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McGuireWoods Announces Texas Expansion

HOUSTON - McGuireWoods LLP has announced that it has finalized an agreement to combine operations with the Houston-based firm of Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack LLP (Nickens Keeton). The agreement, pending final approval of the partnerships of both firms, will become effective Jan. 1, 2011. Nickens Keeton will operate under the McGuireWoods name. 

Founded in 2002, Nickens Keeton focuses on civil litigation, with preeminent Texas litigator J.C. Nickens as its lead name partner. Nickens and partners Richard Keeton, Tom Farrell and Paul Flack are among the most respected trial lawyers in Houston. Ron Franklin, currently with the Houston firm of Franklin Cardwell & Jones, will join Nickens Keeton on Dec. 1, thus becoming part of McGuireWoods once the transaction is complete.  Franklin has handled high profile civil cases for more than 30 years and is also an esteemed Houston trial lawyer.

Collectively, the five partners who will practice out of the Houston office will bring more than 160 years of combined experience handling complex civil cases of all types in Texas and across the country. 

This announcement continues a trend of growth for McGuireWoods, as this is the firm's fifth expansion in as many years. In 2009, the firm expanded its international presence by partnering with Grundberg, Mocatta & Rakison in London; in Charlotte, N.C., in 2008 by merging with Helms, Mullis & Wicker; and in 2006 by expanding its offices in Chicago and Los Angeles, after mergers with two separate law firms.

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