FisherBroyles LLP announced today that five attorneys have joined the nation’s first and largest cloud-based law firm in a major expansion of the firm’s legal talent in Houston, Texas. In addition to a top-tier oil and gas practice and a broad-based energy, environmental, commercial litigation and compliance practice, this group brings to FisherBroyles tax, international law, regulatory law, government contracts and securities and private equity expertise. Additionally, the group increases the firm’s offerings for corporate, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate.

“This is a significant move within the legal industry, involving another large lateral movement of a group of attorneys leaving a traditional law firm and collectively moving to an established cloud-based law firm,” said FisherBroyles co-founder and Managing Partner James M. Fisher, II. “Our focus on leveraging advanced technology to transform the practice of law has provided FisherBroyles with a platform that continues to attract top legal talent from traditional firms and provide high-quality, cost-effective legal services that benefit our clients and partners.”

Joining FisherBroyles as partners are Randy Burton, Landon Speights, Bob Ballentine, Ken Krasny, and Christian Goff. This accomplished group of attorneys advises clients on the many legal issues that affect all segments of the oil and gas and energy industries, including environmental, merger and acquisition, litigation and real estate issues.

“We are truly excited to bring our oil & gas team to FisherBroyles,” said new partner Randy Burton. Our group represents well over 100-years of legal experience in the energy industry, including commercial litigation, M&A, environmental compliance, and tax planning. With FisherBroyles’ virtual platform of senior-level attorneys in every practice area across 20 U.S. offices, we’ll be able to offer our clients resources and rates not previously available at traditional bricks and mortar-based firms.

Since 1987, Randy Burton has litigated a wide variety of disputes, with a primary focus in the oil and gas industry where he represents numerous US and International E&P and Energy Service clients in a wide variety of matters including environmental claims, royalty fee disputes, TENORM litigation, and warranty and indemnity claims.  In addition to his upstream litigation experience, Mr. Burton has experience handling disputes over midstream energy contracts including processing agreements and NGL allocation, pipeline construction, and maintenance contracts. He is a frequent author-lecturer on Commercial Agreements, International Contracts, the Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Acts, and the Protection of Trade Secrets.

Landon Speights is a highly adaptable commercial litigator who is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law. Mr. Speights’ practice includes high profile litigation for clients both large and small; as well advising oil and gas companies on contractual issues.

With 32 years of commercial litigation and arbitration experience, mostly with major international law firms, Robert (Bob) Ballentine has an extensive background representing a broad range of energy companies in a variety of disputes over upstream and midstream energy contracts and transactions. These have included matters related to exploration, development, joint operations, wellhead sales, natural gas processing, the marketing of natural gas and NGLs, the purchase and sale of mineral properties, oilfield service agreements, and the gathering and transmission of natural gas and petroleum products.

Kenneth M. Krasny practices in the areas of tax and corporate law with an emphasis on international and domestic taxation,  mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations and restructurings, oil, gas and mineral taxation, finance, leasing and personal and estate, will and trust planning and asset protection. Mr. Krasny has significant experience in buying and selling business and assets, divisive business separations, tax minimization strategies and capable of handling a wide range of corporate and personal transactions for his clients.   His practice has included representing Fortune 500 companies, private equity-owned companies, small closely held business and executives and individuals and their business, planning and personal matters.   Mr. Krasny is also a certified mediator and rated AV Premiere by Martindale & Hubble.

Christian Goff specializes in the area of environmental law.  He has a combined 16 years of experience both as an environmental attorney and as an environmental consultant.  Mr. Goff works with clients in the commercial, industrial, and energy sectors with high liability transactional matters and Federal, state and local regulatory issues.

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FisherBroyles, LLP is a law firm. There is nothing virtual about our rapidly growing partnership, which is as real as any of the BigLaw firms from which our approximately 140 partners in 19 offices nationwide have escaped. The major difference is our cloud-based Law Firm 2.0® platform from which our partners practice. Our platform is in the cloud, not in expensive office buildings, the costs of which BigLaw passes on to its clients through ever-increasing billable rates. Instead, FisherBroyles leverages technology to create a variable cost structure that replaces fixed assets and other unnecessary overhead that do not add value to our clients. Our ultra-efficient model also enables us to compensate our partners significantly more, which attracts top BigLaw talent, who in turn provide our clients with the highest quality of work at significantly lower rates. Founded in 2002, FisherBroyles is the first and the largest, nationwide, full-service, cloud-based law firm in existence. How can we help your business?

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