Legal Market Spotlight: Austin, Texas

Jennifer-CliftonI fell in love with the city of Austin while I was a student at the University of Texas. The relaxed atmosphere, economic growth opportunities, and burgeoning tech industry make it an ideal location for any attorney as well.

Austin is the tech industry capital, the capital of Texas and the live musical capital of the Southwest, thus providing the perfect marriage of career opportunities and a laid-back lifestyle. Many high-tech companies, including Dell Computers and National Instruments, are headquartered in Austin making it the ideal location for the IP attorney looking for in-house opportunities. With the Texas government based in Austin, the city is the best locale for legislative and regulatory work. Additionally, Hollywood celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey choose the solace of Austin over the bright lights of Hollywood.

Here are a few reasons why Austin may be worth a look for a lawyer considering a move to the city and some insight into why those who have made the move are thanking their lucky stars they already live in Austin:

Next time you find yourself within Austin’s city limits, try out one of my favorite places, to stay, eat, drink, or play:

Where to Stay:

For a hotel conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the downtown Hilton will make sure you make your 8:00 AM business meeting with time to spare.

The “UT Hotel” is on the edge of the campus of the University of Texas, making it walking distance for any event on the 40 acres.

For those looking for a hotel with a little of Austin’s quirky personality, the Austin Motel on South Congress is a great fit.

Where to Eat:

The current darling of the Austin BBQ scene is Franklin’s Barbecue, and my friends swear the brisket is worth the typical two-hour wait.

For a casual lunch which combines a great view of Lake Austin and delicious Mexican food, Hula Hut is an Austin favorite.

The sushi and Japanese food at Uchi are perfect for a business lunch meeting or date night.

Where to Drink:

The view of Lake Austin is the perfect backdrop for a coffee meeting with a work colleague at Mozart’s Coffee Roaster’s.

Pair the famous “Mexican Martini” at Trudy’s with either the chile relleno (my favorite) or the stuffed avocado.

The Tigress Pub offers a cozy atmosphere and a bartender who will customize any drink.

What to Do:

Stroll along the eclectic shops on South Congress with a margarita in hand on First Thursday.

From March to November, take part in the bat viewings under Congress Avenue bridge.

Every night in Austin, a great band plays somewhere within the city limits. This impressive music calendar illustrates why Austin is the headquarters for live music in the Southwest.


This is the second part in a series exploring Texas and its largest legal markets. The next post will cover Fort Worth, Texas. Please contact Jennifer Clifton at if you have any questions about the Texas legal market.


Attract & Retain Top Talent

With a rapidly changing industry, it's vital to offer the right compensation and set the right expectation. With our Salary Guide, get detailed job descriptions, industry insights and local salary data to equip your managers with hiring confidence and expertise.

Get your copy »

Get email updates about more content like this.


| Next articles in The Column blog |

Get the foundation you need to hire the best legal talent.

Request your copy of our 2021 Salary Guide »