The legal industry’s attraction to Austin continues as O’Melveny & Myers has launched an office in the Texas capital with an energy team from Thompson & Knight, which is losing lawyers prior to a pending merger with Holland & Knight.

Thompson & Knight partner Phillip Oldham joined O’Melveny as a partner in Austin on June 2, while Rex VanMiddlesworth joined as senior counsel June 3. Thompson & Knight partners Benjamin Hallmark and Katie Coleman will join the office in the near future, according to O’Melveny.