Houston

Municipal bond firm McCall, Parkhurst & Horton has expanded in Texas with a new Houston office, 99 years after the firm was founded in Dallas.

The firm’s Austin-based managing partner Carol Polumbo said McCall Parkhurst has long considered an office in Houston, especially given its work for many school districts and governmental entities in the Gulf Coast. But, finally, the timing was right.

“Houston is the largest population center of the state and has a very vibrant economy. We’ve always looked to have a Houston office and we found the right lawyers to help us out with that,” she said.

Jana Cogburn and Michael Harris joined McCall Parkhurst in May as of counsel in Houston.  Cogburn came from the public finance group at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she worked for 40 years, while Harris is a former Houston police officer who founded the The Harris Law Firm in Houston.

Mark Malveaux, a senior partner in McCall Parkhurst’s Dallas office, is also working in Houston to help launch the office.

While the lawyers started work at the firm in May, Polumbo said the firm announced the new location this week because the lawyers recently moved into temporary space in Two Allen Center, the downtown Houston office building where the firm will establish a permanent office.

Polumbo said the the 32-lawyer firm is looking to hire more lawyers for the Houston office. The firm opened its Austin office in 1986 and launched in San Antonio in 1987.

Cogburn said she moved to McCall Parkhurst because it was an opportunity she wanted to pursue. Harris could not be reached for immediate comment.

McCall Parkhurst is one of the nation’s leading municipal bond firms. It was among the leading U.S. firms in 2017 as bond counsel and as underwriter’s counsel for municipal bonds, according to data collected for The American Lawyer’s annual Corporate Scorecard.