Modernizing Texas' Foreign Legal Consultant Rule

08/01/2004

Introduction

Texas law firms depend on cross-border work for a growing percentage of their revenue.  Numerous Texas-based law firms have opened offices outside of the US including offices in Mexico, Europe, Russia and the surrounding Eurasian states, the Middle East, and Asia.  According to the Texas Lawyer’s 2003 listing of the largest Texas firms, eleven (11) Texas-based law firms had a total of twenty-three (23) offices abroad.  These and other Texas firms have also hired foreign lawyers to work in their Texas offices in order to better meet the needs of their US and foreign clients.  But cross-border work is getting more common, if not indispensable for all Texas practitioners, and even small and mid-size law firms are putting more emphasis on and investing more resources in their cross-border practice.

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