This year, Foley & Lardner LLP is celebrating the 20and anniversary of the opening of the Austin office. Office Managing Partner Kim Yelkin opened the Austin office in 2002 and has spent the past 20 years cultivating valuable relationships with colleagues, clients and the Texas state government.
As Austin continues to grow and the intersection between business and state and federal government deepens, Foley Austin’s office is well positioned as a hub for the industry’s leading government solutions practice. business, ensuring continued success for customers operating in the state of Texas.
The Austin office has developed a team with extensive experience navigating the legislative process, all branches of government, state and local agencies, and their complex regulatory compliance standards. Beyond that, however, the clear differentiator for Foley Austin has been the collaborative culture that’s been part of the office’s DNA since day one.
Foley Austin’s Story
Shortly after the Austin office was established in 2002 (formerly Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP prior to consolidation in 2018), partners Ed Burbach and Nan Beaird joined the team to develop the government solutions and offices of Attorneys General of the office. The office then added Rob Johnson, Tina Silcocks and John Sepehri to further bolster the staffing of attorneys general, insurance, legislative, transactional and regulatory practices.
When Gardere and Foley joined forces on April 1, 2018, the already well-established and collaborative group of attorneys in the Austin office came together and continued to grow, with the additions of Craig Chick, Director of Public Affairs and Amy Beard, Public Affairs Manager. to advise. Most recently, Stephanie Pierce, formerly of Foley’s Milwaukee office, relocated to Austin, where she will continue to focus on National Insurance transactional and regulatory matters.
Throughout the bureau’s 20-year history, these strategic additions have expanded the bureau’s government solutions practice and strengthened Foley’s ties to the Texas state government.
While these are just a few of the notable members of the Foley Austin team, the collaborative culture within the office is driven by the entire team. It would not be complete without the outstanding professional staff and their contributions to office culture and strategy over the past two decades.
An exceptional culture
“The collaborative culture of the Foley Austin office is the main reason our professionals have stuck with us over the years,” Yelkin said. “Our office lives Foley’s core values. As we celebrate 20 years of Foleyand anniversary in Austin, our office continues to grow. Clients in all industries, including Foley’s four strategic sectors – Energy, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Innovative Technologies and Manufacturing – are aware of the impact federal, state and local governments have on their businesses.
“Foley’s culture is incredibly supportive,” Beard added. “There is never an event in life that unfolds without caring recognition and genuine interest from my Austin team members.”
Foley also gives back to the Austin community. Since Foley is a company-wide partner with the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA), the Foley Austin team works with the BCGA Austin Chapter to fund scholarships, organize fundraisers sports equipment and coordinate and volunteer at several educational events.
Additionally, attorneys and staff volunteer with various organizations, including The Grand Court Order of Calanthe of Texas Inc., Center for Child Protection, Seedling Mentor Program, and Habitat for Humanity Texas.
The Growing Influence of Austin, Texas
“Foley offers unparalleled bench strength and a unique specialization in how government intersects with key industries that drive Texas and national economies,” said Burbach, who leads Foley’s government solutions practice and co-chairs the practice of state attorneys general.
In the post-pandemic era, the strengths of Foley’s Austin office are felt across the company as its offices become increasingly interconnected. Several members of the Foley Austin team work in multiple offices, including attorney David Cabrales, who practices in Austin and Dallas, and partner Val Perkins, who works in Austin and Houston. Additionally, San Francisco partner Brandee Diamond, who focuses her transactional practice on tech companies and startups, recently passed the Texas bar exam and is now also a member of the Austin office, serving as another resource. transnational for Foley customers.
In addition to promoting connectivity between offices, the Austin office continues to focus on local growth. Short-term goals include recruiting transactional and emerging technology lawyers with industry knowledge who can further strengthen the Foley Austin office.
“Texas will continue to be the hottest single-state legal market of any state in the country, and Austin will increasingly become a part of that boom in legal work in Texas,” Cabrales said. “The Foley Austin team is made up of well-seasoned veterans at the top of their field. With Foley Austin’s world-class level of experience and collaborative culture, the team is well positioned to continue to drive exceptional results for our clients.
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