Laura J. McMahon Joins BakerHostetler as Partner in Houston Office
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Laura J. McMahon Joins BakerHostetler as Partner in Houston Office

Summary: Laura J. McMahon will join BakerHostetler’s Houston office as a partner in the corporate and energy practice.

BakerHostetler announces that Laura J. McMahon has joined the firm as a partner in the corporate and energy practices in the Houston office. Ms. McMahon joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where she served as co-chair of the Latin America Practice Group. Poe Leggette and his team joined the Denver office of BakerHostetler a few weeks ago, and were also of Norton Rose.


Ms. McMahon has over twenty years of experience in counseling global clients both headquartered inside and outside the United States. She has advised clients on issues such as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures; capital markets, corporate governance, midstream master limited partnerships, oilfield service areas and securities compliance. In the past six years alone, she has facilitated over $8.8 billion in combined gross proceeds in debt and equity offerings. She also completed disposition, acquisition, and joint venture transactions in excess of $3.2 billion.

Ms. McMahon’s clients have included those in the infrastructure, mining, energy, and commodities sectors. She is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, which has allowed her to represent multinational clients in cross-border deals in Latin America.

Poe Leggette, the newest co-chair of BakerHostetler’s Energy and Shale practice, said, “At a time when the Mexican energy sector is opening to upstream investments, Laura’s unique skills will be invaluable to the firm’s energy clients. We have made huge strides in the last few months to continue to grow the firm’s national reputation in the energy space, and Laura will greatly contribute to that effort given her skill set and geographic location in the world’s energy capital.”

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John Gherlein, the chair of BakerHostetler’s Business Group, added, “Laura’s breadth of experience, both domestically and internationally, adds more depth to our already strong capital markets and transactional capabilities. Our clients will benefit from her industry expertise as well as her substantial experience in Latin America.”

Lisa Pennington, the managing partner of the firm’s Houston office, said, “The firm is pleased to welcome Laura to BakerHostetler. Her depth of experience and relationships impart a global perspective that continues to strengthen our team of energy attorneys throughout BakerHostetler.”

As for Ms. McMahon, she stated, “Joining BakerHostetler is a unique opportunity. I hold this firm in high regard for its collaboration within the organization to benefit the firm’s clients. I look forward to working with teams across the firm to achieve successful transactions for our clients here and outside the U.S.”

Ms. McMahon earned her J.D. from the University of Houston in 1991, and her B.A. with a distinction in Spanish from the University of Illinois in 1977. She serves as a member of the International Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Houston Bar Association. She is also a founder and board member for the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and a member of the advisory board for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

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