Legal Hiring Continues to Improve in Some Areas; One Dallas Firm Seeks Up to 30 Lawyers

Updated: Are more signs emerging of a thaw in legal hiring?

Earlier this week there was news that the Securities and Exchange Commission has so many lawyer openings that it has hired a headhunter. Now the Am Law Daily reports of increased hiring in a couple legal markets, but only one is in the United States.

Many Texas law firms are hiring, the Am Law Daily says, noting a report in the Dallas Business Journal. Hunton & Williams is planning to add 20 to 30 lawyers to its Dallas office over the next two years. The Business Journal article quotes Curtis Carlson, administrative partner for the firm’s Dallas office. “The market is coming around now where people are getting out of the bunker mentality,” he said.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based Polsinelli Shughart also just announced the opening of a Dallas office with a three-lawyer mergers and acquisitions team from K&L Gates and plans further growth there down the road.

Meanwhile, law firms are also hiring in Canada, although they are taking a cautious approach and making strategic hires, the Lawyers Weekly reports.

Updated at 6:44 p.m. to include information about Polsinelli Shughart’s new Dallas office.

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