San Antonio Attorney Job Market

San Antonio's market for law firm and in-house job opportunities

San Antonio is a hidden treasure. The size and sophistication of the corporations and law firms in the area have gone unrecognized by many attorneys outside the city. The corporate in-house job market provides many attractive opportunities. The oil & gas and energy arena here are resilient, and San Antonio is home to several Fortune 1000 energy companies such as Valero Energy Corporation, Tesoro Corporation, and NuStar Energy. Local energy exploration in the Eagle Ford Shale south of the city to the border is ongoing.

In addition to the energy sector, there are several major corporations that anchor the area in commercial business such as iHeartMedia, CST Brands, Advantage Rent-A-Car, H.E.B., USAA, Eye Care Centers of America, Rush Enterprises, Rackspace, NewTek, Frost Bank, and Kinetic Concepts. Additionally, San Antonio and the surrounding region are home to some large manufacturing giants which include Toyota, Caterpillar, and Lockheed Martin. There is also a very strong military presence here with several large bases around the city such as Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland AFB/Kelly Field Annex and Brooks City-Base.

In addition to the energy practice arena, a number of other practice areas thrive in San Antonio, such as real estate, general corporate, and litigation. San Antonio has many national and regional firms here including: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Norton Rose Fulbright, Bracewell, Haynes & Boone, Jackson Walker, Strasburger & Price, Winstead, and Dykema.

Law firms in San Antonio continue to have strong demand for recruiting law firm partners with portable business. A major benefit for partners looking to change firms in San Antonio is that required portable business is significantly less than in the other major Texas cities. San Antonio firms oftentimes only require $300,000-$500,000 in portables, while the other major metropolitan cities in Texas usually require over $1 million. Additionally, San Antonio law firms are attractive for associates due to shorter partnership tracks.

Attorneys choose San Antonio for a variety of reasons. Even though San Antonio is one of the ten largest cities in the United States, San Antonio has a more relaxed attitude and work environment than other cities like Houston or Dallas. Additionally, San Antonio provides a rich culture, historical significance, low cost of living, beautiful downtown with the River Walk, and multiple theme parks including Fiesta Texas and Sea World. It is home to Fiesta, a city wide festival of parades and parties, a nationally recognized rodeo, and of course the San Antonio Spurs! San Antonio restaurants and night clubs are excellent, and the city's diversity offers a multi-cultural experience.

Securing a job in San Antonio can be competitive, as there are fewer positions open than in larger markets such as Dallas and Houston. This is due to the fact that associates, partners and in-house counsel are more likely to remain at their firms and companies in San Antonio than comparable attorneys in the larger cities. Moses Legal Search has established client connections with major San Antonio corporations, small companies and law firms of all sizes. The small number of job openings per year in San Antonio makes working with us critical in getting your resume noticed by the hiring partner or company. Moses Legal Search will generate the attention your resume deserves to secure your next career opportunity.

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