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Expansion of Sutherland’s Texas Energy Practice Makes Headlines

Posted on: February 10th, 2016

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan’s addition of more energy lawyers in Texas made news in several publications. The Houston Chronicle quoted Houston Partner in Charge Daniel Johnson, who described the firm’s new additions as part of an effort to represent clients facing the consequences of falling oil prices.

In an article headlined, “Sign of the times: Law firm adds energy bankruptcy partner in Houston,” the Chronicle also quoted Mr. Johnson as saying he expects to do more energy-related hiring.

The article pointed to Mark Sherrill, who moved from Sutherland’s Washington, D.C., office to Houston to focus on complex energy bankruptcy matters. The addition of John Zerwas Jr., the former policy adviser in the Texas governor’s Budget and Policy Division, to Sutherland’s Austin office also was noted, along with update that three other energy lawyers joined the firm in the state’s capital last year.

The Chronicle also reported that Daniel LeFort, a former in-house counsel for Shell and Exxon Mobil, had joined the Houston office as counsel.

Texas Lawbook also reported on Sutherland’s expansion in a story headlined, “Sutherland Expands Energy Capabilities in Texas” (subscription only). “Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is expanding its energy practice in response to turbulence in the oil and gas industry,” the online publication said.