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Duane Morris Opens Dallas Office with Addition of Four New Partners

Duane Morris LLP has opened a new office in Dallas, Texas, with the addition of Trial partners Robert M. Castle III, Randy D. Gordon, Jamie R. Welton and Lucas “Luke” Wohlford. The group joins Duane Morris from Barnes & Thornburg LLP. The move further aligns Duane Morris’ domestic operations with the robust high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. The firm opened its Austin office in 2017 and its Houston office in 1999. The new Duane Morris LLP office is located at 100 Crescent Court in Dallas.

“For more than 20 years, we have focused on and invested in Texas. With our new Dallas location and team, our commitment is clear,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “Duane Morris now has a critical mass of legal talent and a footprint in key markets, including Houston and Austin, and we expect to expand our presence in Texas in the years to come. We look forward to supporting our broad client base with high quality and cost-efficient legal services.”

“Texas is central to Duane Morris’ strategic growth plan, and our Dallas office creates more opportunities to better service our technology, corporate and energy clients and grow our business in-state,” said Tom Sankey, managing partner of Duane Morris’ Houston office and Texas operations. “Our Corporate, Trial and IP practice groups represent a large client base in Texas, and our interdisciplinary, industry-sector approach to legal services enables us to deliver additional value.”

“Dallas, in particular, is an extremely positive business climate for entrepreneurs, the many Fortune 500 firms headquartered here and a broad array of high technology, healthcare, financial, energy and transportation clients,” added Randy Gordon, the managing partner of the Dallas office. “We are excited to plant the flag for Duane Morris in Dallas.”

“Matt Taylor’s vision for Texas is exciting, and the firm’s industry-focus groups represented a great opportunity to collaborate in new ways,” noted partner Rob Castle. “Overall, Duane Morris offers a unique and collegial culture that will enable me to better serve my healthcare client base.”

As one of the most diverse regional economies in the nation, Dallas offers a thriving commercial environment. With more than 65,000 businesses located in the metropolitan region including Texas Instruments, AT&T, Comerica and Southwest Airlines, the city serves as headquarters to more than 20 Fortune 500 firms.

Steven F. Benz has been recognised among the top in his profession

Steven F. Benz, Partner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC, has joined Noticed©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Benz has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognition’s, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.

Benz outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognition’s, and career longevity. After earning his B.A. in economics, political science, and history, and his M.A.L.D. in international law, economics, and trade, Benz went on to pursue his J.D. at Stanford Law School. Benz has since prosecuted cutting-edge cases involving monopolisation, price fixing, and breach of contract, among others.

With over 25 years dedicated to law, Benz brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry, and, in particular, to his area of specialisation, complex, high-profile antitrust and competition law cases. Benz’s noteworthy achievements—including the largest Sherman Act section II trial verdict in history and a recent $250 million day-of settlement in a Sherman Act monopolisation case—have earned him many prestigious accolades.

Benz has been distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell®, Benchmark Litigation, and Who’s Who Legal for his numerous successes on behalf of prestigious clients including AT&T, Verizon, Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Co., H.J. Heinz Co. L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood LLC, BEF Foods Inc., Spectrum Brands, Inc., Studio Spectrum, Inc., and Ritz Camera & Image, LLC.

Benz represents clients ranging from privately-held Fortune 100 companies to U.S. and foreign governments in multi-billion-dollar cases, on both the plaintiff and defence side. Armed with over a quarter-century of litigation experience and more than 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals in which he served as counsel of record, Benz possesses a comprehensive understanding of winning litigation strategies.

As a thought leader in his field, Benz keeps his finger on the pulse of antitrust and competition law. In particular, he noted that many antitrust cases now involve “Big Data” product markets, as companies move into cloud-based computing and software as a service:

“‘Big Data’ cases are both fascinating and challenging as the law adapts to new technology. My firm has two ‘Big Data’ cases right now, including a significant litigation where I am representing Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against IQVIA. Both cases involve the monopolisation of an underlying data set and the blocking of applications’ competitors using ‘data security’ as a pre-textual business justification.”

Today, Benz is widely regarded as one of the leading antitrust attorneys in the U.S. He did not always have his eyes set on a career in law. He commented: “I worked as an economist representing US semiconductor companies in anti-dumping, countervailing duties and Section 301 cases before going to law school. I realised that there is a significant overlap between trade law and antitrust law, and economic analysis is critical to every antitrust case. Getting a law degree has allowed me to represent my clients directly in court, in high-profile tech cases, which have provided great benefits to both my clients and to consumers.”