Austin, Texas.
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Three lawyers from Hays & Owens, an energy regulatory and litigation boutique in Austin, have joined Jackson Walker’s office in the city.

John Hays and Gregg Owens joined Jackson Walker as partners, while Alicia French joined as senior counsel. They handle oil and gas matters before state and federal regulatory agencies and in court, and also do transactional work.

Hays said the group started talking to Dallas-based Jackson Walker several months ago about the move. He said they could not pass up the opportunity to join a larger firm with more resources, adding that it’s nice to be able to walk down the hall to consult with lawyers in other practice areas when clients have questions outside of his expertise.

Hays, who also teaches energy law and policy at the University of Texas School of Law, said he and Owens had practiced together at Hays & Owens for the last 14 years. “We thoroughly enjoyed our small firm,” he said.

Hays and Owens joined Jackson Walker on April 3, and Hays said French joined on April 10. He declined to identify clients they brought with them to the firm.

Owens did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Matt Dow, managing partner of the Jackson Walker office in Austin, wrote in a press release that the three lawyers are a great addition to the firm and their experience is invaluable in helping clients stay ahead of the curve.

Jackson Walker also recently added six intellectual property litigators in Houston.

Three lawyers from Hays & Owens, an energy regulatory and litigation boutique in Austin, have joined Jackson Walker ‘s office in the city.

John Hays and Gregg Owens joined Jackson Walker as partners, while Alicia French joined as senior counsel. They handle oil and gas matters before state and federal regulatory agencies and in court, and also do transactional work.

Hays said the group started talking to Dallas-based Jackson Walker several months ago about the move. He said they could not pass up the opportunity to join a larger firm with more resources, adding that it’s nice to be able to walk down the hall to consult with lawyers in other practice areas when clients have questions outside of his expertise.

Hays, who also teaches energy law and policy at the University of Texas School of Law , said he and Owens had practiced together at Hays & Owens for the last 14 years. “We thoroughly enjoyed our small firm,” he said.

Hays and Owens joined Jackson Walker on April 3, and Hays said French joined on April 10. He declined to identify clients they brought with them to the firm.

Owens did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Matt Dow, managing partner of the Jackson Walker office in Austin, wrote in a press release that the three lawyers are a great addition to the firm and their experience is invaluable in helping clients stay ahead of the curve.

Jackson Walker also recently added six intellectual property litigators in Houston.