Bill McDonald

Haynes and Boone is the latest firm in Texas benefiting from the exodus of lawyers from Andrews Kurth Kenyon as the Houston-based firm talks merger with Virginia firm Hunton & Williams.

Former Andrews Kurth corporate lawyer Bill McDonald has joined Haynes and Boone’s Houston office as a partner in the capital markets and securities practice. McDonald made the move on Feb. 1.

“He’s very experienced in energy and oil and gas, which is one of the strengths of our firm,” said Jeff Nichols, co-chair of the firm’s energy practice group. “We were delighted to get him.”

Andres Kurth declined to comment on McDonald’s departure. McDonald could not immediately be reached for comment.

McDonald’s clients are in the energy and oil field services industries. Over the last year, Haynes and Boone has added other lawyers to its energy practice in Houston, including partners Chad Mills, who came from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and Craig Stahl and Jeffrey Kuehnle, who like McDonald, came from Andrews Kurth. Nichols said the firm has about 50 lawyers with a pure oil and gas practice and more than 100 doing energy work.

Meanwhile, as Andrews Kurth and Hunton & Williams inch closer to a combination, the firm has in recent days lost several groups of lawyers in Texas. Seven partners in Dallas departed to open a Dallas office for Katten Muchin Rosenman and another three partners left the Dallas office to join DLA Piper’s Dallas office. Also, the firm is expected to lose a number of public finance lawyers in Texas to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and to New York firms Shearman & Sterling and White & Case, which reportedly will open offices in Texas with Andrews Kurth lawyers.