(DALLAS) Katten announced it was named a finalist in the 2021 Best Places to Work in North Texas contest for the second year in a row. As part of its 19th annual Best Places to Work Awards, the Dallas Business Journal selected Katten from more than 380 nominated companies. The companies selected for this recognition received the highest employee survey scores among their peer companies in their size category.

“This year marked Katten’s third-year anniversary in Dallas, and we have quickly become among the most in-demand law firms for top talent and clients,” said Mark S. Solomon, managing partner of Katten’s Dallas office. “This award underscores our commitment to our people and the community where we live and work.”

Katten opened the Dallas location in 2018 focused mainly on private equity work to service the growing legal needs of the North Texas business community. Since then, the office has expanded to service clients in a variety of areas including finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, health care, white collar and criminal defense, insolvency and restructuring, real estate, corporate and litigation. Together these industries constitute a significant part of the state’s overall economy, with health care one of the largest in the region.

“The pandemic forced our attorneys and professional staff to adapt quickly to rapidly changing client needs, giving us new momentum in the market,” said Solomon. “Now our challenge is to sustain and build on the energy COVID-19 generated so that we can continue to manage our firm prudently and conservatively in order to emerge stronger from this crisis.”

During the ongoing public health crisis, Katten developed a number of new initiatives to accommodate attorneys and business professionals. These include new guidelines around remote work that allow attorneys and business professionals to determine the best workplace balance for providing exceptional service to clients; a six-part business development boot camp for female attorneys led by Dallas partner Kenya Woodruff; and an employee matching program to support organizations with an antiracism agenda.