Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Bruce Blefeld as a partner in the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group in Houston. Blefeld was most recently a partner at K&L Gates. The addition of Blefeld follows closely on those of Nic Barzoukas and Josh Davis, partners in the firm’s Intellectual Property, Information & Innovation Practice Group, who joined the Houston office in March. Reed Smith’s Houston office, which opened in 2013, currently has 52 attorneys and is one of the firm’s fastest-growing offices. (more…)

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Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has expanded its energy and commercial disputes practices with the addition of Houston partner Michael T. Murphy. He joins K&L Gates from Vinson & Elkins LLP. (more…)

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Jackson Walker LLP is pleased to welcome Wasif Qureshi as a partner in the firm’s Litigation group. With nearly 15 years of experience, Wasif has represented and counseled various types of companies in intellectual property legal matters. Businesses of all sizes from around the world count on Wasif’s skills and expertise to help them navigate through IP issues and obtain successful results. Having appeared in almost 150 cases, Wasif is particularly experienced in patent litigation, a practice in which he is recognized both at state and national levels. (more…)

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Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Rio Grande Valley native, Ernest Aliseda, to its Commercial Litigation Practice Group as a member in the firm’s McAllen, Texas office. Prior to joining Dykema, Aliseda served as General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer for the Loya Insurance Group companies, where he handled general legal matters and managed and oversaw diverse litigation throughout the country. Aliseda is also a former State District Judge for both the 398th and 139th State District Courts in Hidalgo County. (more…)

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William R. Peterson joins Morgan Lewis today as a partner in the firm’s highly ranked appellate practice. Mr. Peterson, who served as a law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones and to US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has argued before the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and state courts of appeals. (more…)

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Newfield Exploration Company has signed a definitive purchase and sale agreement with a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation to acquire approximately 42,000 net acres in the Anadarko Basin STACK play for $470 million. Akin Gump advised Newfield in the matter. (more…)

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Pillsbury today announced the addition of Dillon Ferguson, one of Texas’ foremost oil and gas lawyers, as a partner in the Litigation practice. Ferguson comes to the firm from Andrews Kurth and will split time between Pillsbury’s rapidly expanding Austin office and the Houston office. (more…)

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Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Munsch Hardt), a Texas-based commercial law firm, expands its Bankruptcy, Financial Restructuring and Insolvency practice group with the recent addition of John Cornwell. (more…)

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Memorial Production Partners LP (“MEMP”) has entered into an agreement to acquire Memorial Production Partners GP LLC from Memorial Resource Development Corp. (MRD) for $0.75 million in cash. Memorial Production Partners GP LLC is the general partner of MEMP and holds the general partner interest and 50 percent of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) in MEMP. As part of the transaction, MEMP will also acquire the other 50 percent of the IDRs held by Natural Gas Partners. Akin Gump acted as legal advisor to MEMP. (more…)

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Morgan Lewis has significantly deepened its award-winning labor and employment team in Texas with the addition of highly ranked partner Ethel J. Johnson, who will be resident in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices. Ms. Johnson joins Morgan Lewis from the employment litigation practice of another global law firm. (more…)

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Morgan Lewis has significantly deepened its award-winning labor and employment team in Texas with the addition of highly ranked partner Ethel J. Johnson, who will be resident in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices. Ms. Johnson joins Morgan Lewis from the employment litigation practice of another global law firm. (more…)

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Jackson Walker LLP is pleased to welcome William T. Johnson as a partner in the Houston office. Mr. Johnson joins the firm from Nathan Sommers Jacobs and adds even further depth and distinction to Jackson Walker’s robust Real Estate and Finance practice groups. (more…)

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