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Texas firm Locke Lord, which beefed up its international arbitration strength in Hong Kong earlier this year, has added another player in that practice area—Paul Neufeld, who will work in Houston and London.

Neufeld joined Locke Lord as a partner in the international arbitration practice group on Aug. 24, coming from Norton Rose Fulbright‘s Houston office.

Paul Neufeld

Neufeld said he was attracted to Locke Lord because it is a collegial and service-oriented firm with an “incredible global reach.” He is licensed in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has “full rights of audience” in DIFC courts in Dubai, UAE, where he was formerly based.

Neufeld declined to identify clients but said he has handled matters in the energy, defense and construction industries. In addition to disputes work, Neufeld advises clients on structuring cross-border transactions and investments.

Laura Edrington, managing partner of Locke Lord’s Houston office, said in a statement that hiring Neufeld reflects the firm’s commitment to adding highly qualified lawyers in Houston.

“Paul is an incredibly bright and personable lawyer, and his vast experience representing clients in the energy sector makes him a great addition to our Houston office, where he will work alongside many of the country’s top energy lawyers,” she wrote.

Additionally, David Harrell, chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice group, wrote that Neufeld’s arrival, coupled with the hiring of partner Ronald Sum and his team in Hong Kong, shows the firm’s commitment to the international arbitration practice.

In April, Locke Lord brought on Sum and of counsel Daniel Lee to help expand the disputes practice in Hong Kong. They came from Troutman Sanders’ Hong Kong office, which was closing.

Neufeld said the international arbitration bar is a small community and lawyers in the practice area know each other. He said his talks with Locke Lord started with a “casual conversation.”

Norton Rose Fulbright did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Neufeld’s departure.