Houston, Texas (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
Andrews Kurth LLP announced today the election of 10 of its lawyers to the partnership. Will S. Becker, Courtney Cochran Butler, Alison L. Chen, Courtney E. Ervin, Meghan E. Griffiths, Giji M. John, Callie A. Parker, Jeremy Reckmeyer, Alexander D. White, and Michael X. Ye will assume their new positions on January 1, 2014.
Will S. Becker | Dallas
Will’s practice focuses on federal income tax matters and Texas franchise, sales and use tax matters, with an emphasis on real estate, asset securitization, corporate mergers and acquisitions and corporate spin-offs and split-offs. Will assists clients in analyzing such tax matters and their impact on corporations, S corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, real estate investment trusts, real estate mortgage investment conduits, hedging transactions and other derivatives. Additionally, Will has assisted nonprofit clients in forming public charities and private foundations, including filing for federal income tax exemption for such entities. Will recently represented a publicly traded company in connection with a separation and distribution transaction valued at $ 375 million. He also represented a medical device company in connection with an $ 86 million initial public offering. Will received his LL.M. in 2005, with honors, from Northwestern University School of Law, his J.D. in 2004 from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and his B.A. in 2001 from Southwestern University.
Courtney Cochran Butler | Houston
Courtneys corporate practice includes representing issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities and working with public and private companies in structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Courtney regularly advises companies regarding securities law compliance, corporate governance and financial reporting matters and works with companies in connection with proxy and shareholder, SEC reporting, and other general corporate and securities matters. In addition to her ongoing work with issuer clients, Courtney recently represented the underwriters in a $ 540 million public offering of common units and an $ 800 million public offering of registered notes by a midstream oil and gas company and represented a diversified midstream master limited partnership in its $ 240 million private placement of common units. She also recently represented a diversified electrical infrastructure services provider in a public merger with an electrical and mechanical solutions provider. Courtney received her J.D. in 2005, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, where she also received a Certificate for Advanced Studies in Maritime Law, and her B.B.A in 2001 from The University of Texas.
Alison L. Chen | Houston
As a tax lawyer, Alison focuses her practice on federal income taxation of corporations, partnerships (including publicly traded partnerships) and limited liability companies. Alison advises clients on the formation of business entities, the tax consequences of mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, joint ventures, asset-backed and mortgage backed securitization, and other various financial instruments. She also advises clients with respect to executive compensation matters, including compliance with Section 162(m) deduction limitations and Section 280G golden parachute issues. She recently represented the underwriters in connection with the $ 434 million IPO of Phillips 66 Partners LP and the $ 137 million IPO of Marlin Midstream Partners LP. In addition, Alison is currently representing the underwriters in connection with a $ 200 million IPO of an MLP issuer in the midstream oil and gas business. Alison received her LL.M. in Taxation in 2004 from New York University School of Law, her J.D. in 2003, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.A. in 2000 from The University of Texas.
Courtney E. Ervin | Houston
Courtney is a trial lawyer. Her practice includes representing clients in complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court and arbitration. She regularly oversees cases involving contract disputes, business torts, shareholder disputes, and insurance coverage. While Courtneys practice focuses on clients in the energy industry, she also represents clients in a multitude of other industries, including insurance, real estate, private equity and information technology. Her recent cases have included favorably settling a lengthy, multi-party oil and gas dispute pending in both state court and in arbitration, obtaining a take-nothing settlement in an insurance coverage dispute and obtaining a partial summary judgment on behalf of an insurance client on a coverage issue of first impression in the Southern District of Texas. Courtney received her J.D. in 2005, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center, where she was Publications Editor of the Houston Law Review. She earned her B.S. in psychology from Colorado State University in 2000.
Meghan E. Griffiths | Austin
Meghan has considerable experience in administrative law and litigation, judicial appeals of agency matters and energy regulatory and electric utility law. Meghan has advised clients in regulatory matters and contested proceedings before many state agencies in Texas, including the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas General Land Office. She has also advised clients on federal regulatory matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the past year, Meghan has represented and advised Texas manufacturers in a contested multi-billion dollar utility merger, electric utility rate cases and electric market design matters. She also won a summary judgment motion dismissing a bid protest of a $ 10 million contract award to a rail car manufacturer by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority and successfully handled multiple open records requests from competitors seeking trade secret and confidential information submitted with governmental bids. Meghan received her J.D. in 2004, cum laude, from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, in Plan II Honors and Russian Literature from The University of Texas in 1995.
Giji M. John | Houston
Giji counsels clients in connection with the development and finance of domestic and international energy projects. He has extensive experience representing project sponsors, construction contractors, lenders and utilities through all stages of development, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. Gijis development work includes experience in long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, management services agreements and site services agreements. His representation has included transactions involving liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, methanol facilities, petrochemical refineries, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) facilities, wind energy, solar energy, natural gas-fired peaking and combined-cycle power plants, upstream oil & gas, transportation, aviation and ports. Giji recently represented the sponsor in the $ 5.9 billion Sabine Pass LNG Liquefaction Facility project financingthe largest North American project financing in 2013. He is also currently representing the sponsor in the negotiation of the engineering, procurement and construction contract for a post-combustion CCS facility interconnected to the W.A. Parish power plantwhich, when complete, will be the first commercial-scale post-combustion CCS facility in the United States and the largest commercial-scale post-combustion CCS facility in the world. Giji earned his J.D. in 2001 from the University of Michigan Law School. He received his B.A. in 1996 from Northwestern University.