Newly formed Houston law firm could double in size over next year

Kevin Jordan, co-founder of Jordan, Lynch and Cancienne PLLC, says the firm could double in size.

For Kevin Jordan, the timing just felt right.

He’d been with Baker Botts LLP since 2005, his second stint with the Houston law firm. Jordan started his own firm several years back but eventually returned to Baker Botts. Recently, Jordan, Walter Lynch and Michael Cancienne — two other former Baker Botts partners — decided to go out on their own.

“We thought we could better meet our clients needs in a nimble and flexible fashion in a small firm environment rather than the platform we’d had before,” Jordan said.

In a Houston legal industry where hourly rates have eclipsed the $1,000 benchmark, something that has in turn pushed rates higher for lawyers throughout the market, the newly formed Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC aims to be the solution.

“The market forces out right now are such that the boutique law firms are considered significantly to be a good alternative to large firms especially with plaintiffs litigation, fee arrangements and contingency fee agreements,” Jordan said.

The civil trial law firm will focus on commercial litigation, including product liability, construction disputes, trade secrets and personal injury claims.

Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne sublet 4,000 square feet at 1330 Post Oak Blvd. for the next year in order to get started. The short-term lease was intentional: Over the next year, Jordan could easily see the firm doubling its headcount.

“I would not be surprised if we are 10 to 15 lawyers by this time next year,” Jordan said.