Press Release

Munsch Hardt Elects Shareholder Ben Wheatley as Next Austin Office Head

Jan 16, 2017

Munsch Hardt announces Ben Wheatley as the new Managing Shareholder for the firm’s Austin office, effective immediately. In this role, Wheatley will also serve as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Wheatley has been with the firm for 5 years, serves on the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals for Construction cases as well as the Editorial Board of the State Bar of Texas’ Construction Law Section, and he is a regular contributor to national construction law journals. Earlier this month he was included in the inaugural class of lawyers board certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Wheatley has more than 25 years’ experience litigating complex construction and environmental matters, negotiating and drafting construction and design contracts, serving as in-house counsel for international firms, and working on issues concerning the practice of architecture, engineering, and project construction in all 50 states, Mexico and South America. Most recently, Ben assisted a publicly traded company with the development, relocation and construction of its corporate, industrial and distribution facilities from Southern California to North Texas. 

“I am honored by the trust my colleagues have placed in me, and I look forward to continuing to build momentum for the office,” said Wheatley. “I currently am working with our CEO and the Management Committee to update the strategic plan for the Austin office. With strong, local controversy and transactional practices that span a number of industries, our primary focus will be attracting attorneys who want to build or expand on their practices on business terms that make sense in the Central Texas marketplace.”

Munsch Hardt’s Austin office, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, offers litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property and labor and employment services for clients active in the construction, technology, financial services, manufacturing and real estate industries. Key, Austin-based clients for the firm include Gables Residential; HubCiti, LLC; Lynxs Group; RFD & Associates, Inc.; Flintco, LLC’s Texas Division, Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc., RPS-Espey Consultants, Workman Commercial Construction Services, LLC; Dental Health Management Solutions, and World Class Capital Group, among others.

“This continues to be an exciting period of growth for Munsch Hardt. We have solidified ourselves as a strong and stable firm, with rising profits, revenue and headcount, all without taking on undue risk,” commented Phil Appenzeller, CEO of Munsch Hardt. “Ben has been a valued member of the Austin office since he joined the firm, and I am very happy to see him step into this position. He will be a great resource and leader for his colleagues, and he will also play an instrumental role in moving the firm forward.”

The firm and its Austin attorneys have been recognized for excellence in numerous industry- and peer-based surveys, including Chambers USA, U.S. News Best Lawyers, Top Notch Lawyers by Texas Lawyer, and Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.