Dentons Opens Houston Office Focus on Current Energy Clients Leads Houston Expansion

HOUSTON, Sept. 24, 2013  Dentons announced today that it will open an office in Houston, underscoring the Firm's commitment to serving energy clients in the US and worldwide. The Firm currently represents the world's most significant energy companies in all aspects of their business and in all major energy producing, refining, transport and utilization markets. The new office, Dentons' 16th US location and 79th globally, builds on the recent combination of Fraser Milner Casgrain, Salans and SNR Denton, leveraging the Firm's worldwide presence across the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and Africa to serve more than 400 existing clients in Houston.

"With the largest energy practice, our expansion into the capital of American energy is a natural extension of  becoming Dentons," said Dentons US managing partner Mike McNamara. "Growing in Texas has been a priority, and Dentons' Houston office will allow our lawyers and professionals to leverage the Firm's extensive global energy network to help clients capture opportunities and adapt to evolving sectors, technologies and regulations." 

Houston is the Firm's second Texas office. The Firm's Dallas office opened in 2007 and is home to approximately 50 professionals, many of whom serve the Firm's energy clients. Dentons lawyers in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa also have significant relationships in Texas, representing Houston-based energy companies around the world.  

"Our clients increasingly require a truly global law firm to support their business objectives," said Elliott Portnoy, Dentons Global Chief Executive Officer. "As a gateway to the world's most important energy markets, Houston will draw Dentons lawyers from around the world to focus on our clients' most complex and sophisticated needs."

In addition to energy, Houston and its surrounding areas are home to a thriving base of industries, including medical and biomedical technology, global trade and aeronautics. To support these sectors and others, Dentons will advise clients on matters relating to litigation, intellectual property, regulatory and real estate, among other practice and sector strengths.

The office, to be located in the LyondellBasell Tower at 1221 McKinney Street, will initially be staffed by multi-disciplinary partners and professionals, including Barry Cannaday, Terrence Dill, Martin Gibson,  Karl Hopkins, Steve Molina, C. Michael Moore, Mark Nelson, Sinan Pismisoglu, Jason Schumacher, Ryan Sears and Susan Wood. It will also serve as a major hub for lawyers across Dentons' worldwide Energy practice.

Newhouse + Noblin is the exclusive recruiter for Dentons in Houston. Please contact Russell Newhouse at (214) 295 3370 or rnewhouse@newhousenoblin.com with any recruiting inquiries.

About Dentons
Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. It was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three highly valued law firms. Each built an outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes—individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and startups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenge the status quo and offer creative, dynamic business and legal solutions.

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