Operating from only one office in Houston, Porter Hedges manages worldwide clients and over 100 employees. 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 New Model

Nine thirty-something partners from three different firms teamed up in 1981 to create Porter & Clements, a firm that promoted based on achievement rather than seniority. To compete with bigger firms for talent, Porter Hedges implemented shrewd marketing strategies, offering the same salaries as bigger firms and becoming one of the first Houston firms to offer signing bonuses. The plan worked, and the firm more than doubled its size to 20 attorneys within its first year. The firm's unique model also meant that rather than resorting to layoffs, it reassigned existing resources to different departments when certain practice areas lost relevance and business. The practices that have survived are among its strongest today. Chambers USA 2012 has recognized Porter Hedges as having a leading Construction practice eight years in a row; other areas that have received recognition are energy transactions, corporate and M&A, banking, bankruptcy, litigation, real estate, environmental, tax and intellectual property. Intellectual Property Today named the firm one of its "2012 Top Patent Firms" and Porter Hedges placed on the National Law Journal's 2012 "Midsize Hot List," which marked its second recognition in a three year period. Twenty-one attorneys were named to Best Lawyers in America 2013, and half of its partners were named to Super Lawyers lists like Super Lawyers Business Edition and Texas Super Lawyers 2012.

It's All About the Oil (and Gas)

Porter Hedges's Texas location is prime for its Energy practice, which focuses on oil and gas. The firm negotiates transactions and M&As involving assets with net worth ranging from the hundreds of millions to billions. In 2012, Porter Hedges represented SeqWright Inc. (an affiliate of BioWright Holdings, Inc.) in its acquisition by GE Healthcare, Synthesis Energy Systems in its $15.5 million equity investment closing, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in its purchase of assets of 246,000 acres from Chesapeake Energy Corp. in New Mexico and Louisiana company EPL Oil & Gas in its shallow water oil and natural gas asset purchase from Hilcorp Energy's Gulf of Mexico Holdings. Porter Hedges's representation of ING Capital, LLC, one of several lenders to Peregrine Midstream Partners's $145 million gas storage venture in Ryckman Creek in Wyoming, was named the "North American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2011" by ProjectFinance.

Out of North America, Porter Hedges makes deals worth noting as well. The firm represented Hupecol Cuerva Holdings LLC in its sale of two Colombian assets to Latin American oil and gas production and exploration company GeoPark Holdings Limited, which operates out of Chile and Argentina, as well as Colombia. Porter Hedges previously represented Hupecol in sales to companies in Madrid and China.

Summer in Houston

Porter Hedges's summer associate program exposes its students to the nitty-gritty of being a lawyer, like depositions, document-drafting, legal research, hearings and trials, but leaves plenty of time for fun too. Among the extracurricular activities summer associates can enjoy in their off-time are cooking classes, lunches, happy hours, dinners at partners' houses, and events with titles like "Houston Dynamo Game," "Pinot's Palette" and "Casino Finale Event." 

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Porter Hedges LLP

1000 Main Street
38th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 226-6000
Fax: (713) 228-1331


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Robert G. Reedy
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 119

  • Employment Contact

    Brooke A. Leibe
    Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
    Houston, TX 77002
    Phone: (713) 226-6583
    Email: recruiting@porterhedges.com

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $150,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week 

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Arbitration & Mediation
    Banking & Finance
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
    Business Litigation
    Chemical & Refining
    Employee Benefits, ERISA & Executive Compensation
    Intellectual Property
    Native American Law
    Real Estate
    Trust/Probate/Estate Planning

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX

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