HOUSTON—Womble Bond Dickinson celebrated the firm’s arrival in Houston with a Grand Opening reception, which took place on Tuesday evening, May 14 at Treehouse at The Grove in the heart of Downtown Houston’s beautiful Discovery Green Park.
More than 100 of the firm’s leadership, US and UK partners, clients and friends attended the Grand Opening. Confirmed attendees represented over 80 Houston companies.
Womble Bond Dickinson opened its Houston office in January. The new office is located at 811 Main Street, a modern 46-story office tower. Womble Bond Dickinson’s Houston attorneys provide a full range of services, including corporate, intellectual property and litigation, to companies in the global energy, advanced manufacturing, technology and life sciences sectors.
“We have wanted to come to Houston for quite some time, but we wanted to make sure we had the right team in place. I think we have assembled that team, and we will continue to add top talent here in Houston,” said Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP Chair & CEO Betty Temple. “Houston is a fast-growing center for innovation, and we are happy to be here.”
Houston Office Managing Partner Jeff Whittle said, “While many of us have practiced in Houston for years, we wanted to introduce our new firm to our clients, colleagues and the overall business and legal community. Womble Bond Dickinson is an outstanding law firm that offers a deep bench of experienced attorney and is a growing global brand. We are proud to bring the firm home to Houston.”
Houston is a go-to market for companies in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, including many clients already served by Womble Bond Dickinson. Womble Bond Dickinson’s team includes 25 attorneys with Ph.D./Doctorate degrees, mostly in the STEM fields, as well as more than 140 lawyers with STEM-related Master’s degrees. In addition, the Houston metro area is the fourth-fastest growing metropolitan area in the US—and its demographics are diverse and young.
Firm attendees at the Grand Opening also included firm Vice Chair Ellen Gregg, attorneys Todd Billmire, Mike Cashin, Josh Davis, Melinda Davis Lux, Brad De Vore, Tony Guerino, Jeff Hay, Chris Jones, Sarah Keefe, Kristin Lamb, John Morrow, Ric Morton, Liz Riley, Lisa Rushton, Mark Shelley, Peter Snaith, Anna Soroko Paul Stockley, Leighton Stradtman, Joe Tirone, Paul Turner and Simon Watts, Houston Director of Administration Nicole Dashiell, Chief Marketing Officer Ashley Horne, and Chief Strategy Officer Bill Turner.