Hurshell Brown joined Hudson Cook as a partner in Fort Worth, along with counsel Curtis Linscott and associate Andrea Cottrell. Brown and Cottrell came from Brown & Cottrell, where they had practiced since October 2016 after leaving Fort Worth-based Cash America International, which merged a year ago with First Cash. Linscott, former executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Cash America, also left the company a year ago.

Hudson Cook chairman Michael Benoit, a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, said the 20-year-old firm has been eying an office in Texas for several years.

“The challenge was finding the right people. You just can’t parachute people in. We wanted people familiar with the state … who have connections in the area, and you also want people with the background and expertise,” Benoit said. “The stars just aligned with Hurshell and his crowd.”

Benoit said the Fort Worth office makes sense because Hudson Cook has a number of clients in the Fort Worth area, including JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, GM Financial and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. The new office is also conveniently located near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The firm, which has 60 lawyers in 13 offices, provides compliance and regulatory advice to clients, which are banks and financial service organizations, and also represents them in government investigations, Benoit said.

Brown said he knows a number of lawyers at Hudson Cook because he used the firm while working as an in-house lawyer at Cash America. He is pleased to have the opportunity to practice at one of the nation’s top consumer finance firms in the nation, he said.

Hudson Cook opened the Fort Worth office on Aug. 16, but announced the move Monday.

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