Founded in 1965, Hall Estill has its roots in gas & oil energy law in Oklahoma. The firm continues to excel in the energy and natural resources space, with nearly a quarter of the firm’s attorneys focused on that practice. With additional offices in Colorado and Arkansas, this mid-size firm has also been recognized for its real estate work and corporate services, among many other successful practice areas.
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Based out of Oklahoma, Hall Estill is a firm with a team-oriented, pleasant, professional culture, despite a reduction in socializing due to COVID. The firm focuses their recruiting on schools local to their offices, but hiring is open to candidates with good grades across the country who fit the firm culture. Associates feel they are treated with respect by the partners they work with, and appreciate the bi-annual review process, although there is a sense that both formal and informal mentorship programs are not a focus for the firm at present. Associates note a lack of transparency from the firm, specifically referencing how management decisions were made in the last year and how attorneys can advance to the shareholder (similar to partner) position. Technology is a place where ...
With more than 130 lawyers, Hall Estill has decades of experience serving clients from its Midwest base through a variety of practices, from corporate to energy and intellectual property to real estate.
Born of Oil
In 1965, John Williams—of the Tulsa energy giant Williams Brothers Company—called Harvard Law grad Walter Hall and asked him to put together a team to represent the company. Williams Brothers did not have a legal department at the time, and needed representation for its purchase of the Great Lakes Pipeline. Hall recruited other attorneys in the Tulsa area, including John Estill—the head of the Sinclair Pipeline operations in Tulsa. Ten years later, when Williams spun off the pipeline division, Hall took over as CEO. By that time, the firm bearing his name was one of the larg...