Legal 500 has once again recognized Porter Hedges nationally as among the leading firms in its 2013 U.S. law firm rankings. The firm’s construction practice is again ranked and our bankruptcy practice was recognized for the first time. In total, the survey recommended our bankruptcy and construction practice along with five attorneys including:
Finance: Corporate Restructuring (including bankruptcy) – John Higgins
Porter Hedges LLP has a reputation for fielding a ‘historically strong financial institutions creditor practice’ and group head John Higgins is highlighted as ‘highly responsive’. Energy, chemical and natural resources-related matters are a specialism and it continues to garner a steady amount of instructions in these areas. Among its recent highlights, it advised creditors Anadarko Petroleum, Buffalo Gap Instrumentation & Electrical, Concho Resources, DnB NOR Bank and Forest Oil Corporation in the Chapter 11 case of SemCrude.
Real Estate and Construction: Construction – John Hawkins, David Peden and Allison Snyder
The 14-strong construction practice at Porter Hedges LLP provides ‘timely and comprehensive advice on strategy, exposure and analysis’, and advises clients on a range of transactional, litigation and insurance construction matters. Practice head David Peden recently successfully defended Brasfield and Gorrie against defects and delays claims totaling $50m. Peden secured a victory for the client, which was then affirmed on appeal. Allison Snyder is defending the City of Houston against a $15m claim for breach of contract. The case was won before the First Court of Appeals in Houston, and is now pending before the Texas Supreme Court. John Hawkins is ‘nothing short of fantastic’, and Cynthia Holub is also recommended.
The Legal 500 is a series of guides to elite law firms worldwide with only 305 law firms recommended. The Legal 500 series has been one of the largest legal referral guides for more than 20 years for commercial and private companies, corporate counsel, CEOs, and professional advisers. The publication interviews in-house counsel and lawyers globally to compile its annual guides.