Orrick unveils 15-strong Houston launch team

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has announced the hire of 13 partners and two senior lawyers from firms including DLA Piper and McDermott Will & Emery, to kickstart its new Houston operation.

The team covers a variety of practice areas and includes McDermott’s global energy head Blake Winburne, who joins Orrick as co-leader of its global energy and infrastructure practice.

Fellow McDermott partners Matt Archer and Brad Gathwright, both project finance specialists, are also making the move.

Andrews Kurth is losing four partners to Orrick. The quartet includes projects partner Dahl Thompson, energy and project finance partners George Humphrey and Giji John, and energy partner Darrell Thomas.

Claudia Wilson Frost, previously co-chair of DLA Piper’s global and US patent litigation practices, joins Orrick alongside fellow DLA Piper patent litigation partner Jeffrey Johnson.

Orrick has also turned to McGuire Woods for three public finance partners: Todd Brewer, Hoang Vu and Marcus Deitz. Brewer will serve as vice-chair of Orrick’s public finance practice in Texas.

Susman Godfrey litigation partner Katherine Ginzburg Treistman and public finance senior counsel Kathryn Garner and J. Kent Friedman, both previously partners at Haynes & Boone, complete the launch team.

Orrick said it expected to hire a further seven partners for the Houston office in the coming weeks.

Orrick follows many of its rivals in launching in the Texan capital, with Holland & Knight being the most recent in September last year.