Porter Hedges Welcomes Back Derek Forinash

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Porter Hedges announced today that Derek Forinash has returned to the firm as a Partner.  His practice focuses on serving as outside general counsel to private companies as well as continuing to provide comprehensive intellectual property legal services to various clients.

His experience includes more than eighteen years in both private practice and as in-house counsel, including serving as Senior Corporate Counsel for an oilfield services company and as Vice President and General Counsel of a Houston-based reservoir engineering company.

“Derek brings a unique perspective to clients having served both as lead in-house counsel as well as in private practice.  We are excited to have him back as an asset for our clients representing them in both general business management issues as well as intellectual property matters,” said Managing Partner Rob Reedy.

As outside general counsel, he provides practical legal advice to private companies on the day-to-day issues that impact their businesses including employment matters, commercial contracts, intellectual property, governance, financial transactions, and risk management.

His intellectual property practice focuses developing, protecting, and monetizing clients' intellectual property portfolios as well as drafting and negotiating various technology-related transactions, including SaaS agreements, technology licenses, and joint development agreements.

Prior to law school, Derek worked as an engineer designing oilfield equipment.

Derek received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.S. from Louisiana State University in Mechanical Engineering.