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Sutherland Lands Top Litigator Rachel Giesber Clingman for Growing Houston Office

August 14, 2007

HOUSTON (August 14, 2007) Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today the addition of a top litigation partner for its expanding Houston office.  Effective immediately, Rachel Giesber Clingman, formerly of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, joins Sutherland’s Litigation Practice.   She will serve as Co-Partner-in-Charge of the Houston office and will head a national business litigation group, which includes energy and environmental litigation.

Ms. Clingman is an experienced trial lawyer, who has handled numerous jury trials and appeals across the country.  She has received nationwide recognition for her client work in complex commercial litigation, including BTI Consulting Group’s prestigious 2007 Client Service Award.

Ms. Clingman is recognized as one of the five top Women in Energy by EnergyLaw360.  She previously served as President of the Women’s Energy Network in Houston and on the Advisory Board of the 2005 and 2006 World Oil Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology.  In addition to energy and commercial litigation, her first-chair trial experience includes aviation claims, shareholder disputes, and international litigation arising from alleged acts of terrorism in the Middle East. 

"Sutherland is enjoying successful and steady growth—particularly in our Houston office, where we continue to build our practices and attract top practitioners," said Sutherland’s Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman.  "With Rachel, we’re adding even more firepower to our growth in Texas and nationally." 

Sutherland’s lawyers address issues of significance in virtually every area of practice.  Developing a strong corporate and national litigation team, with particular experience in the energy area, is a critical aspect of Sutherland’s plan for Texas.

"Texas is the energy hub.  Our energy and national litigation clients want Texas trial lawyers who understand the energy industry and who will advocate successfully for them in Texas courts and throughout the country," said Don E. Wood, Houston Partner-in-Charge.  "Rachel brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the service of clients, and her industry experience will allow us to better serve our energy clients throughout the firm," added Mr. Wood.

Ms. Clingman lists Sutherland’s dedication to partnering with its clients and commitment to developing a major presence in Houston and the Southwest as key to her decision to join the firm.  "I was introduced to Sutherland by a mutual client, who praised the firm for its client-centered approach and communication.  The firm has an excellent national reputation, client support and a strong vision for Texas," said Ms. Clingman.

In the past year, Sutherland’s Houston office also has added top talent to its banking, real estate, immigration, environmental and energy practices. 

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation’s largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 450 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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