(iStock)

Dallas bankruptcy lawyer Daniel Stewart is ready for a second—or third—act.

Stewart left Vinson & Elkins on Dec. 31, 2013, where he had practiced since 1999, took a couple weeks off “to recharge the batteries” then joined Patton Boggs’ Dallas office on Jan. 15.

His said his task is to build the office’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice, noting that he joined V&E in 1999 to launch a bankruptcy practice at the firm, and before that he led the bankruptcy section at Winstead.

“While there are several people here [at Patton Boggs] doing bankruptcy, I think they were looking to find somebody who could build the group not only back to where it had been but take it to higher heights,” Stewart said about his move to Patton Boggs.

Stewart said Patton Boggs lost some of its bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers last summer when a group of 24 lawyers left to open a Dallas office for Holland & Knight.

Stewart said Patton Boggs has two other full-time bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in Dallas and several who do support work in finance and litigation—plus bankruptcy lawyers in other offices—”so there’s a lot of experience and capability.”

Not Ready to Retire

John Wander, who is a managing partner for V&E in Dallas, sent an email with this comment about Stewart’s departure: “Dan is an outstanding lawyer, was a valued colleague for many years and helped build our Dallas office into what it is today. Though he retired from V&E, I fully understand his desire to continue his practice and wish him well at Patton Boggs.”

Stewart, who is 66, said he left V&E because he didn’t want to retire over the next couple years.

“It was on the horizon, and I just didn’t want to fade off into the sunset. I still have a lot of energy and [am] still in a building mode,” he said.

He said he has “no hard feelings” toward V&E.

Stewart declined to identify clients, except he said his “existing matters” include trustee work and representation of trustees.

In a written statement, Michael Forshey, managing partner of the Dallas office of Patton Boggs, said Stewart brings “tremendous experience and a track record of building successful practices” and the firm looks forward to introducing Stewart to clients.