Posted Feb 07, 2014 04:20 pm CST
Two longtime Vinson & Elkins partners have left the firm to form a litigation boutique.
Robert Schick and Morgan Copeland, Jr. joined Vinson & Elkins right after law school and practiced law there for more than 30 years. Their new firm, Schick & Copeland, will be located in Houston, report Texas Lawyer (sub. req.), the Houston Business Journal and a press release.
Schick was co-leader of the litigation and regulatory department at V&E for the last three years. He told Texas Lawyer the litigation boutique will allow more flexibility in billing and reduce the potential for conflicts of interest.
Copeland told Texas Lawyer that he and Schick have talked about building their own litigation boutique since they were associates. “It’s been a long-standing dream of ours,” he said, “and we have finally decided to pull the trigger and do it.”
The Houston Business Journal says the city’s energy sector is attractive to law firms. Seven out-of-state firms established Houston offices last year.
Also joining the new firm as an associate is Sabrina Little DiMichele, a staff attorney with the Texas Court of appeals who was previously an associate at Vinson & Elkins. The firm plans to add a few more associates this year and will use contract lawyers for document review, Copeland told Texas Lawyer.