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Porter Hedges Elects Six New Partners for 2015

Houston, Texas, January 26, 2015 -- Porter Hedges announced today that six lawyers have been elected as partners effective January 1, 2015. The new partners are Mandy Diaz (Tax), Derek Forinash (Intellectual Property), Anders Gibson (Energy Finance), H. McCaleb “Mac” Marshall (Energy), Kate Wade (Litigation), and Amy Wolfshohl (Construction).

“This new class of partners once again demonstrates how Porter Hedges rewards hard-working associates and provides them opportunities to invest in their careers over the long-term,” said Managing Partner Rob Reedy. “The breadth of practices represented in this group also reflects the strengths of our firm and its ability to address client needs across a wide range of business issues. We are proud to have Mandy, Derek, Anders, Mac, Kate and Amy join the partnership.”

Mandy L. Diaz (Tax)
Ms. Diaz’ versatile practice encompasses income taxation, transfer taxes, employee benefits, executive compensation and general corporate matters. Her practice includes general and business planning matters and all aspects of the formation and reorganization of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. Additionally, Ms. Diaz focuses on aspects of estate and tax planning, wills, trusts, and wealth preservation planning. Ms. Diaz was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars in Estate Planning & Probate in 2010 and 2011. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She is a member of Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and active in the firm’s Women’s Initiative program.

Derek V. Forinash (Intellectual Property)
Mr. Forinash’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters including U.S. and international patent and trademark application drafting and prosecution, licensing, technology development agreements, portfolio management, freedom to operate analysis, and product clearance analysis. He has represented clients in a wide range of technologies and industries including upstream oilfield technology, rotating equipment, petrochemical technology, offshore platforms, mechanical devices, and computer software and hardware. Mr. Forinash has over fourteen years of intellectual property experience and has spent time in private practice and as in-house patent counsel. Prior to law school, he worked as an engineer designing oilfield equipment. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.S. from Louisiana State University.

Anders T. C. Gibson (Energy Finance)
Mr. Gibson’s practice focuses on representing agents, lenders, participants and borrowers in a variety of energy and commercial financing transactions, including reserve-based lending, mezzanine financing, revolving and term credit facilities, second lien credit facilities, syndicated and single-lender financings, secured hedging transactions, intercreditor matters, loan workouts, compliance with hedging regulations, acquisitions and divestitures of energy-related assets and companies and related secured transactions. Mr. Gibson received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Arkansas and his B.A. from the University of Virginia. He has been selected by Martindale Hubble as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Law, with an AV Preeminent peer review rating.  In addition, Mr. Gibson received the firm’s 2011-2012 Pro Bono Award for his outstanding contributions to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

H. McCaleb "Mac" Marshall (Energy)
Mr. Marshall’s practice focuses on a wide range of energy-related projects located onshore, offshore, upstream, midstream and internationally, including negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, exploration and development agreements, joint operating agreements, natural gas purchase, sales and marketing agreements, gas gathering and processing agreements, oil and gas transportation agreements, and related midstream agreements, gas storage agreements, production handling agreements, master service agreements, and other agreements and instruments customary in connection with oil and gas joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, and midstream infrastructure. Mr. Marshall also represents lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of conventional and mezzanine energy financing and related secured transactions, including reserve-based lending and revolving and term credit facilities. Mr. Marshall is licensed in Texas and Louisiana, and is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Kate Wade (Litigation)
Ms. Wade’s litigation experience includes jury trials and arbitrations and includes the following areas: complex business litigation, contract disputes, fiduciary duties, insurance coverage and bad faith, oil and gas exploration and production equipment and technology, products liability, personal injury, trade secrets, construction disputes, and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Ms. Wade has tried cases to verdict and judgment in Texas federal and state courts and to final award before the American Arbitration Association. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.A., with honors, from The University of Texas. Ms. Wade is an active member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative program and Diversity Committee.

Amy K. Wolfshohl (Construction)
Ms. Wolfshohl’s practice focuses on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including construction law, energy, and other technical fields. She has experience in both federal and state court. Ms. Wolfshohl has represented subcontractors, owners, general contractors, homeowners, and others in disputes related to commercial, industrial, pipeline, and residential construction. Ms. Wolfshohl was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars in 2012, 2013, and 2014 for Construction Litigation. Before practicing law, Ms. Wolfshohl was a project engineer for general contractors in Texas and California. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.S., summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University.  Ms. Wolfshohl is an active member of the firm's Women's Initiative program and Diversity Committee.

 

In the Press:

"Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 16," Texas Lawyer

"People in Business," Houston Chronicle

"Recognition Plaque," Houston Business Journal (Mandy Diaz, Derek Forinash, Anders Gibson, Mac Marshall, Kate Wade, Amy Wolfshohl)

"Recognition Plaque," Dallas Business Journal (Mandy Diaz, Derek Forinash, Anders Gibson, Mac Marshall, Kate Wade, Amy Wolfshohl)

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