Firm Profile > Porter Hedges LLP > Houston, United States

Porter Hedges LLP
United States

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Porter Hedges LLP is instructed by independent exploration and production companies, oil field services and pipeline companies, and private equity investors in various transactions across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. The team is jointly headed in the Houston office by Robert H Thomas and Randy King, who, alongside Jeremy Mouton, acted for Noble Energy in the $1.1bn sale of its remaining Marcellus upstream assets to HG Energy II. Another key figure is Oklahoma-based Ray Lees, who has particular expertise in commercial energy transactions. Jacqueline Moy joined the team from Apache Corporation and Benjamin Rajabi joined from Eversheds Sutherland.

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Porter Hedges LLP handles construction matters in the commercial, industrial, energy and infrastructure sectors in the state of Texas. David Peden achieved a significant victory for Bilfinger in an international arbitration case centering on the construction of an iron ore processing facility; the client, as contractor, had its contract unlawfully terminated for alleged delays, and subsequently successfully awarded $30m after a two-week hearing. John Hawkins supported on this matter, and also represented HOK, the designers behind the University of Texas' facilities, in litigation with the university over alleged design flaws. Heather Hatfield was active on this matter. Amy Wolfshohl and Nick Simms are other notable names.

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Key areas of work for Porter Hedges LLP's litigation department include royalty disputes, title disputes, tort and insurance defense and commercial litigation. Houston-based Eugene Nettles is the head of the team. In an ongoing highlight, a group led by Nettles is acting for an oil exploration and production company operating in the Permian Basin in a royalty dispute in which the plaintiffs are seeking to recover alleged deductions for post-production costs exceeding $3m; the case raises novel questions about pricing differentials and adjustments at the point of sale. Apache Corporation and Shell Oil Company are some other noteworthy clients. International litigation and arbitration specialist Tom Bayko (Houston) is also highly recommended.

Founded in 1981, Porter Hedges is a full-service Houston-based law firm with an office in Oklahoma City. Our team includes business and trial lawyers experienced in a wide range of legal services across a broad spectrum of industries with preeminence in the energy industry. We are known for handling sophisticated transactions and complex litigation on behalf of a diverse group of clients in established and growing industries. We represent public and private companies and are recognized for both the depth of our experience and the ability to meet our clients’ business objectives. Our team has particular experience in energy transactions, corporate M&A, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, commercial lending and finance, real estate, and construction law.

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: the firm 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Energy transactions Robert H Thomas
Energy transactions C Randall King
Corporate/M&A Corey C Brown
Litigation Eric D Wade
Commercial lending and finance Joyce K Soliman
Bankruptcy John F Higgins
Construction David D Peden
Tax Craig M Bergez
Intellectual property Ray T Torgerson
Real estate George S Craft
Photo Name Position Profile
 Craig M Bergez  photo Craig M Bergez
 Corey C Brown  photo Corey C Brown
 George S Craft  photo George S Craft
 John Hawkins  photo John Hawkins
 John F Higgins  photo John F Higgins
 Randy King  photo Randy King
 C. Randall King  photo C. Randall King
 McCaleb Marshall  photo McCaleb Marshall
 David D Peden  photo David D Peden
 Robert G Reedy  photo Robert G Reedy
 Nicholas Simms  photo Nicholas Simms
 Allison Snyder  photo Allison Snyder
 Joyce K Soliman  photo Joyce K Soliman
 Robert H Thomas  photo Robert H Thomas
 Eric D Wade  photo Eric D Wade
Number of Partners : 71
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 37
Total Staff : 220
Managing Partner : Robert G Reedy