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Jackson Walker

At a Glance


“My work is appreciated, and my contributions are valued.”

“The work and chance for early responsibility and the people.”


“No free dinner.”

“Outside of Texas, we do not have instant name recognition, so it can sometimes take a few minutes before people appreciate the expertise we bring to the table and the caliber of work we provide.”

About Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker is the largest firm contained completely in Texas. The firm has more than 400 attorneys practicing in a broad range of practice areas in seven offices across the Lone Star State: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo, San Antonio, and Texarkana. Jackson Walker represents six of the Fortune 10, 23 of the Fortune 100, and 68 of the Fortune 500. Internationally, attorneys have represented clients in more than 85 countries and territories, and the firm is a founding member of Globalaw, a worldwide network of law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and in more than 85 countries worldwide.

Big D Beginnings

Jackson Walker was established in 1887 when former schoolteacher W.J.J. Smith started his practice in Dallas. In the 1890s brothers John and George Robertson, came to Dallas and entered into a partnership with Smith. In the early days, the firm then known as Smith, Robertson & Robertson helped to form The Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas County Gas Company, and railroads, insurance companies, and other businesses that emerged as the city became a commercial hub. Both of the current name partners joined the firm in 1948. J. Paul Jackson was an experienced oil and gas and tax attorney who argued several times before the Supreme Court during his career. A.W. "Jess" Walker, Jr. was a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law for 23 years and was known as the father of Texas oil and gas law. The firm became known as Robertson, Jackson, Payne, Lancaster and Walker before changing to Jackson & Walker LLP in 1988 and current name today Jackson Walker LLP.

Wide Ranging

With dozens of practices across, Jackson Walker is a multi-faceted force whose reach goes way beyond the Lone Star State. Among its focuses are bankruptcy, cybersecurity and privacy, energy, environmental law, finance and banking, health care, IP, international law, labor and employment, land use, real estate, regulatory law, tax, wealth planning, and white collar. The firm is particularly well known for its energy work and has been recognized by the likes of Chambers, U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” and The Best Lawyers in America. Another significant area at the firm is its health care practice through which the firm takes a multi-disciplinary approach—lawyers from the firm’s Bankruptcy, Finance, Government Affairs, Corporate, Labor & Employment, Real Estate, and Tax groups join together to address health care clients’ complex needs.

Why Work Here

The Culture of Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker

2323 Ross Avenue
Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 953-6000

Firm Stats

Chairman and Managing Partner: Wade Cooper
Recruiting Chairs: Jonathan Neerman (Dallas); Chuck Campbell (Austin); Lindsey Moorhead & Luke Gilman (Houston); Matt Swantner (San Antonio); Colin Murchison (Fort Worth)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500

Base Salary

1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week

Employment Contact

Meghan Pier
Director of Associate Recruiting
(512) 236-2097
See firm website for more information.

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Dallas, TX (HQ)
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
San Angelo, TX
San Antonio, TX
Texarkana, TX

Major Departments

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Recovery
Corporate & Securities
Cybersecurity, Data Protection, & Privacy
Environment & Natural Resources
Finance & Banking
Government Relations, Public Policy, & Regulatory Law
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Investigations & White Collar Defense
Labor & Employment
Land Use
Real Estate
Tax, Employee Benefits, & Executive Compensation
Trial & Appellate Litigation
Wealth Planning, Probate, & Trust