HOUSTON—Winston & Strawn LLP announce April 4 that renowned corporate energy lawyer Jimmy Vallee has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner. Jimmy joins Winston from Paul Hastings where he was a partner in the Corporate Department. He has advised clients in more than $100 billion worth of global energy transactions.

“Houston continues to be the U.S. energy sector headquarters and a world center for virtually every segment of the oil and gas industry,” said Winston Chairman Tom Fitzgerald. “Jimmy’s leadership and experience enhance our existing platform and position us to handle the full scope of oil and gas sector-related transactions.”

“Jimmy is recognized as one of Texas’ top energy dealmakers and has developed the knowledge and skill to craft an enviable number of megadeals during his career,” said Doug Atnipp, managing partner of the firm’s Houston office. “We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy to our team.”

Vallee’s practice focuses on representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures and corporate governance matters, primarily for energy companies, investment banks and investors involved in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, and oil field services industries. His clients include public and private corporations, MLPs, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity funds.

“It's clear that Winston is intent on building a robust corporate energy practice in Texas and I’m looking forward to contributing to that effort,” Vallee said.

Vallee is a frequent speaker on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, MLPs, energy regulation and transactions, and securities law.  He is also the author of the 2017 Amazon best-seller “Giant Shifts: Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future” which has been praised for its thoughtful vision of an energy future constructed through hard work and ingenuity.

He earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law and is a graduate of Lamar University.