Houston

6200 Chase Tower 600 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77002
United States of America
F +1 713 546 5830

From our office in Houston, we serve regional, national and international clients, primarily in the energy, chemicals, technology, manufacturing and industrial business segments. Our lawyers in Houston focus on pre-litigation and litigation matters, international dispute resolution, tax financing and international trade. Our dedicated team has a strong track record of achieving positive outcomes on behalf of clients of all sizes and industries.

The office devotes considerable attention to providing legal support for international projects, including outbound work for US clients and inbound work for international clients transacting business in the Houston area and throughout the Southwest. Recent matters handled by the office have involved clients and projects throughout the US and internationally.

As members of local, national and international bar organizations and industry groups, our lawyers share experience of many business segments. We are particularly active in organizations concerned with the energy industry, Latin American business, international arbitration, construction and domestic litigation.

With a strong collegiate culture, we collaborate with our colleagues in 45 worldwide offices to provide a seamless service. No matter whether your interests are locally focused or multinational, we can rely on our influential network to deliver swift, pragmatic solutions.

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Our Areas of Expertise in Texas

Corporate

We are a top-ranked corporate M&A practice for domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions.

We provide a full-service practice to advise public and private companies, private equity and venture capital firms, emerging companies and entrepreneurs in Texas and across the US on the full spectrum of corporate transactional services. In banking, we routinely advise commercial, investment and merchant banks, government and regulatory agencies, borrowers and issuers of debt, equity and hybrid securities, investment advisers, broker dealers, specialty finance companies and alternative capital sources.

Construction & Engineering

Ranked a top 10 US Real Estate Practice in Commercial Property Executive.

We focus on clients involved in construction and engineering. We have developed a substantial experience base in commercial and public projects ranging from transportation to commercial office buildings. Our focus on managing both “front-end” and “back-end” issues in construction and engineering projects enables our clients to employ consistent and coherent strategies throughout the life cycle of a project.

Energy & Natural Resources

Commended by Legal Business as Energy & Natural Resources Team of the Year.

Several of our lawyers in Texas serve as part of our international energy and energy disputes team. We provide a wide range of legal services to energy industry clients in a number of key segments, including project development, corporate transactions, upstream and midstream oil and gas projects, power, commodities trading, energy finance, LNG, transportation, refining and processing, and cross-border transactions. In all of these areas, our lawyers act for both domestic and international clients involved in exploration and production, oilfield services and equipment, power generation, and energy marketing and trading.

Environmental Litigation

Ranked Tier 1 for Environmental Litigation in the Best Law Firms survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with Best Lawyers in America.

Our combination of trial skills, dispute resolution experience and substantive expertise allows us to give you sophisticated and cost-effective representation in the most complex environmental disputes. Our successful environmental litigation experience includes cases brought in federal and state courts throughout the US, including the US Supreme Court. We have defended countless civil and criminal enforcement cases brought by federal and state regulators, defended citizen suits, defended and brought cost recovery actions, litigated natural resource damage actions and handled myriad multiparty and class action toxic tort cases. The history and nature of our clients’ requirements have led to our firm drawing principally on lawyers with litigation and dispute resolution experience. As a result, we excel in handling complex litigation, including challenges to new rules, defense of government and citizen suit enforcement actions, advancement and defense of cost recovery actions, and defense of multiparty and class action toxic tort actions.

Government Investigations & White Collar

The Legal 500 US recommends our Government Investigations & White Collar Practice in the area of Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense.

We offer formidable and highly organized resources to effectively represent clients faced with potential investigations and any parallel civil and criminal prosecution. Using our global resources, insight into government and geographic presence, we are able to quickly identify the appropriate team to handle all phases of an investigation, any subsequent congressional inquiries or civil or criminal actions, including class and multijurisdictional mass actions, while at the same time helping clients focus on future developments, whether regulatory or legislative in nature. Our team includes former senior-ranking litigation and trial lawyers who honed their skills inside US Attorneys’ offices and the US Departments of Justice (DOJ), Homeland Security and Treasury, as well as the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), among other US agencies. We have been involved in four of the 10 largest DOJ Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and Anticorruption investigations, including as monitor in one of the largest FCPA matters. Our lawyers are involved in the defense of civil, criminal and regulatory matters in courts around the country, as well as before numerous agencies and forums, including before courts, Congress and regulatory agencies.

Intellectual Property & Technology

Practice recognized by leading publications such as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and The Legal 500.

We are well positioned to help you integrate IP into your business plan and execute it effectively. Our global presence enables us to quickly address your IP needs anywhere in the world. Our team represents clients in many industries across all of the five major areas of IP, including patent protection and portfolio strategy, brand protection, commercial agreements, trade secrets and IP litigation. We have a deep understanding of the interplay between IP rights and the practical needs of your business. Our philosophy is to focus on protecting and enforcing IP in order to advance your business interests and increase shareholder value. We are driven by a total commitment to client success and achieve this by offering practical and strategic advice, working closely with you to plan, develop and protect your IP.

Labor & Employment

Ranked as a top 25 Labor & Employment Practice worldwide by Law360’s Practice Group Partner Rankings.

As part of our Labor & Employment Practice, our team in Texas offers advice, counsel, advocacy and solutions that are tailored specifically to the individual needs of each client. We are at the forefront of strategic employment and labor relations issues for our clients, including the enforcement of non-compete and confidentiality agreements, discrimination and wage and hour litigation, workforce restructuring and reorganizations. We also advise clients regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment contracts, handbooks, investigations and internal compliance audits, as well as advising employers in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Litigation & International Dispute Resolution

Regularly recognized by the Global Arbitration Review as a Top 30 international arbitration practice.

Several members of our Texas team serve as part of our Litigation and International Dispute Resolution teams. They regularly represent clients in a variety of commercial business segments, as well as focus on energy industry litigation focused on exploration and production, and in construction disputes primarily involving the development and operation of energy infrastructure projects, refining and processing plants, power generation facilities and petrochemical plants.

Public & Infrastructure Finance

Nationally recognized bond counsel firm in the US since the beginning of the 20th century and are consistently ranked by an affiliate of Thomson Reuters among the top bond, disclosure and underwriters’ counsel firms in the country.

We operate at the intersection of business, government and public policy. In doing so, we are unrivaled in the combination of our expertise in public finance, public-private infrastructure procurement, finance and development, and public policy. Our project development and financing capabilities are industry focused and complemented by a full range of practice specialties, which are combined seamlessly to bring to bear, for the benefit of our clients, the most appropriate expertise, knowledge and skills, wherever those resources may be located.

Real Estate

Ranked as one of the top 10 Most Powerful Real Estate Law Firms by Commercial Property Executive, when assessed through a number of qualitative and quantitative measures (including revenue generation, practice breadth, experience and accomplishments).

We provide comprehensive, results-driven legal services to guide you through all aspects of commercial real estate activity. We act as trusted advisors to investors, developers and lenders, helping to maximize the benefits of their activities. We can share our expertise across the full range of real estate legal services, from acquisition, planning, development, financing, construction and leasing through to the sale of real estate assets. We represent clients in all real estate sectors: office, retail, industrial, multifamily residential, mixed use, healthcare and hospitality.

Restructuring & Insolvency

Global M&A Network named us USA Restructuring Law Firm of the Year at its 2020 Turnaround Atlas Awards ceremony.

Our seasoned team is expert in all facets of restructuring and insolvency engagements, including US Chapter 11 reorganizations, US Chapter 15 cross-border insolvencies and US Chapter 9 municipal restructurings. Our clients span every type of business, both public and private, and range from middle market to Fortune 500 companies. Clients include distressed companies, financial institutions and indenture trustees, private equity firms, hedge funds, insolvency practitioners, unsecured creditors and creditors’ committees, investors, bondholders and bond insurers, pension scheme trustees, strategic and financial buyers of distressed companies, lessors, and officers and directors.

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Our Texas lawyers’ skills and commitment to clients are recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society for Barristers, as well as by numerous peer-reviewed publications, including Best Lawyers, Chambers, Global Arbitration Review 100 and The Legal 500.