PITTSBURGH – Reed Smith announced today that Megan S. Haines, previously the co-chair of McGuireWoods’ energy disputes team, has joined Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group as a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

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In moving to Reed Smith, Haines rejoins her colleague Ryan T. Purpura, a renowned dealmaker in the oil and gas space, who also joined the firm as a partner in Pittsburgh in September, having previously chaired McGuireWoods’ global energy group. In addition to Haines and Purpura, their colleague, Ryan Haddad, today also joins the firm as an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group focused on transactions.

“We are very excited to welcome Megan and Ryan, who have a strong, collaborative relationship with Ryan Purpura,” said Prajakt Samant, chair of Reed Smith’s global Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group. “Together, this tightly-knit team presents the full package of legal services for our industry clients, with Ryan Purpura providing strategic legal and business advice on transactions, Megan Haines delivering essential environmental regulatory and energy litigation capabilities, and Ryan Haddad rounding out the team with his focus on mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas space.”

A leading energy litigator, Haines has first-chaired numerous high-profile energy disputes and environmental regulatory matters in state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies. She represents a broad array of businesses in energy, commodities, and manufacturing – from natural gas exploration and production and coal mining, to steel and carbon product manufacturers.