Reed Smith LLP has opened its first office in Texas to better serve clients in the energy and natural resources industry sectors. The office, located in the BG Group Place at 811 Main Street, Houston, opened with 12 partners from the local offices of seven law firms forming the initial group of new Reed Smith partners.
The six partners joining the firm's Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group are: E. Lee Haag and Chris Watt from Fulbright & Jaworski; Paul B. Turner, formerly of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan; Craig R. Enochs and Daniel Nossa from Jackson Walker; and Charles "Stan" Perry from Haynes & Boone. In the US Commercial Litigation practice, the two new partners are Kenneth E. Broughton and Francisco Rivero, both formerly with Haynes & Boone. Reed Smith's Life Sciences Health Industry Group adds Stephen E. Scheve, formerly of Baker Botts. Wanda G. Holloway joins the Labor & Employment practice from Seyfarth Shaw; Carol M. Burke, formerly with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, joins Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group; and Robert R. Riddle joins the firm's IP practice from Baker Botts.
"Establishing an office in Houston is an important strategic objective for the firm," said Gregory B. Jordan, Reed Smith's global managing partner. "It provides significant benefit to Reed Smith's clients in the energy and natural resources industry sectors, and further complements our premier practices in commodities and trading, renewables, and natural gas."
Houston Integration Partner
David A. Thompson, a partner in its Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group and Real Estate practice, will be the firm's integration partner in Houston. Prior to assuming the role, Thompson was office managing partner of Reed Smith's San Francisco office. The firm routinely relocates a senior partner into its new offices to help integrate the lateral partners.
Energy & Natural Resources Group
The firm's Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group has more than 100 members worldwide providing regulatory, transactional and litigation services. It serves businesses in the extraction, production, distribution or financing of energy and natural resources projects, products, and services worldwide, including developers, producers, manufacturers, traders, financiers and investors, insurers, and transporters in the energy and natural resources sectors – whether they are involved in traditional resources, such as oil, gas, nuclear, metals and minerals, or in renewable and clean energy.
"Although Pittsburgh is at the center of the Marcellus Shale and Reed Smith is deeply involved in its development, many of the key decision makers for the Marcellus resources are Houston-based. That's another factor making Texas a smart location for our firm," Jordan added.
Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.