Bob Jewell Becomes New Andrews Kurth Managing Partner

Published: Mon Jun 25 2007

The law firm of Andrews Kurth is pleased to announce that Bob Jewell has been elected Managing Partner for a three year term commencing July 1. He will succeed Howard Ayers, who has served as Managing Partner since 1997.

The firm also is announcing the formation of an Executive Committee, which Bob Jewell will chair. Other members of the Executive Committee will include Howard Ayers (Houston), Paul Silverstein (New York), Mark Solomon (Dallas) and Rex VanMiddlesworth (Austin).

"Following Howard is a tall order," Bob said. "I’m looking forward to continuing our firm’s long record of great client service delivered by talented and committed professionals."

In the last decade, Andrews Kurth grew from 230 lawyers to over 400, opened an office in Beijing and significantly expanded the breadth and depth of its practice areas and client service capabilities.

"I’m proud of the last ten years, and I’m certain that the next ten will be even better," Howard said. "The firm is in good hands with Bob. He and I have worked together often through the years, on client and firm matters, and he is going to be a superb Managing Partner and leader. I’m looking forward to helping Bob pursue our long-term goals and priorities." In addition to serving on the Executive Committee, Howard will serve as non-executive Chairman of the firm and will co-chair several partner-led operating committees.

A hallmark of Howard’s tenure was the creation of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Team and the hiring of a full-time Chief Diversity Officer.

"I believe that the legal profession must continue its efforts to better reflect the clients and communities it serves," he said. "I’m proud that Andrews Kurth is a leader in the legal profession’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion as a core value."

Bob joined the firm in 1978 and has served as the Managing Partner of the Houston office since 1995. He has been a member of the firm’s policy committee since 1997 and is co-chair of the Corporate/Securities practice. He has been profiled as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in Texas by Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business (2001 to 2007).

For more than a century, Andrews Kurth LLP has built its practice on the belief that "straight talk is good business." Real answers, clear vision and mutual respect define the firm’s relationships with clients, colleagues, communities and employees. With more than 400 lawyers and offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, The Woodlands and Washington, DC, Andrews Kurth represents a wide array of clients in all areas of business law. For more information about Andrews Kurth, please visit
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