Ms Courtney Cochran Butler > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
600 TRAVIS, SUITE 4200
United States

Work Department





Courtney’s practice includes representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities. In addition, Courtney works with public and private companies in structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and represents issuers and purchasers in private equity investments. Courtney also regularly works with public companies in connection with proxy and shareholder matters and advises public companies regarding securities law compliance and corporate governance and financial reporting matters, including compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and the NYSE and NASDAQ listing rules.


  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Louisiana


  • JD, 2005, cum laude, Tulane University Law School, National Moot Court Team member, Certificate for Advanced Studies in Maritime Law, Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Senior Notes and Comments Editor
  • BBA, 2001, Marketing, The University of Texas

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

The practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is significantly weighted towards manager-side matters and it is often engaged by major bulge bracket banks. The firm also handles issuer-side work, particularly in its industry sweet spots of energy, utilities, gaming and healthcare. Among its other distinguishing factors, the group’s solid project finance offering positions it to advise on complex project financings completed through the issuance of high-yield notes. In Houston, Henry Havre is noted for his strong activity in energy-related high-yield offerings, where he represents issuers, underwriters and private equity funds. Houston-based Michael O’Leary co-heads the firm’s corporate team and is also noted for energy-related transactions. The capital markets department is co-led by Susan Failla and Peter O’Brien in New York, together with Houston-based Courtney Cochran Butler and Richmond’s David Wright.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s clear sector focus pays dividends and the firm has established itself as a key player in offerings involving the REIT, energy, power, energy, retail and financial services spheres. In particular, the power and utilities capital markets team secures a significant share of that market segment and acts as either issuer’s or underwriters’ counsel for over 60 utilities industry clients. Among the names to note, Houston-based Michael O’Leary is recognized for his strong profile in energy-related offerings. Houston-based group co-head Courtney Cochran Butler is also noted for her deep experience in energy transactions. In New York, department co-head Peter O’Brien has a broad capital markets practice, with a focus on the power industry. New York-based Susan Failla and Richmond-based David Wright also co-lead the group.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Following its name-making merger in 2018, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP continues to raise its profile in the capital markets space. The group’s keen sector focus on energy, utilities, retail and REITs pays dividends and it is consistently involved in major debt deals across all four core areas. The practice is well-weighted between issuer and underwriter-side mandates and it notably serves as issuer’s or underwriter’s counsel to over 100 public companies. Houston-based Courtney Cochran Butler co-heads the national capital markets group and her broad industry focus takes in energy, utilities, retail and technology-related transactions. Susan Failla co-heads the team from New York and has a focus on companies in the consumer products, energy, information services and financial services industries. In Houston, corporate co-head Michael O’Leary is noted for his emphasis on energy-related public and private offerings. Peter O’Brien and David Wright also co-head the group from New York and Richmond respectively. Richmond-based Mayme Beth Donohue is an impressive associate.