Firm Profile > Porter Hedges LLP > Houston, United States

Porter Hedges LLP
United States

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Benefiting from 'excellent industry knowledge' and a nimble and cost-effective approach, Porter Hedges LLP is well positioned to advise a range of domestic stakeholders, including private and public E&P companies and oilfield services companies, on transactional work, as well as on ongoing operational matters and day-to-day commercial contracts. Led from Houston by Robert Thomas and Randy King, the firm is most visible in the upstream and midstream sectors, and has developed a particular niche advising on transactions involving produced water, as well as E&P work relating to unconventional resources, including domestic oil and gas shale plays. The firm is also well hedged in the market to pick up work arising from the downturn in oil prices by virtue of its strong restructuring capabilities in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Robert Thomas; Randy King

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Mouton; James Thompson; Ben Rajabi


‘The firm has excellent industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Five Point Energy

Franco-Nevada Corporation

Black Stone Minerals, L.P.

Noble Energy, Inc.

Middle Fork Energy Partners, LLC

WaterBridge Resources LLC

Par Pacific Holdings

Buckhorn Resources GP, LLC

Layne Water Midstream, LLC

Hess Corporation

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

The Houston-based construction group at Porter Hedges LLP represents its client base in a range of complex construction disputes, both in litigation and ADR. David Peden heads the practice and has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration of construction, insurance, surety and commercial matters. Also recommended is Allison Snyder, who is routinely involved in litigation and ADR between owners, contractors, design professionals and sureties; she also has experience drafting and negotiating contracts.

Practice head(s):

David Peden

Other key lawyers:

Allison Snyder

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Porter Hedges LLP's Houston-based team covers a broad range of matters in the oil and gas sector including royalty claims, leasehold matters, environmental cases and exploration disputes. Eugene Nettles is an experienced trial lawyer and heads the practice alongside Eric Wade.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Nettles; Eric Wade

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Lee

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: 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.

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 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
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…
 Miranda Y Jones  photo Miranda Y Jones Miranda Jones is an intellectual property litigator specializing in patent litigation. Recognized…
 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…
 Allison J Snyder  photo Allison J Snyder Allison Snyder represents companies and individuals in complex construction disputes and business…
 Joyce K Soliman  photo Joyce K Soliman Joyce Soliman leads the firm’s Finance Section and chairs the Diversity Committee.…
 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 leads the Property & Finance Practice Group. He represents a…
 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
Managing Partner : Robert G Reedy