Daniella Landers, left, and Bart Huffman, right. (Courtesy photos)
Reed Smith has expanded in Houston with four lateral hires, including cybersecurity partner Bart Huffman and energy and environmental partner Daniella Landers.
Huffman, former chair of Locke Lord’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, joined Reed Smith’s intellectual property, information and innovation group, while Landers, who comes from Katten Muchin Rosenman, joined as a partner in Reed Smith’s energy and natural resources group. Also, senior corporate transactions associate Rodrigo Morales Draxl, formerly of King & Spalding, joined the firm’s Latin American business team, and Paige Bennett, a trial lawyer who was a former prosecutor in California, joined as an associate in the labor and employment practice from Bracewell.
The lawyers joined Reed Smith on Feb. 15, but the hires were not announced until Tuesday. The firm opened its Houston office in March 2013 with 17 lawyers; the office now has 63.
Huffman, who moved from Austin to Houston to join Reed Smith, said his privacy and cybersecurity practice has become increasingly global, and he liked the fact that Reed Smith has a mature practice with an international team. He said he also was attracted to the “excitement” in Reed Smith’s Houston office and the opportunities its clients provide for him.
He said he will commute to Austin one day a week to teach a class on cybersecurity and privacy at the University of Texas School of Law.
Landers said she talked to Reed Smith about joining the Houston office when it opened in 2013, and has been impressed with its growth in the Houston market over the last four years. She said she knows a number of lawyers in the office, including two who formerly practiced with her at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.
“I know quite a few people. It was almost like coming home,” Landers said.
She said her practice is broad-based and includes litigation, regulatory compliance and accident response. “Given the breadth of the firm and the numbers of international offices and their energy and natural resources practice group, it just seemed to be a really good fit for my practice,” she said.
Kenneth Broughton, managing partner of the Reed Smith Houston office, said in a statement that the lateral hires are “high-caliber attorneys” who will benefit the firm’s clients because of their experience in cybersecurity, environmental, corporate and labor law.
Neither Huffman nor Landers would identify specific clients. Huffman said his clients are in transportation, financial services and energy. Landers said hers are in the energy, petrochemical and manufacturing areas.
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