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Porter Hedges LLP
United States

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Advising energy clients on day-to-day contract and operational negotiations, Porter Hedges LLP provides expertise in oil-and-gas sector water-asset acquisitions and sales. Robert Thomas represents domestic and international oil-and-gas companies on all aspects of the energy business and has particular expertise in the up- and midstream markets; he co-leads the team with Randy King, who focuses on a wide range of energy-related on- and offshore projects, including international mandates. Both Thomas and King are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Robert Thomas; Randy King


My preference in outside transaction-counsel are professionals that are up to speed not only on current rules and regulations impacting potential transactions as well as custom and practice and what’s customary in typical PSAs, stock or merger agreements. I’m also looking for counsel that is easy to work with and understands the business well enough to know when counsel on the other side is blowing smoke. Porter Hedges has all of this as well as any of the rapidly changing technologies that come along to facilitate negotiating and consummating a transaction.

As someone with 40 years’ experience in the oil-and-gas sector with a specific focus on transactions, I can say that the folks I’ve worked with are some of the very best in this area. All of those who I’ve worked with at Porter Hedges have extensive oil-and-gas transaction experience with some of the partners at the top having track records that if not the best are very close to the top in experience relative to the broad spectrum of situations you might run into. They have been side by side with me on hundreds of transactions (buying and selling) and on multiple billion-plus transactions.

Key clients

The Williams Companies

Noble Energy/Chevron USA, Inc.

Black Stone Minerals, L.P.

Laramie Energy

Western Midstream Partners

Strata Royalty Partners

Salt Creek Midstream

PureWest Energy

Franco-Nevada Corporation

Sage Road Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented The Williams Companies in its negotiation of a joint venture with Crowheart Energy.
  • Represented The Williams Companies on its acquisition of Southland Royalty Company’s Wamsutter Field assets, as a part of Southland’s Chapter 11 reorganization process.
  • Represented Franco-Nevada Corporation on its $135m acquisition of a royalties portfolio from Mesa Minerals Partners.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Based in Houston, the energy litigation team at Porter Hedges LLP is co-led by Stephen Lee and Eric Wade. Clients praise the department for its ‘very strong bench strength and technical acumen’. With a client base consisting primarily of companies involved in the life-cycle of petroleum products and specialty chemicals, the team undertakes both litigation and arbitration, and has particular experience handling M&A, joint operating agreements, leasehold and land disputes, among others.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lee; Eric Wade

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Nettles; Brian Rose; Stephanie Holcombe


Very strong bench strength and technical acumen, great communication between team members.’

Cost-conscious service and great customer service from Brian Rose and Stephanie Holcombe.’

Eric Wade is very invested in sharing success with his clients.’

Key clients

James Duke VanLue (founder of Downhole Technology)

US Well Services

Ascend Performance Materials

Rigby Refining and Magēmā Technology

Apache Intermediate Parent

US Trinity Energy Services

Buckeye Partners

Kinley Exploration

Overton Park Oil & Gas

Targa Resources

Work highlights

  • Represented James Duke VanLue against Downhole and its parent company, Schoeller Bleckmann America, in a $160m judgment.
  • Represented US Well Services in a $65m suit alleging breach of contract in a sand purchase and railcar usage agreement.
  • Advising Rigby Refining and Magēmā in a suit alleging that Wood Group USA and Marea Energy Partners wrongfully disclosed and otherwise misappropriated trade secrets.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Porter Hedges LLP‘s construction group is especially strong on the contentious side of the market, offering a ‘practical knowledge of construction and the ability to apply that to specific disputes‘. Based in Houston, the practice’s client base includes owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, design professionals, construction managers, and lenders, with stakes in various types of development. Leading the practice are three experienced partners: ‘superb lawyerAmy Wolfshohl focuses on complex construction transactions and construction disputes, particularly industrial, energy, and commercial matters; David Peden draws on deep experience in litigation and arbitration of construction, insurance, surety and commercial issues; and Allison Snyder, acts in numerous arbitrations and mediations of construction-related claims.

Practice head(s):

David Peden; Allison Snyder; Amy Wolfshohl

Other key lawyers:

John Hawkins; Sean McChristian; Cory Sweers


‘Practical knowledge of construction and the ability to apply that to specific disputes is an excellent strength. Their rates are extremely reasonable.’

‘Amy Wolfshohl is a superb lawyer. She is aggressive and knowledgeable and is adept with the practical realities that a client’s business faces. This is particularly evident in her conscientiousness at keeping fees appropriate to a matter, as well as tailoring strategy to the specific nature of the dispute.

‘Cory Sweers is a great associate — very impressive work product and responsiveness.’

Key clients

US Trinity Energy Services LLC

Targa Resources


Teal Construction

Power Design Inc.


Cajun Industries

Buckeye Partners

Linde Engineering

Bilfinger Westcon

Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum / HOK

PBK Architects, Inc.

Bathsystems USA



Work highlights

  • Acted for US Trinity Energy Services in an arbitration of $12m construction dispute with Moosehead Harvesting.
  • Advised Targa Resources on a $26m change order claim.
  • Represented US Trinity Energy Services in securing a $40 million settlement of change orders.

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.

Energy transactions Robert H. Thomas
Energy transactions C. Randall King
Corporate/M&A Corey C. Brown
Litigation Stephen H. Lee
Commercial lending and finance Joyce K. Soliman
Bankruptcy John F. Higgins
Construction David D. Peden
Tax Craig M. Bergez
Intellectual property Miranda Jones
Real estate George S. Craft
Employment Laura Alaniz
Laura Alaniz photo Laura AlanizLaura Alaniz is an experienced litigator and advisor focusing on representation of…
Craig M Bergez photo Craig M BergezCraig Bergez counsels private companies and their owners regarding general business matters,…
Corey C Brown photo Corey C BrownCorey Brown leads the Corporate Practice Group. He advises companies on a…
George S Craft photo George S CraftGeorge Craft leads the firm’s real estate and real estate finance sections.…
John R Hawkins photo John R HawkinsJohn Hawkins represents businesses in complex commercial disputes in federal and state…
John F Higgins photo John F HigginsJohn Higgins leads the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice. His practice focuses…
Stephanie Holcombe photoMs Stephanie HolcombeStephanie Holcombe works with companies and their owners and executives to manage…
Miranda Y Jones photo Miranda Y JonesMiranda Jones is an intellectual property litigator specializing in patent litigation. Recognized…
C. Randall King photo C. Randall KingRandy King is Co-Chair of the Energy Section of Porter Hedges. His…
Stephen H Lee photo Stephen H LeeStephen Lee is a trial lawyer and leader of the firm’s Litigation…
Sean M McChristian photo Sean M McChristianSean McChristian is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in…
Jeremy A Mouton photo Jeremy A MoutonJeremy Mouton focuses on advising E&P companies, private equity and direct investment…
Eugene M Nettles photo Eugene M NettlesGene Nettles extensive litigation practice focuses on all types of energy disputes,…
David D Peden photo David D PedenDavid Peden heads the firm’s Construction Section. He has extensive experience in…
Benjamin J Rajabi photo Benjamin J RajabiBen Rajabi counsels a broad array of energy clients in transactional matters…
Robert G Reedy photo Robert G ReedyRob Reedy’s practice focuses on public companies and emerging privately held entities…
Brian Rose photoMr Brian RoseBrian Rose focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments,…
Allison J Snyder photo Allison J SnyderAllison Snyder represents companies and individuals in complex construction disputes and business…
Joyce K Soliman photo Joyce K SolimanJoyce Soliman leads the firm’s Finance Section and chairs the Diversity Committee.…
Cornelius Sweers photoMr Cornelius SweersCory Sweers represents clients in all stages of the construction process, from…
Robert H Thomas photo Robert H ThomasBob Thomas is Co-Chair of the Energy Section of Porter Hedges. His…
James T Thompson photo James T ThompsonJames Thompson represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate,…
Eric D Wade photo Eric D WadeEric Wade represents clients in virtually every type of complex business and…
Amy K Wolfshohl photo Amy K WolfshohlAmy Wolfshohl is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in…
Number of Partners : 70
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 50
Total Staff : 220
Managing Partner : Robert G Reedy