment Blog; Maritime Proctor Blog; SALT (State and Local Tax) Blawg; and the Tax Blawg. These blogs keep readers apprised of news and analysis related to these areas of the law.
News & Awards
Chamberlain welcomes associates Zack Anderson, Brent Bartlett, Gabriella Cole, Jamihlia F. Johnson, and Peter D. Rehm to the firm’s growing Atlanta office. Anderson joins the Commercial Litigation and Construction practices; Bartlett, Cole, and Johnson join the Tax Controversy and Litigation practice; and Rehm joins the International Tax practice. These attorneys are the latest additions to Chamberlain’s Atlanta office, which has been experiencing rapid growth in 2021, adding six additional lawyers to its headcount since January.
Law360 announced its 2021 Tax Authority International Advisory Board, and Atlanta-based shareholder Hale Sheppard was elected to the editorial advisory board. Hale Sheppard is in the Chamberlain Tax Controversy & Litigation practice and Chair of the Chamberlain International Tax practice. He defends clients in tax audits, tax appeals, and Tax Court litigation, covering both domestic and international issues. The Law360 Tax Authority International Advisory Board will provide feedback on Law360’s coverage. The Advisory Board will also give insights on how best to shape future coverage.
The Houston Business Journal selected Chamberlain Hrdlicka among the finalists for its 2021 Middle Market 50 Awards in recognition of the firm’s continued growth. Just in 2020, the firm expanded its services by adding Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Creditor Rights; Data Security & Privacy; Technology & IP Transactions; and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Audits & Investigations practices, as well as eight new attorneys in Houston.
For just the second time, the Houston Business Journal has recognized the fastest-growing for-profit public and private mid-market companies based in Houston. To qualify, companies must have been in business for at least five years, earned between $28 million and $1 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2020, and be headquartered within the Houston metropolitan area. Finalists were selected based on percentage two-year revenue growth.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka announced that it elevated two of its shareholders to equity status and elevated three attorneys to shareholder status. Moving up to equity shareholders are Philadelphia-based attorneys Kevin F. Sweeney and Kenneth I. Trujillo. Moving to income shareholders are San Antonio-based attorney Jillian Gordon Foerster, Atlanta-based attorney Jeffrey S. Luechtefeld, and Houston-based attorney Julie R. Offerman.
1200 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 658-1818
Managing Partner: Larry Campagna
Hiring Partner: Wayne Risoli
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $145,000
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No. of U.S. Offices: 4
No. of International Offices: 0
Houston, TX (HQ)
San Antonio, TX
Commercial Litigation & Appellate
Corporate, Securities & Finance
Data Security & Privacy
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Estate & Income Tax Planning & Estate Administration
Federal White Collar Criminal Defense
Labor & Employment
Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
State and Local Tax Planning & Controversy
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.