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Jackson Walker LLP

2020 Vault Rankings

At a Glance

“The flexibility is great”

“Generally relaxed attitude and firm culture”

“Associates receive regular business development training and origination credit for work that they bring in”


“Compensation is not quite market”

“The hours”

“The workload isn't consistent”

About Jackson Walker LLP

Jackson Walker is the largest firm contained completely in Texas. The firm has more than 400 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. Jackson Walker represents six of the Fortune 10, 23 of the Fortune 100, and 68 of the Fortune 500. Internationally, 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 85 countries worldwide.

Big D Beginnings

Jackson Walker was established in 1887 when former schoolteacher W.J.J. Smith started his practice in Dallas. In the 1890s brothers John and George Robertson, came to Dallas and entered into a partnership with Smith. In the early days, the firm then known as Smith, Robertson & Robertson helped to form The Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas County Gas Company, and railroads, insurance companies, and other businesses that emerged as the city became a commercial hub. Both of the current name partners joined the firm in 1948. J. Paul Jackson was an experienced oil and gas and tax attorney who argued several times before the Supreme Court during his career. 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 became known as Robertson, Jackson, Payne, Lancaster and Walker before changing to Jackson & Walker LLP in 1988 and current name today Jackson Walker LLP.

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.

Jackson Walker LLP

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


Chairman and Managing Partner: C. Wade Cooper
Recruiting Chairs: Mike Laussade (Dallas); Kimberly Gdula (Austin); Lindsey Moorhead and Luke Gilman (Houston); Matt Swantner (San Antonio); Colin Murchison (Fort Worth)

Base Salary

1st year:  $190,000
Summer associate: $3,654/ week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
12 out of 14 (2Ls) (2018)

Major Office Locations

Dallas, TX (HQ)
Austin, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
San Angelo, TX
San Antonio, TX
Texarkana, TX

Major Departments & Practices

Aviation and Aerospace
Commodities and Derivatives
Corporate and Securities
Cybersecurity, Data Breach and Privacy
Eminent Domain
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (ERISA)
Energy Law
Government Affairs
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Investment Funds and Investor Representation
JW Startup
Labor and Employment
Land Use and Municipal Law
Public Finance
Public-Private Partnerships
Real Estate
Restructuring, Reorganization and Bankruptcy Litigation
Special Investigations
Wealth Planning, Probate and Trusts