National litigation boutique Susman Godfrey has decided to merge its 12-lawyer Dallas office into its much larger Houston office when the Dallas office lease expires in 2016.

“Our Dallas office has produced some big wins and always has been profitable. Our partners concluded, however, that our clients do not need us to have more than one physical location in Texas,” said Stephen D. Susman, Susman Godfrey’s founder and managing partner.

“We have an outstanding group of attorneys in Dallas and we want all of them to remain with the firm.” According to Susman, all of the Dallas partners and associates have been asked to relocate to one of the firm’s other four offices after the Dallas office closes.

Barry Barnett, a senior partner who helped open the firm’s Dallas office in 1987, confirmed that he will remain with the firm after the Dallas lease expires in 2016.

“Susman Godfrey is known for its lean and efficient approach to litigation,” Barnett said, “and this decision is reflective of that approach.” Barnett added, “We will continue to handle major cases for our clients in Dallas and North Texas, just as we do in cities all over the country where we do not maintain offices.”

Terry Oxford, who opened the Dallas office with Barnett, serves on the firm’s executive committee, and has been with the firm since Susman founded it in 1980, also will remain with the firm.

Susman, the founder of the legendary national litigation powerhouse, also announced that 2014 was another banner year for the firm, with near-record profits.

“We love being paid for the results we achieve for our clients, not just for effort. We did very well in 2014 and that means our clients did even better.”

About Susman Godfrey LLP

For more than 30 years, Susman Godfrey has focused its nationally recognized practice on just one thing: high-stakes commercial litigation.

It is one of the nation’s leading litigation firms, with more than 100 trial lawyers in Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.

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