Mike Perrin, Winstead.

Moving on from a nearly three-year stint as men’s athletics director for the University of Texas, trial lawyer Mike Perrin joined Winstead Monday as an of counsel lawyer in Houston.

Perrin will work on litigation as part of the health care, sports and university industry groups.

While his background is in litigation, Perrin said he learned a lot about the business side of sports and higher education while serving his alma mater as men’s athletics director, and said that will help him build a practice in those areas. After serving as interim men’s athletics director for three months, Perrin was appointed to serve as athletics director from December 2015 through the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Perrin said he left UT at the end of August and took a few months off for knee surgery.

He graduated from UT and the University of Texas School of Law, and played football for the university in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

Perrin said he’s known a number of Winstead’s senior lawyers for years, including his longtime friend and neighbor, Ross Margraves, a Winstead shareholder in Houston. Also, Perrin noted, his father-in-law, John Hill Jr., a former attorney general of the State of Texas, practiced at Winstead until his death in 2007.

Winstead’s network of offices in Texas is a good fit for Perrin’s practice, he said. The firm’s Texas offices are in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and The Woodlands.

David Dawson, chief executive officer of Winstead, said in a press release that Perrin’s reputation and his extensive relationships will benefit the firm’s clients and add value to its services.

Perrin was a solo practitioner in Houston before taking the UT job, but he previously practiced at Vinson & Elkins, King & Spalding and trial firm Fisher Gallagher Perrin & Lewis.

Perrin said he talked to other firms when deciding what to do after leaving UT, but said Winstead “just really appealed to me” because he’s known the firm for most of his professional career.

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