Jackson Walker is Joined by Elite Litigation Boutique Firm

March 30, 2001 | Press Releases



Jackson Walker, one of the oldest law firms in Dallas, continues its path of rapid growth by attracting a boutique law firm specializing in litigation. Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw & Wulff, L.L.P. of Dallas is joining forces with Jackson Walker effective April 1.

Mike Wilson, Managing Partner for Jackson Walker, states, “Cohan, Simpson is a highly respected, top-quality firm. Their attorneys have a well-deserved reputation for superior litigation talent with particular expertise in complex commercial and regulatory disputes. First-rate lawyers across the board, they bring us some of the area’s leading practitioners in disputes affecting the telecommunications, insurance, and other high-technology industries, as well as antitrust and appellate matters. Cohan, Simpson has been pursued by a number of other major law firms, and we are delighted that they chose to join Jackson Walker.”

Bob Cohan, Founding Partner of Cohan, Simpson, adds, “For 15 years our commitment to quality and professionalism has enabled us to succeed as a small firm resolving complex business disputes for our clients. We were attracted to Jackson Walker because they share that commitment, because they provide additional litigation depth, and because their breadth of expertise beyond litigation will enable us to serve our clients even better.”

Pat Cowlishaw, Managing Partner of Cohan, Simpson, comments, “Through the years we have been approached by different firms; however, Jackson Walker was the superior fit for our attorneys and practice. The attorneys and culture of the firm were determining factors in our decision to join Jackson Walker. Both firms put quality of service and character first in everything that we do.”

Cohan, Simpson specializes in commercial, employment and products liability litigation, as well as antitrust, insurance and telecommunications regulatory matters. The firm’s clients include Aon, AT&T, Avaya, Brinker International, Chase, Ingram Micro, Lucent, Marsh & McLennan Companies, McLeodUSA, and Southwest Airlines. Among Cohan, Simpson’s partners are former Dallas City Councilman Lee Simpson, Bart Wulff and Kathleen LaValle, in addition to Bob Cohan and Pat Cowlishaw. Also joining Jackson Walker are Cohan, Simpson attorneys Mike Byrd, Mark Steiner, Susan Sandidge, Beth Hosch, Linda Althoff, Kurt Schwarz, Scott McElhaney, James Holmes, Ella Martinez, John Jackson, and Robert Behrendt.

This consolidation gives Jackson Walker a total of 300 attorneys statewide and places Jackson Walker in the unique position of being the only law firm with a top-ten ranking in four major Texas cities. According to the rankings listed in the 2001 Book of Lists published in each city. Jackson Walker is ranked in the top-twelve law firms in Houston as well.

Jackson Walker is one of the oldest and largest Texas-based law firms, with more than 100 years of experience in providing legal counsel to clients in Texas, throughout the United States, and internationally. The firm provides a strong regional base of 300 attorneys statewide in Austin, Dallas, Forth Worth, Houston, Richardson, San Angelo, and San Antonio. The firm’s practice areas include litigation, finance, securities and corporate, intellectual property, technology, administrative, employee benefits and executive compensation, energy, environmental, estate planning and administration, governmental, health care, labor and employment, real estate, tax, transportation, bankruptcy, agricultural, and international law.


In This Story

Robert M. Cohan
Retired Partner, Dallas
Patrick R. Cowlishaw
Partner, Dallas
John M. Jackson
Partner, Dallas
Scott M. McElhaney
Partner, Dallas
T. Michael Wilson
Partner, Dallas

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