HOUSTON, (February 2, 2011) — McDermott Will & Emery today announced that Blake H. Winburne, a partner in its Houston Office, has been named the new head of the Firm’s global Energy Advisory practice.
“Having deep experience in many critical areas of our energy practice, Blake is ideally suited for this role,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, Co-Chair of McDermott Will & Emery. “He has extensive experience in all aspects of large-scale energy projects and transactions across key industry sectors including electric power, renewable energy, as well as oil, natural gas and refined products pipelines, and other infrastructure.”
Winburne is well recognized as one of the leading energy lawyers in the country. Among other honors, he has been named as one of only six leading lawyers nationally in electric power projects by Chambers USA, and his record of success in project finance has earned him accolades in Euromoney’s Best of the Best USA and Who’s Who Legal.
“With his broad industry knowledge, energy and focus, Blake will be instrumental in achieving the Energy group’s strategic goals including growth, innovation and the continued delivery of outstanding service and results to the Firm’s diverse group of industry-leading clients,” added Jeffrey E. Stone, Co-Chair of McDermott Will & Emery.
“Originally, I joined McDermott because of the Firm’s strong commitment to the energy sector and the opportunity it presented to offer my clients a deep and broad platform of high quality services,” observed Winburne. “In my new role, I’m determined to fully leverage McDermott’s strong capabilities across all corners of the energy sector, from traditional fossil-fired electric generation and oil and natural gas exploration, production and refining, to transportation pipelines and storage and electric transmission and distribution, as well as alternative energy investments, like wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, and new clean technologies. I look with great anticipation toward the future at McDermott, confident that we can continue the Firm’s history of excellence in the energy sector.”
McDermott represents some of the biggest names in the energy industry across a broad range of corporate, transactional, litigation, tax and other matters. Moreover, the expansion of the Firm's international platform has supported numerous cross-border transactions and litigation matters, while providing the experience necessary to offer energy clients high-quality legal services around the globe.
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, the Firm has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and a close strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.