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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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys and additional staff from the intellectual property law firm of Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri L.L.P (“Wong Cabello”) have joined the Firm in its Houston office, effective June 9, 2015. As a result of these additions, Blank Rome significantly bolsters its IP practice to more than 60 attorneys and broadens its service offering to clients. All 5 name partners are joining, with J. David Cabello serving as co-chair of Blank Rome’s Intellectual Property and Technology group. They bring with them an additional 6 partners, 4 of counsel, 9 associates, and professional staff. (more…)

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Hogan Lovells announced today that Jeffrey Whittle has joined its Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology practice (IPMT) as a partner in the Houston office (more…)

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Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Duston K. McFaul has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in both its Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, and Energy practices. Mr. McFaul is an experienced restructuring lawyer with a concentrated practice built around complex business restructurings, negotiated workouts and contested proceedings.

Mr. McFaul takes a solutions-oriented approach to financial restructuring matters in his representation of clients, which include debtors, secured lenders, bondholder committees, other unsecured creditors, and equity sponsors. He also has deep experience representing clients through an array of trials, adversary proceedings and arbitrations resulting from actions, including alleged business torts, contested sales/divestitures, valuation, fraudulent transfer and transactional issues. (more…)

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Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has recently added a top-tier team of nine attorneys across various practice areas including real estate, labor and employment, intellectual property, litigation, and health care. The attorneys, whose experience further enhances the firm’s highly regarded multi-practice capabilities, include shareholders John J. Tucker and Shira R. Yoshor, along with associates Janis E. Clements, Hampton D. Crow, Jr., Alan W. Hersh, Banee Pachuca, Amy E. Simcox, David A. Walker, and Theresa M. Wanat. (more…)

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Akin Gump advised the conflicts committee of the board of directors of Summit Midstream Partners, LP (SMLP) in a $255 million “drop-down” acquisition by its subsidiary Bison Midstream, LLC of the equity interests of certain SMLP subsidiaries (more…)

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Robert J. (“Bert”) Viguet, Jr. has joined Porter Hedges as a partner focusing on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. He also regularly assists clients with securities offerings, private equity financing and syndicated credit facilities. He works primarily for clients in the energy, energy service, and technology industries. (more…)

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