Winstead Names Peyton Smith Firm-Wide Lateral Hiring Shareholder

Austin, TX, Nov. 10, 2010 – Austin Labor and Employment Shareholder Peyton Smith has been named Winstead PC’s new firm-wide lateral hiring shareholder. In this role, Smith will continue to build on the aggressive lateral recruiting efforts the firm has implemented, previously led by Dallas Shareholder Kevin Sullivan, resulting in the successful hiring of over 38 attorneys in the past 12 months alone. Smith has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the growth of Winstead, having recently concluded his three-year term as one of the firm’s youngest members of the Executive Committee.

“I’m excited to take on this crucial role at Winstead and honored to be leading a talented team of attorneys focused on recruiting outstanding attorneys who are looking for opportunity, innovation and energy in the law firm they work for,” said Smith, who will be working with lateral hiring shareholders assigned in each Winstead Office.

In the past year, Winstead’s Dallas office has welcomed 15 new lateral attorneys; 13 joined the Houston office; Austin added five new attorneys; Winstead’s new Charlotte, N.C. office welcomed four to their team; and the Washington D.C. office added two new attorneys.

Smith holds various leadership positions in the legal and civic community and was recently named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) and a charter member of the LCA Diversity Law Institute. He received his J.D. from Baylor Law School where he was a member of Phi Delta Honor Society.

Winstead is among the largest business law firms in Texas. Winstead attorneys and consultants serve as trusted advisors to mid-market and large businesses, providing a core range of legal services that are critical to their operation and success. From its well-known reputation in real estate and financial services to its corporate and high-stakes litigation practice, Winstead delivers practical knowledge and responsive service. And it’s all backed by a get-it-done attitude. Winstead has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. For detailed information about Winstead, visit

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