Holland & Knight today announced the opening of its 22nd U.S. office in Houston, Texas. The Houston office is the firm’s third in Texas. Holland & Knight opened offices in Dallas and Austin in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Partners L. Bradley Hancock and Christopher D. Johnsen are joining the firm to establish the new office. Their practices focus on complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. They are accompanied by associate Theresa Wanat. All were formerly with Greenberg Traurig in Houston. Mr. Hancock will serve as executive partner of the office.

“Holland & Knight continues to focus its expansion efforts in North and South America. Houston is critical to this strategy, adding to the firm’s growing presence in Texas and serving as one of the primary gateways to Latin America for U.S. businesses,” said Steven Sonberg, managing partner. “The addition of this outstanding team also expands our litigation capabilities in Texas with a solid client base in industries key to the firm, such as energy, financial services, real estate and intellectual property. I am confident that under Brad’s leadership our Houston office will grow to provide a broad array of services to our clients.”

“Chris and I look forward to leading Holland & Knight’s expansion into the Houston market. The city has the largest economy in Texas and the opportunities here for the firm are significant, given its mix of practices and growing reputation in the state,” said Mr. Hancock. “We believe that our experience in the Houston business and legal communities, as well as the combination of our clients and practices with those of the firm, will serve as a strong foundation for success.”

A native Texan, Mr. Hancock represents clients in business disputes involving a wide variety of issues including class actions, privacy and data security, products and intellectual property, energy, and employment and labor law. He has successfully resolved cases across the United States, representing clients in numerous jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, appeals, administrative matters and other disputes in more than 22 states and in international tribunals. He received a J.D. degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Johnsen handles a broad array of matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels. His experience includes handling commercial disputes in the energy, securities, real property, class action and employment areas. He also assists clients with the drafting of employment and separation agreements and employment policies, procedures and handbooks. He received a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree from Stetson University and a B.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Hancock and Mr. Johnsen are very active in the Houston legal and business communities. Both have served in various leadership roles in the State Bar of Texas and Houston Young Lawyers Association and are graduates of Leadership Houston.

Holland & Knight’s Houston office is located at 1100 Louisiana Street, Suite 4300. The telephone number of the office is (713) 821-7000.

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