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March 2011

Gordon & Rees Opens in Austin, Expands in Houston, and Deepens National Product Liability Practice

Gordon & Rees LLP, a full-service litigation and business transactions firm, continues its national expansion with a new nine-attorney office in Austin and two additional attorneys in the Houston office.  Austin is the firm’s 19th U.S. office, closely following the opening of an office in Atlanta in February 2011.  The 11 attorneys join Gordon & Rees from Clark, Thomas & Winters and will increase Gordon & Rees’s presence in Texas to more than 40 attorneys in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

“Austin presents a key strategic location for the firm. In addition to being the capital city of Texas, it is a high tech hot bed, the headquarters for a number of Fortune 500 companies in numerous industries, and an emerging hub for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies,” Firm Managing Partner Dion Cominos.

The 11 attorneys include five Associates and four Partners in Austin, along with two Partners in Houston. “We know we have the right team of attorneys opening the Austin office and joining us in Houston because we have worked with them for more than two decades as co-defense counsel on many national drug and medical device mass tort litigations.  We share the same culture, work product, and client commitment.  I am honored that our years of working side-by-side have culminated in this esteemed group of attorneys joining Gordon & Rees,” Stuart Gordon, co-founder of Gordon & Rees and founder of the firm’s Drug & Medical Device Practice.

Kenneth J. Ferguson, the Managing Partner of the new Austin office, brings nearly 30 years of litigation experience and trying cases to verdict in state and federal courts, with a primary focus on product liability litigation representing pharmaceutical, medical device, and automobile manufacturers. “Joining Gordon & Rees is a unique opportunity to partner with a firm I have seen in action for many years in courtrooms across the country.  It also provides me with the opportunity to offer my clients a comprehensive range of legal services available from a firm with more than 425 attorneys throughout the U.S.,” Kenneth Ferguson, Austin Office Managing Partner. 

For information about the attorneys joining Gordon & Rees, please click on the attorney’s name to be connected to his/her biography on


Austin Office:
Kenneth J. Ferguson, Office Managing Partner
Leslie A. Benitez, Partner
Michael R. Klatt, Partner
David C. Bonnin, Associate
Elizabeth A. Cash, Associate
Lina Y. Garcia, Associate
Shavonne Henderson, Associate
Shaun N. Lyons, Associate

Houston Office:
Laura E. De Santos, Partner 
Jeffrey R. Lilly, Partner


Kenneth J. Ferguson, Managing Partner, Austin Office, 512-391-0197 

Dion Cominos, Firm Managing Partner, 415-986-5900

Mark Buckovich, National Marketing Director, 415-875-3188

About Gordon & Rees LLP:  Gordon & Rees is a full-service national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 425 lawyers in 19 U.S. offices.  The firm’s continuing national growth is marked by its rise to #154 in the 2010 AmLaw 200 list of the largest law firms in the U.S., a rapid advancement from #176 in 2005 when the firm debuted on the list.  For more information, please visit