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Porter Hedges LLP
United States

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Porter Hedges LLP advises an array of major public and private E&P companies, private equity funds, and midstream and downstream companies for a wide range of oil and gas transactions. In addition to its expertise in advising on complex oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures, both conventional and unconventional, the team is also recognized as a major player in managing carbon sequestration agreements and transactions. Randy King and Robert Thomas jointly lead the Houston-based team, which includes Jeremy Mouton, known for handling some of the oil and gas industry’s largest acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and securitization transactions (ABS), and James T Thompson, who specializes in the upstream, midstream and renewable segments of the energy industry.

Practice head(s):

Randy King; Bob Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Mouton; James T. Thompson


‘We value the quick responses that we receive. The depth of knowledge from the partners and associates is quite apparent.’

‘Knowledge and skill set. They can determine which issues are business matters and what constitutes potential legal exposure.’

Key clients

PureWest Energy, LLC

Viper Energy Partners

Ascent Resources, LLC

Alpine Summit Energy Partners, Inc.

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc.

U.S. Well Services, Inc.

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Noble Energy/Chevron USA, Inc.

Verdun Oil Company

Franco-Nevada Corporation

Sage Road Capital

Altitude Energy Partners LLC

ARM Energy


Carnelian Energy Capital

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Based in Houston, Porter Hedges LLP assists clients operating in commercial, industrial, energy, and infrastructure construction over the full project, in contract formation, financing projects, as well as in federal, state, and administrative litigation and arbitration. The practice group is led by experienced David Peden and Amy Wolfshohl. John Hawkins frequently assists in federal and state litigation and arbitration of design and construction matters. Sean McChristian delivers the full range of advice of design and construction projects, and David Salton has notable experience in commercial disputes, in international commercial arbitrations in particular. Allison Snyder departed in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Peden; Amy Wolfshohl

Key clients

US Trinity Energy Services LLC

Targa Resources

Grand Prix Pipeline

Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex LLC


Bio Energy (Austin) LLC


Hidalgo County

Brazoria County

Harris County

Founded in 1981, Porter Hedges is a full-service Houston-based law firm with an office in Oklahoma City. We provide the highest quality work across a range of industries, with particular preeminence in the energy sector. As leading practitioners, we are committed to excellence across our firm and favor an efficient, value-minded approach to serving our clients. We develop practical and integrated solutions to complex challenges that we approach with a business-oriented mindset.

Main areas of practice
Energy transactions: Porter Hedges provides clients with a cross-practice team of attorneys who have handled more than $200 billion in energy transactions across the full spectrum of the oil and gas industry.

Corporate/M&A: The firm counsels public and private companies ranging in size from NYSE-listed companies to start-ups on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, M&A, venture capital financings, private placements, joint ventures, and exchange offers.

Litigation: Porter Hedges’ trial lawyers have both the experience and resources to meet the complex litigation needs of large national and multinational corporations, as well as those of small to mid-sized companies and individuals, from pre-litigation negotiation through appeal.

Commercial lending and finance: The firm’s practice is focused on the middle market and crosses many industries. The firm advises financial institution clients, such as lenders, corporate trustees, collateral agents, issuers, underwriters, and credit enhancers.

Bankruptcy: Porter Hedges represents debtors, creditors, trustees, creditors’ committees, institutional lenders, and investors in connection with out-of-court debt restructurings, acquisitions and financings, in addition to Chapter 7, 9, and 11 bankruptcy cases.

Construction: The firm represents contractors, public and private owners, developers, lenders, construction managers, sub-contractors, architects and engineers, sureties, vendors, and suppliers in regards to litigation, arbitration, and contract negotiation.

Tax: Porter Hedges’ tax group regularly assists public and private enterprises with the federal, state and international tax aspects of acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings and financings of corporate and partnership ventures.

Intellectual property: The firm’s team advises on portfolio preparation and management; freedom-to-operate, invalidity and non-infringement opinion work; transactional matters, including licensing and due diligence support; and patent, trademark and trade secret litigation.

Real estate: Porter Hedges represents developers, investors, lenders, owners, and tenants on projects, including pre-development planning and financing, entity selection and structure, acquisitions and sales of improved and unimproved properties, construction contracts, commercial leases, and operating agreements.

Employment: The firm represents clients in investigations and litigation over employment, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, severance agreements, and theft of trade secrets, as well as providing advice regarding existing employee policies and procedures.

Department Name Email Telephone
Energy transactions Robert H. Thomas
Energy transactions C. Randall King
Corporate/M&A Kevin J. Poli
Litigation Joseph D. Cohen
Commercial lending and finance Joyce K. Soliman
Bankruptcy John F. Higgins
Construction David D. Peden and Amy Wolfshohl
Tax Craig M. Bergez
Real estate George S. Craft
Employment William R. Stukenberg
Intellectual Property Jonathan Pierce
Photo Name Position Profile
Laura Alaniz photo Laura Alaniz Laura Alaniz is an experienced litigator and advisor focusing on representation of…
Craig M Bergez photo Craig M Bergez Craig Bergez counsels private companies and their owners regarding general business matters,…
Corey C Brown photo Corey C Brown Corey Brown leads the Corporate Practice Group. He advises companies on a…
George S Craft photo George S Craft George Craft leads the firm’s real estate and real estate finance sections.…
John R Hawkins photo John R Hawkins John Hawkins represents businesses in complex commercial disputes in federal and state…
John F Higgins photo John F Higgins John Higgins leads the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice. His practice focuses…
Stephanie Holcombe photo Ms Stephanie Holcombe Stephanie Holcombe works with companies and their owners and executives to manage…
C. Randall King photo C. Randall King Randy King is Co-Chair of the Energy Section of Porter Hedges. His…
Stephen H Lee photo Stephen H Lee Stephen Lee is a trial lawyer and leader of the firm’s Litigation…
Sean M McChristian photo Sean M McChristian Sean McChristian is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in…
Jeremy A Mouton photo Jeremy A Mouton Jeremy Mouton focuses on advising E&P companies, private equity and direct investment…
Eugene M Nettles photo Eugene M Nettles Gene Nettles extensive litigation practice focuses on all types of energy disputes,…
David D Peden photo David D Peden David Peden heads the firm’s Construction Section. He has extensive experience in…
Benjamin J Rajabi photo Benjamin J Rajabi Ben Rajabi counsels a broad array of energy clients in transactional matters…
Robert G Reedy photo Robert G Reedy Rob Reedy’s practice focuses on public companies and emerging privately held entities…
Brian Rose photo Mr Brian Rose Brian Rose focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments,…
Joyce K Soliman photo Joyce K Soliman Joyce Soliman leads the firm’s Finance Section and chairs the Diversity Committee.…
Cornelius Sweers photo Mr Cornelius Sweers Cory Sweers represents clients in all stages of the construction process, from…
Robert H Thomas photo Robert H Thomas Bob Thomas is Co-Chair of the Energy Section of Porter Hedges. His…
James T Thompson photo James T Thompson James Thompson represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate,…
Eric D Wade photo Eric D Wade Eric Wade represents clients in virtually every type of complex business and…
Amy K Wolfshohl photo Amy K Wolfshohl Amy Wolfshohl is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in…
Number of Partners : 70
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 50
Total Staff : 220
Co-Managing Partner : E. James Cowen
Co-Managing Partner : Joyce Kao Soliman