Miami firm Greenberg Traurig, which has offices in Houston and Dallas, will open an office in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 1 with seven lawyers, including three who are leaving Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld‘s Austin office.

Douglas Atnipp, Greenberg Traurig’s managing shareholder in Houston, says the firm has eyed Austin since it opened the Houston office in 2005. "It’s part of our plan to be in the state capitals of the fast-growing economic centers. … Texas, California, Florida, New York and we are in D.C.," Atnipp says. "Part of our strategy is to be in the political capitals of the jurisdictions."