About Porter Hedges LLP

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 2012. 

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.

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Porter Hedges LLP

1000 Main Street
36th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 226-6000
Fax: (713) 228-1331
Vault ID: 26350


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Robert G. Reedy
  • Hiring Attorney: Jonathan M. Pierce
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 115

  • Employment Contact
    Melanie A. Lilienstern 
    Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
    Houston, TX 77002
    Phone: (713) 226-6584 
    Email: recruiting@porterhedges.com

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week 

  • Summer Associate Offers
    6 out of 7 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Banking & Finance
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
    Employee Benefits, ERISA & Executive Compensation
    Energy Transactions
    Infrastructure Projects
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    Project Finance
    Real Estate
    Renewable Energy
    Trust/Probate/Estate Planning

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX (HQ)
  • Oklahoma City, OK

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