The Legal 500 Ranks Porter Hedges Among the Leading Firms in the Country for Oil & Gas and Construction in 2023


The Legal 500 has once again recognized Porter Hedges among the nation's leading firms in its 2023 U.S. law firm rankings. The ranking recognized the firm’s oil and gas transactions, oil and gas litigation, and the construction practices.

Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas

“Porter Hedges LLP counts public and private exploration and production companies, oilfield service corporations and pipeline companies, in addition to natural gas, crude oil and refined products companies, among its key roster of clients. The team also acts for private equity groups across the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors on transactions involving fund formations, sale of assets and project equity investments. Asset-backed securitizations form a large proportion of the group’s workload. Randy King, who handles a broad range of onshore and offshore energy projects in the upstream and midstream sectors, jointly leads the practice alongside Robert Thomas, who advises domestic and international oil and gas companies in all phases of the energy business, with notable expertise in the upstream and midstream arenas.” Also mentioned as key lawyers were Jeremy Mouton, Ray Lees, James Thompson and Benjamin Rajabi

From one client testimonial, “Solid knowledge of the energy industry allows Porter Hedges to understand their clients’ needs.”

Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas

“Based in Houston, the litigation team at Porter Hedges LLP has considerable experience representing energy companies in all aspects of their business, including royalty litigation, leasehold and land disputes, unitization agreements, environmental matters and exploration agreements. The team is led by Joe Cohen, while Stephen Lee represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including contracts, trade secrets, product liability, construction and employment disputes. Eric Wade handles a broad range of business and commercial litigation in the energy sector, while Joe Thompson has a strong focus on oil and gas disputes. Stephanie Holcombe is another key contact in the group.”

Real Estate and Construction: Construction (including Construction Litigation)

The Houston based construction group at Porter Hedges LLP is adept in handling administrative, federal as well as state litigation and arbitration mandates, assisting a range of clients including managers and lenders, contractors as well as design professionals in matters of contract formation, and project financing. David Peden oversees the team and is extensively experienced in construction-related arbitration and litigation. Amy Wolfshohl focuses on construction disputes and transactions, most notably on commercial, energy and industrial matters. John Hawkins is skilled in litigation avoidance, and also handles construction, design, EPC, and energy infrastructure contracts.

One client mentions, “The Porter Hedges team is a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable construction law practitioners, who are adept and skilled at all phases of construction transactions and disputes. They are outstanding.”

The Legal 500 is a series of guides to elite law firms worldwide with only about 300 law firms recommended. The Legal 500 series has been one of the largest legal referral guides for more than 30 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.