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Sutherland Strengthens Energy Practice in Houston with Addition of M&A Partner

January 6, 2010

HOUSTON (January 6, 2010) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today that Benjamin G. Clark, a Houston corporate attorney who has practiced energy law in Texas for approximately 30 years, has joined Sutherland as a partner in the Energy and Environmental Practice Group from Dewey & LeBoeuf.

“The addition of Ben underscores Sutherland’s growth strategy in Houston and reinforces the firm’s commitment to our energy clients," said Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman,  “Ben brings with him extensive M&A experience further strengthening our transactional capabilities in Houston, and his experience in energy trading and LNG adds even greater depth to areas where we are already industry leaders."
 
Mr. Clark has represented energy concerns in numerous domestic and international transactions including traditional exploration and production companies, refineries, pipelines and oilfield service companies.  His practice will focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances within the energy industry.
 
“Ben is one of the most experienced corporate energy lawyers in the country, and his joining us reflects our commitment to continually enhancing and expanding our client services to the energy industry and the Houston market," said Rachel Giesber Clingman, Co-Partner in Charge of the Houston office.

“Sutherland is a great platform for growth, and I look forward to working with the group to enhance our ability to serve our energy clients," Mr. Clark said. “The firm has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the energy industry. This commitment enables Sutherland to deliver enhanced and efficient services to clients across the energy sector."

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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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