Operating out of offices in Houston and Oklahoma City, Porter
Hedges manages worldwide clients. The full-service firm specializes
in transactions and commercial litigation and is particularly
well-known for its Energy (Oil & Gas) practice. Fortune 500
companies, NASDAQ and NYSE-listed holdings and ambitious startups
are regular game for representation, for which the firm handles
matters like private equity, venture capital and M&A.
A Unique Model
Founded in 1981 by nine partners, Porter Hedges has grown to be
the seventh largest law firm in Houston and among the largest firms
in Texas. The firm's team includes over 110 business and trial
lawyers experienced in a wide range of legal services across a
broad spectrum of industries.
Although operating out of only two cities, Porter Hedges has
received national recognition. The firm was selected by the
National Law Journal as one of only 20 firms from across
the U.S. for inclusion in its "Midsize Hot List" in 2010 and
In 2014, seven practices and 12 partners were recognized by
Chambers USA among industry leaders. Legal 500
ranked Porter Hedges among the leading bankruptcy and construction
practices in the country; and 19 attorneys were named to
The Best Lawyers in America list.
It's All About the Oil (and Gas)
Porter Hedges' Texas and Oklahoma City offices are prime
locations for its Energy practice, which focuses on oil and gas.
The firm negotiates transactions and M&As involving assets with
net worths ranging from the hundreds of millions to billions.
In 2014, Porter Hedges represented affiliates of American Energy
Partners, LP (AELP) in the acquisition of shale acreage in the
Marcellus, Utica and Permian Basin in three separate transactions
with a combined acquisition price of $4.25 billion. The firm also
represented Chesapeake Energy Corp. in its $5.375 billion sale of
Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy.
The firm's Energy deals haven't gone unnoticed. Chambers
USA ranks the practice among the leading firms nationally; Oil
and Gas Monitor listed Porter Hedges among a select group of firms
nationally that "Really Dig" Oil & Gas in 2013; and Texas
Lawyer listed the 2011 Noble Energy $3.3 billion joint venture with
CONSOL Energy as one of Texas' Top Deals.
Summer in Houston
Porter Hedges' six-week summer program provides real world work
experiences to law students. Throughout the program, summer
associates are given opportunities to be hands-on with work
assignments that they would receive as associates; such as,
depositions, document-drafting, legal research, hearings, trials,
etc. The firm also sets aside time for summer associates to
interact with attorneys and their families outside of the office.
Among the extracurricular activities summer associates enjoy are
lunches, happy hours and dinners at partners' homes, along with
events like bowling, trivia night and Houston sporting events.