What began 20 years ago with one lawyer has evolved into a firm with nine attorneys, hundreds of clients and numerous accolades by distinguished industry groups.
Since opening the doors on Jan. 1, 1995, Allensworth & Porter (AAP) has become one of the largest construction law firms in Central Texas, representing clients in all facets of the construction industry, including architects, engineers, contractors, owners, developers, municipalities, utilities and suppliers.
Austin is growing faster than any other city in the nation with a population of more than 1 million, and AAP has expanded to meet the needs of some of the leading names in the industry.
To celebrate this achievement, AAP attorneys took a moment to reflect on the past 20 years and take a look toward the future…
Q: What makes AAP different than other law firms you’ve worked for in the past? Is it the clients, projects, culture or a mix of the three?
A: It’s a mix. One thing is our size. AAP is large enough to have a deep bench when serving clients, but it’s small enough to be flexible and nimble.
Another thing is our clients—we have sophisticated clients who appreciate direct, candid advice.
Q: What excites you most about AAP’s next 20 years?
A: AAP is geographically in the middle of a dynamic construction area. We’re excited about expanding our reach and serving clients in a larger geographic area.
We’re also excited by how uniquely situated we are to serve governmental entities with Joe Basham as a Rollingwood council member, Matt Cano as a former assistant city attorney, and Amy Emerson with eight years of experience representing governmental entities in novel areas of the law.
Q: For attorneys who have practiced at the firm for more than 10 years—how has AAP changed over the past decade?
Throughout the last 10 years, AAP has assembled a team of seasoned partners and attorneys who can cater to clients involved in any aspect of the design and construction industry, assisting clients from “cradle to grave.”
We can take clients from drafting contracts at project initiation to project closeout and then dispute resolution, if necessary.
Another important change is the firm’s evolution from representing primarily architects and engineers, to representing clients in all areas of the construction industry, including owners.
Q: For attorneys at AAP who have been there fewer than 5 years—what attracted you to working at AAP?
A: Attorney Sara Whittington “Whitney” May joined the firm in 2012 and was drawn to its reputation, direct client contact, potential for growth in the construction field and the opportunity to work on interesting local projects.
Will Allensworth, an AAP associate who joined in 2010, appreciates working in a small, collegial environment with a close-knit group of lawyers while enjoying a healthy work-life balance.
Q: If you had to describe AAP in a sentence or two, what would you say?
A: We are versatile, persuasive and tough advocates. We look for common sense resolutions, but are willing and able to take cases all the way to trial or arbitration if needed.
Overall, we all have a great time practicing law together!