Kimberly Schlanger Kimberly Schlanger, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Houston.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added a new practice to its Houston office, bringing on commercial real estate partner Kimberly Schlanger from Baker Botts.

Schlanger joined Gibson Dunn on Monday, in a Texas office that has grown to 25 lawyers since it opened in 2017. She said she could not pass up the opportunity to join Gibson Dunn, citing a strong real estate practice on both coasts.

“There haven’t been any opportunities like that in Houston, plus I knew a lot of the partners here on the corporate side,” Schlanger said, in reference to the group of energy transactional partners who moved to Gibson Dunn’s Houston office in 2017 from Baker Botts.

Schlanger declined to identify her clients, but said she works mostly on the capitalization of real estate projects, representing developers and investors. At Gibson Dunn, she said, she expects to expand into private equity representation as well because of the firm’s client roster.

Ken Doran, chairman and managing partner of Gibson Dunn, said in a press release that Schlanger is a strong addition to the firm’s real estate practice.

“While Kim will be based in Houston and will bring deep expertise in Texas law, she has the talent and experience to contribute to our national and global teams,” Doran said.

Mike Darden, the partner-in-charge of the Houston office, said in the release that Schlanger will additionally be a “tremendous resource” to the firm’s transactional practice in Texas.

Gibson Dunn also has an office in Dallas.

Asked for comment on Schlanger’s departure, Baker Botts said in a statement: ”The movement of lawyers from one firm to another happens on a regular basis at firms around the world, and is par for the course. We are sorry to see Kim go and we wish her every success in the future.”

Also Monday, Gibson Dunn lost a partner in California. Restructuring lawyer Sam Newman in Los Angeles made a move to Sidley Austin, joining a practice of 60 restructuring and solvency attorneys there.

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