(L-to-R) Donald Jackson and Felicity Fowler

Austin-based McGinnis Lochridge, which has already made 16 lateral hires this year, has now added two partners from Haynes and Boone and will open a new office in Dallas.

Labor and employment lawyer Felicity Fowler, who joined McGinnis Lochridge on May 23, will head the new Dallas office and split her time between Dallas and Houston. The other Haynes and Boone lateral hire is energy litigation attorney Donald Jackson, who is a McGinnis Lochridge alumni. He rejoined the firm in Houston on May 21.

McGinnis Lochridge managing partner Doug Dodds said client demand led to the decision to launch a new office in Dallas, which will open June 11.

“We’ve talked about opening a Dallas office for a while. We have clients in the area, but one missing part of that puzzle was who would build that office. Felicity is the right person,” Dodds said. ”We are thrilled to finally be in Dallas.”

Fowler said she decided to join McGinnis Lochridge because of the firm’s great reputation and also because of the exciting opportunity to build the firm’s new Dallas office. At Haynes and Boone, Fowler was the Houston office hiring partner and also chair of the attorney diversity and inclusion committee.

Jackson said he is happy to return to McGinnis Lochridge, where he started his career and has many friends. In addition, he felt it would be a good firm for his energy litigation practice.

“They have a lot of energy litigators. It’s like coming back home to a group of friends,” said Jackson, who joined the firm right after law school and worked there for seven years before moving to Haynes and Boone in 1993.

Both Fowler and Jackson said they brought clients to their new firm, but declined to identify them. Fowler, who represents management in employment litigation and related proceedings, said her clients are in the energy, health care, financial services and education spaces.

In a statement, Haynes and Boone managing partner Tim Powers wrote, “Don and Felicity were valued colleagues. We wish them well at their new firm.”

McGinnis Lochridge, like other Texas regional firms, has been responding to market pressures created by mergers and an influx of large, out-of-state firms, by adding lawyers and opening new offices in Texas. In February, the firm raided Austin’s Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, hiring 10 lawyers who do corporate, transactional, estate planning and tax work. In May, the firm hired Kevin Haney as a partner and opened an office in Decatur, which is located north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Haney represents clients in the electric energy industry and also does real estate, corporate and business transactions.