DALLAS - Andrews Kurth LLP yesterday announced adding a veteran bond attorney to its Austin office.

Jerry E. Turner has joined the firm as a partner in its public finance and corporate departments.

"We are delighted to have Jerry join our Austin office. He has an unparalleled statewide and national reputation in both public finance and in representing investment funds," said Rex VanMiddlesworth, managing partner of the Austin office. "His extensive experience in these areas not only enhances our ability to serve existing clients but provides an opportunity to expand our client base."

Turner comes to the firm from Vinson & Elkins LLP and has more than three decades of experience in public finance here in Texas.

"Andrews Kurth is a great national law firm with deep roots in Texas," Turner said. "I am extremely pleased to join the firm's team of exceptional lawyers. We're adding a bunch of outstanding people with outstanding reputations and the firm has an abiding commitment to public finance."

Turner is a regent of the Texas Tech University System. He was captain of the Red Raiders football team during his undergraduate career in the late 1960s. Turner also has served as president of the American College of Bond Counsel.

"Our public finance department is growing quite a bit right now and all of our offices are expanding," said Ashley Ronald, the firm's senior manager for marketing and communications.

Within the past year, Andrews Kurth has added Donald Howell and Gregg Jones to its public law team in the Houston office with three other lawyers joining the firm since January. Bradley W. Foster and Paul L. Mitchell joined the firm's litigation section, Foster in Dallas and Mitchell in Houston. And David Denechaud joined the private-equity practice in Houston earlier this year.

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