Signing bonuses for 1-4 year transactional associates are back in in a big way in Texas. Our friends at Kinney Recruiting are exclusively representing two firms in Houston offering signing bonuses, and they go up to $100K for a JD/MBA fourth year with real quality M&A experience, top 20 law school credentials, good references, etc. If you have been curious about getting into the energy industry, there has never been a better time. As noted, M&A is the focus but junior candidates in other practice areas might be a fit. Folks with an accounting/business undergraduate degree or MBA have a leg up. Contact the Kinney folks at houston@kinneyrecruiting.com or 713-658-1888 (x701) to find out more. Kinney expects that other firms (at least those who can) will eventually follow suit on the signing bonuses and an overall salary hike may not be far behind.

While Kinney Recruiting is our Asia sponsor and is known by ATL readers to be extremely active there, their home base is in Texas. They have placed many of the very partners who are looking to hire new associates, have scores of relationships with top partners in the Lone Star State, and would be your best bet for a possible move there.