About Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
With close to 150 attorneys, Chamberlain has roots in Texas—with two offices in the Lone Star state. The firm is probably best known for its experience in tax law, although its work extends far beyond this initial 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 still has a core tax practice but has expanded to other areas as well.
The firm has also expanded its geographic reach. In 1986, Chamberlain opened an Atlanta office, which now has more than 40 attorneys and is strong in tax law. In 2007, the firm opened an office in Philadelphia (actually in Conshohocken, PA) where a small group of attorneys work in areas like domestic and international tax planning, tax controversy and litigation. More recently, the Philadelphia office has embraced practice areas like intellectual property, regulatory and trusts and estates planning. Chamberlain's San Antonio office opened in 2010, with a core practice in one of the firm’s founding strengths: tax law.
Tax All-Stars and Then Some
Chamberlain's roots are in tax law, but with the addition of more partners, the Houston firm has 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.
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 lowering billing rates for struggling clients, Chamberlain not only reeled in clients from their BigLaw competitors but attracted top-notch attorneys too.
Chamberlain doesn’t just practice law—it writes about it too. The firm is quote prolific, with five blogs relating to different areas: Business and International Tax Developments Blawg, Labor and Employment Blog, Maritime Blog, SALT Blawg, and Tax Blawg.
News & Awards
Thompson Reuters has named eight Chamberlain lawyers to its 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list. The attorneys selected work in five different practice areas, including business litigation, estate planning and probate, labor and employment, tax, and transportation/maritime.
Twenty-nine attorneys from Chamberlain were named to US News 2020 Best Lawyers in America®. Additionally, four of the firm’s attorneys were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year.”
Daily Report featured Chamberlain’s managing partner David Aughtry in a Q&A. Aughtry was recognized by the publication’s Georgia Legal Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In the Q&A, Aughtry shares what drew him to practicing tax law, his proudest representations, key mentoring he has received.
Law360 recognized seven lawyers from Chamberlain who were promoted to equity shareholder or shareholder.
1200 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 658-1818
Managing Partner: Larry A. Campagna
Hiring Partner: Wayne A. Risoli
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
100 - 150
All offices (Average)
First Year: $138,000
Summer Associate: $2,750 per week
Events and Recruiting Coordinator
No. of U.S. Offices: 4
No. of International Offices: 0
Houston, TX (HQ)
San Antonio, TX
Condemnation and Eminent Domain
Corporate, Securities & Finance
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Estate & Income Tax Planning & Estate Administration
Federal White Collar Criminal Defense
Labor & Employment
Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
Qualified Opportunity Zones
State and Local Tax Planning & Controversy
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.