Andrews Kurth Elects Ten New Partners for 2011

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Andrews Kurth LLP announced today the election of ten of its lawyers to the partnership. Monica S. Blacker, Nancy B. Bostic, Jeffrey M. Butler, Heather McLemore Chenoweth, Timothy A. “Tad” Davidson II, Austin D. Jones, Allison D. Mantor, Matthew G. Nielsen, Paul Radich, and Mitchell A. Reid, will assume their new positions on January 1, 2011.

This group of new partners carries on a tradition at Andrews Kurth of recognizing exemplary legal talent

Andrews Kurth LLP announced today the election of ten of its lawyers to the partnership. Monica S. Blacker, Nancy B. Bostic, Jeffrey M. Butler, Heather McLemore Chenoweth, Timothy A. “Tad” Davidson II, Austin D. Jones, Allison D. Mantor, Matthew G. Nielsen, Paul Radich, and Mitchell A. Reid, will assume their new positions on January 1, 2011.

“This group of new partners carries on a tradition at Andrews Kurth of recognizing exemplary legal talent,” said Bob Jewell, Managing Partner. “The addition of these new partners will allow us to continue to build on the excellence of our people and provide value to our clients every day.”

MONICA S. BLACKER | DALLAS

Monica's practice includes representation of debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and creditors’ committee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Monica's practice focuses on out-of-court workouts and in-court bankruptcies. In the recent years, her focus has been on real estate cases, representing major lending institutions. Monica's recent cases have included NextMedia Group, Inc., BroadStar Wind Systems Group, LLC, DBSI, Inc., M.B.S. Properties and Kitty Hawk, Inc. Monica received her J.D., cum laude, in 1996 from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and her B.B.A., cum laude, in 1993 from James Madison University.

NANCY B. BOSTIC | HOUSTON

Nancy’s practice includes representing publicly-traded and privately-held companies and venture capital funds in equity and debt securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions, including public company competitive bidding contests, valued from $25 million to $1 billion. Nancy has extensive experience in recapitalizations and joint ventures requiring complex LLC and partnership agreements. Nancy recently represented Hilcorp Energy Company in a $400 million investment by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in a newly-formed partnership to own and develop Hilcorp’s oil and gas properties in Texas, represented Magellan Midstream Partners in a $65 million development agreement with a private investment group to construct crude oil storage facilities in Oklahoma and represented Atlas Holdings LLC in $50 million acquisition of an energy-from-waste plant in Michigan. Nancy received her LL.M. in Taxation in 1996 from New York University School of Law, her J.D., cum laude, in 1995 from Pepperdine University School of Law and her B.A. in 1991 from Tufts University.

JEFFREY M. BUTLER | HOUSTON

Jeff’s practice includes a broad range of business transactions, with focus in the areas of banking, finance, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes representing lenders and borrowers in secured lending transactions, project financings and commercial loans, as well as representing buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate and representing landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing transactions. His experience also includes representing both buyers and sellers in asset and equity purchases in a variety of fields, including oil and gas and energy-related industries, and representing both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy matters. Jeff received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2002 from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. in 1996 from The University of Texas.

HEATHER McLEMORE CHENOWETH | HOUSTON

Heather’s experience includes representation of issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, as well as representing corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience with master limited partnerships. Heather also advises public companies regarding compliance with the corporate governance requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the periodic reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other general corporate and securities matters. Most recently, she represented the acquirer in the $8.0 billion merger with Enterprise GP Holdings L.P., the special committee of the board of directors of the target in the $1.9 billion merger with Inergy L.P., and the underwriters in the initial public offering by Oasis Petroleum Inc., the largest U.S. IPO then priced year to date in 2010 and the first onshore exploration and production company to go public since 2007. Heather received her J.D. and M.B.A. in 1998 from The University of Texas School of Law/McCombs School of Business and her B.A. in 1992, with honors, in Political Science from The University of Texas.

TIMOTHY “TAD” A. DAVIDSON II | HOUSTON

Tad's practice includes representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and various committees in Chapter 11 reorganizations across the country. His practice also focuses on pre-bankruptcy workouts and distressed real estate transactions as well as advising clients on insolvency and counter-party risks related to mergers, acquisitions and general corporate transactions. Tad received his J.D. in 1999 from Emory University School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, in 1994 from University of South Carolina.

AUSTIN D. JONES | DALLAS

Austin’s practice focuses on litigation with an emphasis on commercial litigation and oil and gas litigation involving upstream and midstream segments of the industry. As a part of his commercial practice, Austin has handled cases in both state and federal courts involving contract disputes, deceptive trade practices, cyberpiracy, intellectual property, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, misappropriation of confidential information, and breach of warranty. In connection with his oil and gas practice, Austin has represented producers and processors in state court and arbitration proceedings involving a wide range of matters, including royalty litigation, lease termination cases and disputes arising under operating agreements. Austin is a member of the IT Steering Committee and often counsels clients regarding e-discovery matters. Austin received his J.D. in 2001 from The University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. in 1997, magna cum laude, from Southwestern University in Georgetown.

ALLISON D. MANTOR | HOUSTON

Allison's practice includes experience in various federal income tax matters with an emphasis on domestic business transaction planning. She has significant experience advising publicly-traded partnerships (MLPs) on capital formation, acquisition and recapitalization activities and has served as tax counsel to both issuers and underwriters in connection with numerous MLP initial public and follow-on offerings. Allison also advises clients on federal income tax issues in mergers and acquisitions, including tax-free reorganizations. Allison received her J.D. in 1989, with high honors from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.B.A. in 1985, with highest honors from The University of Texas.

MATTHEW G. NIELSEN | DALLAS

Matthew practices in the firm’s Corporate Compliance, Investigations and Defense group. His practice focuses on conducting internal investigations; assisting clients in civil and criminal matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), state securities boards, and state attorneys general; and representing clients in securities litigation. In his investigation practice, Matthew has represented boards of directors, audit committees, and small to Fortune 100-companies in matters that include alleged violations of federal and state securities laws, embezzlement and self-dealing, earnings manipulation and other accounting fraud, Medicaid fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. In his regulatory work, Matthew represents public companies, directors and officers, accountants, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and registered individuals in SEC and FINRA compliance examinations and enforcement investigations and proceedings. Matthew also has substantial litigation and trial experience, in state and federal court, as well as arbitration, successfully handling disputes that include securities fraud, shareholder and closely-held company litigation, legal and accounting malpractice, employment discrimination, complex contractual matters, and injunctions. Matthew received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2001 from Baylor Law School and his B.B.A. (Finance), cum laude, in 1998 from Texas Christian University.

PAUL RADICH | AUSTIN & HOUSTON

Paul focuses his practice on counseling governmental entities regarding litigation challenges that occur in the public sector. He has handled cases in both state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels. Specifically, Paul handles disputes involving eminent domain, ad valorem taxes, voting rights, civil rights, contract disputes, construction and commercial litigation, tort litigation, election contests, annexation and municipal incorporation, and land-use disputes, including zoning, deed restriction, sign control and other regulatory matters. Paul has participated in a number of jury trials, including the successful dismissal in late 2008 of a multi-million dollar condemnation case in which the firm's client was awarded over $1 million in fees and costs. Paul received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2001 from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1998 from the University of North Texas.

MITCHELL A. REID | HOUSTON

Mitch’s practice consists of commercial litigation, including life, health and disability insurance litigation, and business torts. His practice focuses on ERISA and all aspects of managed care litigation, including extensive experience in ERISA benefits litigation, bad faith insurance practices litigation, prompt pay litigation and provider litigation, including contractual and extra-contractual disputes with providers and hospitals. Additionally, Mitch has a significant amount of experience in oil and gas disputes, toxic tort litigation, contract disputes, debt collection, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disputes and False Claims Act and qui tam actions. Mitch received his J.D., cum laude, in 2002 from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. in 1995 from the Indiana University.

ABOUT ANDREWS KURTH LLP

For more than a century, Andrews Kurth has built its practice on the belief that “straight talk is good business.” Real answers, clear vision and mutual respect define the firm’s relationships with clients, colleagues, communities and employees. With 400 lawyers and offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Houston, London, New York, The Woodlands and Washington, DC, Andrews Kurth represents a wide array of clients in multiple industries. For more information about Andrews Kurth, please visit andrewskurth.com.

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