Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has announced that six of its attorneys firmwide, including three in Texas, became partners on Jan. 1.
James E. Guy, a member of the firm’s energy and environmental practice group, is a new partner in the Austin office.
Guy says he is a 2000 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and, while in law school, was the student editor-in-chief of the Texas Environmental Law Journal. He says he joined Sutherland in September 2006 after working as an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski in Austin. Before his election to the partnership level, Guy was a counsel at Sutherland.
His practice involves assisting clients in a broad range of regulatory matters. What he does mostly, Guy says, is represent electric utilities before the Texas Public Utility Commission, but he also represents some gas utilities.
Juan C. Garcia, a member of Sutherland’s litigation practice group, is a new partner in the Houston office.
Garcia, a 2004 summa cum laude graduate of South Texas College of Law, says he joined Sutherland as an associate in May 2011 and was previously an associate at Thompson & Knight. He says that, among other things, he represents clients in business torts, product liability, commercial lease disputes, personal-injury defense and general contractual matters.
Also active outside the firm, Garcia says he serves as vice president of the Hispanic Bar Association board and also is a vice chairman of the Go Tejano Committee and a member of the legal advisory committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Another new Sutherland partner in the Houston office is Jack Massey, also a member of the firm’s litigation practice group.
Massey says he is a 2004 graduate of the UT law school and worked as an associate with Baker Botts in Houston before joining Sutherland in early 2009. In his practice, Massey says, he handles complex civil litigation and investigations, often representing firms in the energy industry. He says he served on the trial team representing Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. in the multidistrict litigation arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.