2020 Vault Rankings
“The culture rewards innovation and entrepreneurship”
“Opportunity for growth”
“Less training than I would like”
“Large law firm hours generally”
In April 2018, Texas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell merged with Foley & Lardner to form Foley Gardere (at least in Texas, FOley & Lardner is keeping its name elsewhere). Before the merger Garder had grown into an Am Law 200 firm and one of the Southwest’s largest full-service law firms, serving clients from three of the largest cities in Texas, as well as Colorado and Mexico, and covering more than 40 different areas of practice.
Founded in Dallas in 1909, Gardere steadily built a regional presence based out of Texas. In 1993, the firm expanded into Houston and in 1995, it merged with Houston law firm Sewell & Riggs, strengthening the firm’s energy and litigation practices. In 2002, Gardere added an office in Texas’ capital city; the Austin office has an influential lobbying arm that provides legislative and regulatory services to firm clients.
Becoming a Tex-Mex outfit, the firm opened a small office in Mexico City in 1992 with the goal of providing a strategic solution to accommodate the needs of its clients investing in, and operating businesses on, both sides of the border and throughout Mexico and Latin America. In 1996, Gardere further expanded its Mexico and Latin America presence when it partnered with Mexican firm Arena y Asociados, S.C. Then in 2014, Gardere brought the Mexico City operations completely into the fold as a wholly owned subsidiary, Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C. (now Foley Gardere Arena).
Hall of Fame
Foley Gardere is also well respected for its pro bono and community work. The firm has been named pro bono law firm of the year several times by the Dallas Bar Association and is enshrined in the association’s Pro Bono Hall of Fame. Beneficiaries of Gardere’s pro bono work include the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, I Have a Dream Foundation and the Youth for Tomorrow Foundation. Firm associates receive billable hour credit for up to 100 hours of pro-bono hours worked at the firm.
One of the firm’s most notable and high profile commitments is the annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which the firm has run since 1993. Presented in the spirit of learning and celebration, the program was designed to extol the work and teachings of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and highlight the cultural diversity of the community, while recognizing and encouraging the writing and presentation skills of elementary school students. All finalists receive monetary gifts of varying amounts and other prizes, and each participating school receives a book on civil rights for their libraries.
Energy and More
Foley Gardere has earned a strong reputation in litigation, corporate law, tax, and--not surprisingly for a top Texas firm--it's top-notch energy practice. Several firm partners have landed on the “Who's Who in Energy” list compiled by business journals in several cities, including Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Antonio. The firm also has a flourishing private equity practice underpinned by a strategically-focused interdisciplinary team of attorneys.
In 2013, Garderd named Holland O’Neil, a bankruptcy and restructuring partner, as the chair of that board, becoming one of only a handful of BigLaw firms to be led by a woman. In 2014, O’Neil was named one of five “Women at the Pinnacle of the Legal Profession” by the Association of Women Attorneys.
2021 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 999-3000
Chairwoman and Managing Partner: Holland O’Neil
Recruiting Chairs: Robert Slovak & Scott Ellis
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,461.54/week
Summer Associate Offers:
9 out of 11 (2Ls) (2017)
Dallas, TX (HQ)
Banking and Finance
Chemical and Refining
Financial Restructuring and Reorganization
Labor and Employment