When Houston trial firm Beirne, Maynard & Parsons dissolved in 2016, 30 lawyers jumped to Akerman in Texas and another 10 formed their own boutique, Parsons McEntire McCleary & Clark, with offices in Dallas and Houston.
Nearly two years later, insurance litigators David Clark and Kristen McDanald have left Parsons McEntire and reunited with their former co-workers at Akerman’s Houston office.
Clark and McDanald joined Akerman as partners on May 23. Additionally, associate Rick Gene Boepple headed to Akerman on June 4. He was joined at the firm this week by associate Mark Shutt.
Scott Marrs, regional managing partner in Texas for Akerman, said in a statement that Clark and McDanald bring “immediate value to our Houston team and nationally.” Marrs used to work with Clark and McDanald at Beirne Maynard.
“David and Kristen bring decades of combined experience in high stakes, multi-district insurance litigation, bolstering our core capabilities for insurance carriers,” wrote Lawrence Rochefort, the West Palm Beach, Florida-based chairman of Akerman’s litigation practice.
Neither Clark nor McDanald were available for interviews Thursday, but Clark wrote in a statement that Akerman is a “perfect fit” for his practice because it has experienced litigators in 24 offices.
“In the insurance sector alone, the firm serves as panel counsel for numerous insurance companies, representing insurers nationwide across a number of areas,” he said.
McDanald wrote that she and Clark were attracted to Akerman’s bench strength in other practices, which provides cross-selling opportunities.
Jeffrey Parsons, chairman of Parsons McEntire, declined to comment on the pair of departures.
Akerman expanded in a big way in Texas two years ago when 30 Beirne Maynard lawyers moved to the Florida-based firm and expanded its reach with outposts in Austin, Houston, New Orleans and San Antonio. The 631-lawyer Akerman, which has watched its gross revenue rise for seven straight years, now has 65 lawyers in Texas.