Bryce Lindenmayer, Kelley Drye & Warren, partner, Houston Gittings Photography

Kelley Drye & Warren, which moved into Texas in late 2016 by merging with a Texas litigation firm, launched a corporate practice in Houston and Austin by hiring Bryce Linsenmayer as a partner.

Linsenmayer, a transactional securities lawyer who joined the firm on July 18 and will be based in Houston and Austin, joins from K&L Gates in Houston.

Linsenmayer said his move was prompted by Kelley Drye’s merger with Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, the 14-lawyer firm that did environmental, regulatory and commercial litigation from offices in Houston and Austin. Linsenmayer said he has known partner William Jackson for many years, among several lawyers at the firm, and Kelley Drye approached him about starting a corporate practice in Texas.

Linsenmayer said it’s a great opportunity for him to build a practice at a firm with a “great culture and a great environment.” He said he expects the firm to hire laterals to expand the corporate group in Texas.

Tim Lavender, a partner in Chicago who chairs the firm’s corporate practice, said Linsenmayer’s years of experience serving as principal outside counsel to public and private clients adds “tremendous value” to the firm.

“Many of us have known Bryce for years and know that he is a perfect fit for our culture and firm,” said Jackson, who is managing partner of the firm’s Texas offices.

Linsenmayer said his practice is not a typical Texas energy-heavy practice, although he has done a number of oil and gas transactions over the years. He said he also has clients in industries including technology, biotech, biomedical, cybersecurity, computer, chemical science, health care, environmental and travel.

Linsenmayer said he has also does work in London. He helped Frontera Resources Corp. go public in 2005 on the Alternative Investment Market in London. Frontera was the first Texas company to go public on the AIM.

A spokesman for K&L Gates said the firm does not comment on lawyer departures.