DALLAS – Less than two weeks after announcing that it has opened an office in Dallas with a group of 16 lawyers, including eight partners, Reed Smith today announced that it has added its ninth partner to this burgeoning office. Jorge Gutierrez has joined the firm as a partner in its Energy & Natural Resources practice, bringing to the Reed Smith an esteemed practice in exploration and production (E&P), midstream, and energy finance. Gutierrez was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Gutierrez’s practice focuses on representing private and public E&P and midstream companies operating throughout the United States on matters concerning the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas properties and midstream assets, general business operations, as well as representing banks that make secured, reserved-based loans to E&P companies. His experience includes negotiating purchase and sale agreements, farmout agreements, drilling joint venture agreements, gas gathering and processing agreements, transportation agreements, project development agreements, joint operating agreements and other industry contracts. Before becoming a lawyer, he had an 11-year career in corporate and investment banking. This combination of legal and business experience allows Jorge to counsel clients on a broader set of issues affecting shareholder value.

“When we announced our entrance into Dallas earlier this month, we said that we were committed to bringing aboard the best transactional and litigation talent in the market, people whose legal acumen complements that of our growing team, and whose personality fits the culture of the firm. In Jorge, we have a partner who meets those criteria and then some,” said I. Bobby Majumder, Reed Smith’s Dallas co-office managing partner. “Jorge is a top-flight lawyer who has built a stellar reputation locally and throughout Texas for guiding clients through complex energy transactional matters. We look forward to introducing him to Reed Smith clients across our global network, who we are certain will benefit from his presence here.”