Winstead Shortens Its Name, Names New Firm Chairman

Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 01:00

The law firm, formerly known as Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C., has officially changed its name to Winstead PC. and has named Denis Braham as the firm's new chairman and CEO.

"Along with our name change, 2007 marks a new era at Winstead," Mr. Braham said. "We have evolved from a firm founded by three young Entrepreneurial attorneys to one of the largest law firms in Texas. We will position our firm to grow regionally and nationally in core client industries such as real estate, financial services and technology and we'll focus on mentoring our young talent, building on the strengths and knowledge of our skilled and reputable attorneys and consultants, and enhancing our diversity and recruiting efforts."

An attorney with Winstead since 1989, Mr. Braham worked on the Winstead team responsible for bringing the NFL back to Houston and helping the city successfully win the bid to host Super Bowl XXXVIII. Mr. Braham also worked on the Winstead team that helped Jerry Jones with the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium under construction in Arlington, TX and he worked on the Winstead team that represented two New York bond insurers in one of the biggest municipal bond transactions of 2006-the financing of the new Yankee Stadium. Mr. Braham is a member of the firm's Corporate and Real Estate Sections and he also chairs Winstead's Sports Business & Public Venues Practice Group, counting among his clients the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.

Winstead also named shareholder Jeff Hage the firm's new managing shareholder for the Dallas Office. Mr. Hage replaces shareholder Tom Helfand who served as Dallas managing shareholder for 15 years. Mr. Hage is the former head of Winstead's Litigation Section and he also heads Winstead's mentoring program for associates in the firm's various offices. He has been with the firm since 1981.

The Woodlands and Houston offices of Winstead have received an A+ rating in the Houston Multi-Bar Diversity Committee survey concerning the hiring and retention of minority attorneys. The Houston Multi-Bar Diversity Committee is a joint effort comprised of the Houston Lawyers Association, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Mexican American Bar Association, and the Asian American Bar Association. The 2006 survey resulted in a report card on Houston's 21 largest law firms.

To conduct the survey, the committee evaluated each firm in areas such as the percentage of minorities in sub-groups (i.e., partners, associates and summer associates) and the efforts law firms took for encouraging diversity - do they have a diversity committee, do they participate in minority job fairs and do they include minority attorneys in recruiting efforts?Winstead was one of only two Houston law firms that received an A+ grade. With a total of 46 partners, Winstead ranked first in the percentage of minority partners (17.4 percent).