O’Melveny & Myers is adding a five-partner corporate team from Locke Lord, further deepening the firm’s Texas presence since opening doors to Dallas and Austin offices last year.
The new additions—which include Richard Whitfield “Whit” Roberts, Jack Jacobsen, and Jason Schumacher—join the firm’s Dallas office, O’Melveny said Wednesday. Former Locke Lord partners Will Becker and Christine “Chrissy” Williford Metcalf are also part of the group, which specializes in M&A, private equity, capital markets, energy, tax, and public-company corporate counseling.
“We saw this opportunity as a compelling opportunity,” Roberts said in an interview. “The firm has earned and received accolades and awards for how it serves clients, how it works as a firm together, and how it treats its people. We’ve known about O’Melveny’s reputation, but we really noticed last summer, when in Dallas, there were a number of practitioners who were top of the bar in their practice, who had been at their firm for their entire career, and they decided to come to O’Melveny’s Dallas office.”
O’Melveny moved into the Lone Star State in June 2021 when it opened its Austin and Dallas offices, the firm’s first new U.S. outposts in 20 years. The latest hires give the firm 15 partners in the state.
Roberts, Jacobsen and Metcalf join O’Melveny’s mergers & acquisitions practice. Schumacher joins the firm’s project development & real estate practice, while Becker joins the tax practice. At Locke Lord, Roberts held leadership positions both firmwide and in the Dallas office, Jacobsen was co-chair of the corporate and transactional department, and Schumacher was co-chair of the energy practice group.
“This was just a tremendous opportunity to add not only leading lawyers, but more importantly, great people who share our values, who give back to the community and who are in areas that are strategic,” Brad Butwin, O’Melveny Chair, said. “It was apparent to us that they were going to add to our platform, not just Texas, but across the firm and globally. They bring us a deeper M&A expertise, tax expertise, and energy. They’re a great fit with our other Texas colleagues, but also a great fit with the rest of the firm.”