(Left to right): Bud Doxey, Wesley Smith, David Ortigoza and Lolly Chauppette of Greenberg Traurig, in Dallas.
(Left to right): Bud Doxey, Wesley Smith, David Ortigoza and Lolly Chauppette of Greenberg Traurig, in Dallas. (Courtesy photo)

Greenberg Traurig beefed up its real estate practice in Dallas by adding four lawyers from Andrews Kurth Kenyon.

Shareholder Bud Doxey, who leads the team, joined the firm along with associates Lolly Chauppette, David Ortigoza and Wes Smith. The four do real estate transactions and finance.

“It just made sense,” Doxey said, noting that he has a national practice so Greenberg Traurig’s network of 38 offices is a big plus.

Doxey said he knows many lawyers in Greenberg Traurig’s real estate practice because he has used them as local counsel on real estate transactions and they also have worked for mutual clients. Doxey declined to identify his clients, but said they include an investment adviser who represents pension funds and REITs, a fund that invests in shopping centers, and a memory-care facility developer.

Doxey said Houston and Dallas are big core markets for investment advisers in real estate, so about 25-to-30 percent of his practice is in Texas. But the rest of his clients are elsewhere, he said.

Joesph Coniglio, managing shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Dallas office, said in a statement that the four lateral hires expand the firm’s “already robust” real estate capabilities in Texas. He notes that real estate is a core practice for the Miami-based firm.

When asked to comment on the departures, Bob Jewell, managing partner of Andrews Kurth, said, “We wish them well.”

Greenberg Traurig has more than 125 lawyers in Texas­—located in Dallas, Houston and Austin. The firm’s lateral hires this year include former Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright in Austin, and a group of litigators who joined the Austin office in January from Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller, which was dissolving.

The laterals joined Greenberg Traurig on Sept. 20, but the firm announced the moves on Wednesday.