Thirteen partners join Orrick’s new Houston office

The international law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe today named 13 partners who have joined the firm’s new Houston office. Orrick announced the opening of its Houston office – its 25th worldwide – on Jan. 19 to focus on four areas that complement Orrick’s global areas: Energy & Infrastructure, Latin America, Litigation and Intellectual Property (IP), and Public Finance.

The founding lawyers, all native Texan practitioners, come from six law firms. The office will serve clients in the energy and infrastructure, technology, and finance sectors – the sectors for which Orrick is a global advisor. In addition to the 13 new partners, the firm also expects to announce seven more partners, at least five of whom are expected to join later this month.

Several members of the new team will join Orrick’s global leadership team. Blake H. Winburne, an energy projects and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lawyer, will serve as co-leader of Orrick’s 130-lawyer Global Energy & Infrastructure Group. The new Orrick Houston office leader – a Latin America practitioner, with corporate, M&A, private equity, and energy transactions experience – will join the firm later this month. In addition, he will co-lead the firm’s Latin America Group, with another new partner from the same firm.

Other senior team members include Dahl Thompson, a practitioner in Projects and Renewables, and Claudia Wilson Frost, an IP, commercial, and appellate litigator.

Transactional Team: Energy & Infrastructure, Latin America, Corporate/M&A

Orrick’s Houston transactional team will bring experience from across all segments of the energy market, expanding into Texas Orrick’s global energy & infrastructure team. Orrick’s new Houston partners serve participants in the electric power, renewable energy, and oil and gas markets. The team will have particular depth in Latin America, providing M&A, private equity, corporate finance, and project development and finance capabilities, as well as local market insight, with established relationships with local law firms across the region. This Houston-based transactional practice will complement and be fully integrated with Orrick’s projects and cross-border M&A teams in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

New transactional team practitioners who focus on Energy & Infrastructure, Latin America, and Corporate/M&A that the firm is announcing today, in addition to Winburne and Thompson, include Matt Archer, Brad Gathright, George Humphrey, Giji John, and Darrell Thomas.

In addition, the soon-to-be announced Houston office leader will be joined by four other partners on his team. Altogether, the five partners will bring their collective experience in oil and gas transactions, including upstream, midstream, and downstream M&A and project development. They will also be joined by a seasoned practitioner in cross-border transactions, with experience throughout Latin America and a particular focus on Mexico. In addition, two other partners from another firm will bolster the team’s experience in corporate and public company M&A transactions for the energy sector and will add tax expertise.

Litigation: Commercial, IP, and Appellate

The litigation team combines Texas trial, IP, and appellate talent with Orrick’s global litigation platform. Orrick’s Texas litigation team brings trial and appellate skills in complex commercial, IP, and antitrust matters for energy and technology companies.  

Joining this team are Claudia Wilson Frost, an IP and commercial trial and appellate practitioner, and Orrick’s IP business unit leader, Denise Mingrone. In addition, deepening Orrick’s litigation bench are Katherine Ginzburg Treistman, a trial lawyer who has practiced 20 years with Susman Godfrey, and Jeffrey Johnson, who focuses on complex litigation, particularly patent litigation in federal district courts and inter partes reviews. He primarily advises clients in the energy, oil and gas, life sciences and tech sectors.

Public Finance

The addition of a five-member Texas public finance team gives Orrick public finance practitioners in nine markets nationwide. Todd Brewer will serve as vice chair for Orrick Public Finance in Texas. In addition to Brewer, joining the Public Finance team are Hoang Vu, Marcus Deitz, Kathryn Garner and J. Kent Friedman.

The firm expects to announce additional team members in the coming weeks.

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