Christy Jack.


Christy Jack, a partner at Varghese Summersett, has been named a 2017 Great Woman of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press. Jack was celebrated along with other North Texas women Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the City Club of Fort Worth. The annual award honors women for being trailblazers in their profession and for their dedication to family and the community.


Anne Moretti Langford has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate in the firm’s corporate practice group. Langford’s practice focuses on acquisitions, add-on transactions, sales transactions and health care services. Langford was an associate at Andrew Kurth Kenyon.

Julian Seiguer has joined Kirkland & Ellis as partner in the firm’s Houston office. Seiguer joins the firm’s capital markets practice group. Seiguer concentrates his practice on complex equity and debt capital markets transactions representing both issuers and investment banks on initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, Rule 144A offerings and other corporate financing transactions. He has extensive experience advising private equity-backed companies in IPOs and high-yield debt offerings, particularly in the upstream, oil-field services and midstream sectors. He also represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies, along with other public and private companies, in mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and investments. Seiguer was partner at Vinson & Elkins.

Kristen B. Ford has been named partner at Mayer Brown in Houston. Ford joins the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice. Ford focuses her practice on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters. She represents both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, as well as issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities. Ford also advises clients regarding general corporate and securities matters, including Exchange Act reporting and corporate governance.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Olivia Adendorff has been named partner at Gibson Dunn. Adendorff focuses her practice on antitrust, employment, securities and general litigation matters, with particular experience in managing complex commercial class actions. Adendorff graduated cum laude in 2009 from Harvard Law School, where she served as managing editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. In 2009, she clerked for Chief Judge Sidney Fitzwater in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Baker Botts has named seven partners in Texas:

Jonathan Bobinger’s practice focuses on corporate and securities matters. He represents public and private companies, including master limited partnerships (MLPs) and YieldCos, in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, private equity investments and general corporate matters. Bobinger also advises clients on securities compliance issues, including Exchange Act reporting.

Coleson Bruce’s practice focuses on complex transactions in the energy industry, including the acquisition and divestiture of energy companies and assets, and oil & gas joint venture/development arrangements. His practice also includes extensive experience advising clients in the evaluation and structuring of cross-border or other first-entry investments in the U.S. energy sector.

Brian Johnston practices in all areas of intellectual property law across a broad range of technologies, with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has litigated patent cases in district courts across the country on behalf of both patent owners and accused infringers, as well as Inter Partes Review proceedings (IPRs) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Louie Layrisson advises clients on a broad range of civil matters, and his trial practice includes energy, products liability and personal injury litigation, as well as commercial disputes and arbitrations. In the energy industry, he works closely with clients on a variety of operational issues and legal disputes arising from oil and gas exploration and production, transportation and refining.

Meghan McElvy represents corporate clients in a range of complex civil litigation matters with a primary focus on energy litigation and regulatory and administrative proceedings. Other practice areas include disputes relating to construction and manufacturing defects and personal injuries.

Jennifer Nall’s principal practice area is intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation and appeals in high-technology cases. Her litigation experience extends to all phases of pre-trial, trial, post-trial and appeals. She practices in front of numerous district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the Supreme Court. Nall prepares and prosecutes patent applications, including integrated circuits, software and mechanical devices. She also does transactional work in the high-tech sector, including software licensing.

Jonathan Platt manages a broad corporate practice, representing public and private companies and private equity funds (and their portfolio companies) in mergers and acquisitions (including joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, asset acquisitions and divestitures and strategic transactions), private equity funding arrangements and capital markets transactions. A significant portion of his practice involves oil and gas clients (upstream and midstream). Platt also has experience across many other industries, including technology, real estate and life sciences.