Mr Michael O'Leary > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10166
United States

Work Department

Capital Markets




Represents public and private companies and investment banking firms in corporate finance and M&A transactions, including: mergers, acquisitions, de-SPAC transactions, dispositions, IPOs and other public offerings, private placements; partnerships/joint venture formation; public company spin-offs; redemptions and consent solicitations; royalty trusts and VPP financings; upstream, midstream and interstate pipeline transactions; private equity and infrastructure investments in energy and portfolio company representation; counsels Boards of Directors and special committees on governance, fiduciary duties and conflict of interest transactions; joint bidding arrangements and corporate governance counseling. Expertise in upstream and midstream energy, intrastate/interstate pipeline, oilfield service company, MLP, royalty trusts and securities matters.


  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas


  • JD, 1980, with honors, University of Houston Law Center
  • BS, 1977, cum laude, Finance, The University of Alabama

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas

(Leading lawyers)

Michael O’LearyHunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP represents multinational oil-and-gas companies in litigation, advises governments on the development of regulatory regimes, and assists energy companies, investors and lenders on the development, financing and acquisition of oil-and-gas interests. The team’s experience also covers oil-and-gas acreage, asset and entity acquisitions, and transactions involving exploration, production, development and transportation. Energy transactions specialist Harve Truskett leads the team from Houston and can call on the expertise of Michael O’Leary  (also in Houston) who focuses on corporate securities and M&A in the energy space.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

(Leading lawyers)

Michael O’LearyHunton Andrews Kurth LLP

At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, the M&A team pulls together multidisciplinary transactional, competition, data protection, labor, securities, tax and IP expertise. Richmond-based Steven Haas handles a wide range of corporate transactions, and is also active on the corporate governance and shareholder activism fronts. Steven Patterson, a member of the Washington DC office, co-chairs the team alongside Haas and is particularly well-regarded among retail and consumer products entities. The practice is also active in the field of energy-related deals, owing to the extensive expertise of Michael O’Leary in Houston.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a particular focus on energy, power, REITs, retail and financial services. It has a broad spread of issuer clients and an especially strong connection to underwriters such as RBC Capital Markets, JP Morgan Securities and Bank of America Securities. Although better known for investment grade debt, it has achieved substantial growth in high-yield thanks to its well established energy capital markets practice in Houston, where partners Henry Havre and Michael O’Leary  have advised on a series of headline deals.