(AUSTIN) October 14, 2014 –Berry Spears, who previously served as the partner-in-charge of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Austin office, has joined Locke Lord’s Austin office as a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and its Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Insolvency Practice Group.
Spears has extensive experience representing clients in a number of key industries, including energy, financial institutions, technology, life sciences and healthcare, infrastructure, mining and commodities.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Berry’s stature and stellar reputation in the bankruptcy and restructuring practice area join us,” said Brian Cassidy, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Austin office. “Berry has represented clients on complex matters spanning numerous industries and commercial sectors, including energy/oil and gas, public utilities, high tech, communications, real estate, manufacturing and government contracts and defense. He will have an immediate impact on our Austin office and the Firm as a whole.”
Spears’ most recent work includes:
- Experience in the electric utility industry, working with companies, cooperatives and independent power producers in a variety of matters;
- Representing a major drilling contractor with operations in the Gulf of Mexico in its Chapter 11 case; and
- Counseling a major energy company who was sued in a fraudulent conveyance action for more than $1.3 billion.
Spears earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He is consistently ranked as one of the top bankruptcy/restructuring lawyers by Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal and was included in the Austin Business Journal’s list of “Who’s Who in Energy” in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and has served in numerous community leadership positions, including Chairman of the American Heart Association Walk in Austin in 2013.
Locke Lord consistently ranks among American Lawyer’s top 100 U.S. law firms. The Firm’s full range of practice and industry areas serve national and international clients from offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It has an excellent reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work, with its 650-plus lawyers building collaborative relationships and crafting creative solutions – all designed and executed to meet clients’ long-term strategic goals.