HOUSTON - Reed Smith today announced that Kevin D. Keenan, a Houston-based lawyer whose wide-ranging global practice is at the intersection of energy transportation and infrastructure development, has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in its global 140-lawyer Transportation Industry Group. A former partner with Hogan Lovells, Keenan advises clients across the energy sector, with a focus on LNG, project development and shipping.

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“Kevin is a key addition to our team,” said Rob Wilkins, co-chair of the Transportation Industry Group. “His arrival expands our transactional shipping capabilities, LNG experience and infrastructure project work in Houston and in the US, while providing additional bench strength to our well-known energy and commodities practices.”

An internationally recognized practitioner with more than two decades of experience, Keenan has earned a strong reputation in the energy space, particularly in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, where he has carved out a unique niche practice involving all three links of the LNG value chain, including areas where those three links increasingly overlap (floating liquefaction, storage and regasification). Additionally, Keenan has extensive experience with a full range of other commodities-related transportation and development projects, including crude oil, petrochemicals, coal and biodiesel.

“Reed Smith is a marquee player representing all facets of the shipping and energy industries worldwide. Its global platform, stretching from Houston to London to Singapore and Hong Kong, enables the firm to effectively service the needs of its diverse client base,” Keenan said. “My presence in the US market will significantly broaden the reach of the firm’s combined capabilities in shipping and energy and the firm’s existing global shipping and energy platform will provide robust bench strength to enable me to better service my clients as well as further grow my practice.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin with his international shipping and infrastructure development practice to our Houston office,” said Kenneth E. Broughton, Houston office managing partner. “His connections in Asia, Europe and the Middle East are a great fit with our global resources, and we are eager to work with him to expand his practice as he bolsters our own capabilities.”