Stephen Seidel, managing shareholder in the San Antonio office of Winstead
Stephen Seidel, managing shareholder in the San Antonio office of Winstead ()

Stephen Seidel, a former general counsel at Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI) of San Antonio, joined Winstead on June 16 as managing shareholder of the San Antonio office.

Seidel has had a varied career in San Antonio: He was managing director of Cox Smith Matthews before moving in 2005 to KCI, where he was executive vice president and general counsel. He later served as global president of KCI’s Therapeutic Support System Business in San Antonio. After he left that job at the end of 2012, he said, he did consulting work.

Seidel said he was anxious to return to the practice of law and wanted a firm where he can work on large transactions.

“I’m just excited to have the opportunity to do that again,” he said, noting that while at KCI, he worked on some “very nice, large transactions.” Among those, according to Winstead’s press release, were KCI’s $1.9 billion acquisition of LifeCell Corp. in 2008 and KCI’s $6.3 billion leveraged buyout in 2011.

Seidel said he chose to join Winstead because of the firm’s “talent” in some key areas, including transactions, oil and gas, and health care, and also because of the Dallas-based firm’s focus on Texas and San Antonio.

The 313-lawyer firm has seven lawyers in its San Antonio office. It also has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and The Woodlands, as well as in Charlotte, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.