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Porter Hedges LLP
United States

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Porter Hedges LLP counts public and private exploration and production companies, oilfield service corporations and pipeline companies, in addition to natural gas, crude oil and refined products companies, among its key roster of clients. The team also acts for private equity groups across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors on transactions involving fund formations, sale of assets and project equity investments. Asset-backed securitizations form a large proportion of the group’s workload. Randy King, who handles a broad range of onshore and offshore energy projects in the upstream and midstream sectors, jointly leads the practice alongside Robert Thomas, who advises domestic and international oil and gas companies in all phases of the energy business, with notable expertise in the upstream and midstream arenas. Both King and Thomas are based in the Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Randy King; Robert Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Mouton; Ray Lees; James Thompson; Benjamin Rajabi


‘Solid knowledge of the energy industry allows Porter Hedges to understand their clients needs.’

Key clients

Sage Road Capital

PureWest Energy, LLC

Azure Midstream Energy

U.S. Well Services, Inc.

Alpine Summit Energy Partners, Inc.

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Chevron USA, Inc.

Sequent Energy Management LLC (an affiliate of The Williams Companies, Inc.)

ARM Energy LLC

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Private Mineral and Royalty Company

Cathedral Energy Services Ltd.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Based in Houston, the litigation team at Porter Hedges LLP has considerable experience representing energy companies in all aspects of their business, including royalty litigation, leasehold and land disputes, unitization agreements, environmental matters and exploration agreements. The team is led by Joe Cohen, while Stephen Lee represent clients in a variety of litigation matters, including contracts, trade secrets, product liability, construction and employment disputes. Eric Wade handles a broad range of business and commercial litigation in the energy sector, while Joe Thompson has a strong focus on oil and gas disputes. Stephanie Holcombe is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Joe Cohen


‘Stephanie Holcombe was great to work with.’

‘Great team to work with.’

Key clients

Ascend Performance Materials

Axiall Corporation (a subsidiary of Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK))

Maximiliano Poveda

Rigby Refining, LLC and Magēmā Technology LLC

Apache Intermediate Parent, Inc.

Tech Con Trenching, Inc., CTS Manufacturing, and owner David Conlon

Weatherford International

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

James Duke Van Lue, Founder of Downhole Technology, LLC

ABB Inc. (n/k/a Hitachi Energy USA Inc.)

Hupecol Operating Co., LLC

Protégé Energy III, LLC

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

Porter Hedges LLP is adept in handling administrative, federal as well as state litigation and arbitration mandates, assisting a range of clients including managers and lenders, contractors as well as design professionals in matters of contract formation, and project financing. David Peden oversees the team and is extensively experienced in construction-related arbitration and litigation. Amy Wolfshohl focuses on construction disputes and transactions, most notably on commercial, energy and industrial matters. John Hawkins is skilled in litigation avoidance, and also handles construction, design, EPC, and energy infrastructure contracts. All mentioned individuals are located in Houston

Practice head(s):

David Peden; Amy Wolfshohl

Other key lawyers:

John Hawkins; Sean McChristian


‘The Porter Hedges team is a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable construction law practitioners, who are adept and skilled at all phases of construction transactions and disputes. They are outstanding.’

‘David Peden, Allison Snyder, and Amy Wolfshol are well-versed at representing parties in construction transactions, claims and disputes.’

Key clients

US Trinity Energy Services LLC


PBK Architects, Inc.

US Trinity Energy Services LLC

ABB Inc.

Terrance J. Hlavinka, Kenneth Hlavinka, Tres Bayou Farms, L.P., and Terrance Hlavinka Cattle Company

Targa Resources

Grand Prix Pipeline LLC

Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex LLC

Bio Energy LLC

Work highlights

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