Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised GEP Haynesville, LLC in its $850 million acquisition of Haynesville Shale assets from indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Canada-based Encana Corporation (TSX: ECA, NYSE: ECA). The properties, which are located primarily in DeSoto and Red River Parishes, Louisiana, contain approximately 112,000 net acres and 300 operated wells in the most prolific area of the Haynesville Shale. (more…)

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A multi-office team at international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP obtained a jury verdict of non-infringement in a patent trial on behalf of Rex Medical, LP and Argon Medical Inc. against a non-practicing entity called EVM Systems, a subsidiary of Acacia, the world’s largest patent holding company. The case was tried in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division before the Honorable Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III. After a five-day trial, the jury returned its non-infringement verdict in just under two hours on Friday, Aug. 21. (more…)

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Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce Justin V. Switzer has joined the Firm’s Houston office as Counsel in the Real Estate and Banking Practice Group. (more…)

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Bracewell & Giuliani LLP successfully defended energy investment bank Mueller Chen & Co LLC (Mueller) in a $46.5 million fraud and breach of contract case in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which completely affirmed the August 2014 dismissal of all claims against Mueller. (more…)

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The global law firm Dentons today named Glenn Ballard, a past president of the Houston Bar Association, as Managing Partner of the Firm’s Houston office. Ballard joins Dentons following a notable career as a litigator with another law firm for more than 30 years. (more…)

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The global law firm Jones Day today announced that Stephen Olson has joined the Houston Office as a partner in the Energy Practice. Formerly a partner in BakerHostetler’s Houston and New York offices, Mr. Olson will focus on energy industry M&A, private equity investments, capital markets transactions, and corporate governance matters. (more…)

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP today announced that leading environmental attorney Daniella Landers has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in its Environmental and Workplace Safety practice. Landers’ national and international practice includes environmental compliance and transactional and litigation matters, along with crisis management and rapid response, including government investigations of environmental matters, enforcement defense, responses to citizen suits, cost recovery claims and Superfund litigation.

“Daniella brings a wealth of experience and skill in environmental law and is a strong addition to the extraordinary group of environmental professionals that our firm has brought together in just a few years,” said Katten Chairman Vincent A.F. Sergi. (more…)

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Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Stacy Smith Brown has joined the Firm’s Houston office as Partner in the Oil and Gas Practice Group.

“Stacy is a seasoned lawyer whose in-depth offshore oil and gas experience and comprehensive understanding of the energy industry as a whole will enable the Firm to better serve our clients,” said Richard B. Hemingway, Jr., the Firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group Leader. “We look forward to partnering with her to continue to take advantage of dynamic business opportunities in Houston and across the country.” (more…)

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Hogan Lovells announced today that Maria Boyce, Jennifer Smith, and Cristina Rodriguez will be joining the Litigation and Arbitration practice group as partners in the firm’s Houston office.

“As Houstonians with global practices and perspectives, Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina are the kind of market leaders who will add to our diverse, collaborative, and client-centered team,” said Stephen Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells. “Houston is critical for many of our energy clients in Texas and international clients in Latin America and beyond. We welcome Maria, Jennifer, and Cristina and the ability they bring to serve clients in this important market.” (more…)

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Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added three attorneys in Houston and Dallas: Derek J. Anchondo, who was previously a partner at Adams and Reese, joined as an energy shareholder in Houston; Christina A. Tate, previously a partner at Vinson & Elkins, joined as a corporate shareholder in Dallas; and Hiba Kazim joined the firm’s Houston Litigation Practice as an associate.

“Texas is a key growth market for Greenberg Traurig and high caliber practitioners like Derek and Christina allow us to offer our clients the highest quality and value in the delivery of legal services possible,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, chief executive officer for Greenberg Traurig. “It is my pleasure to welcome them and Hiba to the firm. The Greenberg Traurig brand stands for excellence, extraordinary value in our areas of focus, global collaboration, and a culture of respect, empowerment, and trust. And when we talk with attorneys about joining the team, we are not only looking for exceptional lawyers but also for people who share our commitment to client service and who understand both the benefits of our large focused platform and the warmth of the Greenberg Traurig family.” (more…)

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Eric English has joined Porter Hedges as a partner in the Bankruptcy section of the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. English has a diverse restructuring, litigation and creditor rights practice, including the representation of debtors, secured lenders, trade creditors, and equity holders in commercial workouts, bankruptcy restructurings and disputes. He also has experience with commercial foreclosures and has represented buyers in distressed acquisition transactions. (more…)

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Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Ricky A. Raven as a partner in the firm’s U.S. Commercial Litigation Group in Houston. Raven was formerly a partner at Thompson & Knight in Houston.

“Ricky is an exceptional addition to our national practice,” said Raymond A. Cardozo, Chair of Reed Smith’s Litigation Department. “He is an accomplished and well-known trial lawyer and has first-chaired more than 100 jury trials to verdict throughout the country. His connections to the Houston business community and with in-house counsel at major corporations are exceptionally strong. We are delighted to have him as a colleague.” (more…)

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