Akin Gump Welcomes Energy Partner W. Robert Shearer in Houston

Akin Gump today announced that W. Robert Shearer has joined the firm as a partner in its energy practice in Houston. Mr. Shearer focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and capital markets transactions for energy, oil field services, manufacturing and technology clients. Mr. Shearer began his legal career at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in Houston. He spent the last 13 years as a corporate partner at BakerHostetler LLP, where he was immediately prior to joining Akin Gump.

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Morgan Lewis Continues Expansion with the Addition of Nine Healthcare Professionals

Morgan Lewis continues the significant expansion of its healthcare and litigation teams with the announcement today of three new partners in Houston—B. Scott McBride, John Petrelli, and Gregory N. Etzel—as well as healthcare of counsel Summer Swallow, two additional healthcare associates, and a senior health policy analyst. This announcement follows the arrival of two healthcare partners in November, adding nine healthcare team members to Morgan Lewis’s elite group delivering regulatory, transactional, litigation, and government investigations services to hospitals, health systems, and other medical providers.

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Morgan Lewis Adds Group of Veteran Healthcare Partners in Houston with National Focus on Hospitals and Health Systems

Morgan Lewis today welcomes to its Houston office two veteran healthcare lawyers who represent hospitals, health systems, and other medical providers on a wide array of regulatory, transactional, litigation, and government investigations matters across the United States. The partners—Susan Feigin Harris and Donna S. Clark—are highly respected healthcare lawyers in Houston, a city known for its world-class, cutting-edge hospitals and medical research facilities. Ms. Harris and Ms. Clark joined Morgan Lewis today, with additional partners and several of counsel, associates, and other team members expected to join Ms. Harris and Ms. Clark later this month.

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Mark Waite joins DLA Piper as partner in Houston

DLA Piper announced today that Mark Waite has joined the firm’s Litigation practice as a partner in Houston.

Waite has focused on complex commercial litigation in the energy industry for more than 20 years, with extensive experience in the area of petrochemicals. He comes to DLA Piper from LyondellBasell, a leading chemical company, where he served as head of global litigation and oversaw high-value disputes, advised C-level executives and led the company’s legal health, safety and environmental functions.

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Kilpatrick Townsend Launches Office in Houston

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that it has opened an office in Houston. With the firm successfully expanding into Dallas in 2015, Kilpatrick Townsend now has two offices in the Lone Star State.

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