Left to right: David Wilson, Mike Magee and Preston Hutson, MehaffyWeber
Left to right: David Wilson, Mike Magee and Preston Hutson, MehaffyWeber (D. Jones Photography)

MehaffyWeber has opened an office in Las Vegas and has expanded in Houston with the addition of five trial lawyers who have joined from LeClairRyan.

Michael Magee and David Wilson made the move to MehaffyWeber on May 1 in Houston, along with of counsel Preston Hutson and associates Kyle Weynand and Efrain Gonzalez. The Las Vegas office will accommodate Wilson, a business and construction litigator who said about 10 percent of his caseload over the last decade has been in Nevada.

Wilson said he knows a number of MehaffyWeber lawyers well, and is excited to practice with them. “It’s the chance to take my litigation practice and build it,” Wilson said.

Magee and Wilson have practiced together for 19 years, Wilson said, going back to their time at Houston’s Hays McConn Rice & Pickering, which merged with LeClairRyan in 2014. However, the two lawyers did not negotiate their move to MehaffyWeber together, he said.

Wilson declined to identify his clients, but said he does a lot of work in the construction industry for contractors and subcontractors, and also does litigation in the oil and gas manufacturing sector.

Magee, a defense lawyer, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Bob Black, managing shareholder of MehaffyWeber, said in a statement that the firm is excited and proud the five trial lawyers have joined the firm. “Many of us have worked closely with them in the past and look forward to many years of successful collaboration in the future,” he said.

John Cahill Jr., a shareholder at LeClairRyan in Houston who is listed as the office contact, wrote in an email that he, Wilson and Magee worked together for years and are “great friends and legal colleagues,” and the firm wishes them well.

“I look forward to having cases in which we work together for different clients in the future and I anticipate that David and I will do that sooner, rather than later, on our construction dockets,” he wrote. “While you never want good partners to leave, we are very focused on our growth strategy and are very actively talking to partners and groups whose clients would benefit from the practice area mix and geographic reach of LeClairRyan.”

Another group of five litigators recently left LeClairRyan’s Houston office to join Adams and Reese in Houston.

MehaffyWeber has 34 lawyers in Houston, Beaumont and Austin.