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McGuireWoods Names New Houston Leader

McGuireWoods Partner Jay Hughes was recently named the managing partner in charge of the law firm’s Houston office.

The new title was effective Aug. 1 and follows other recent appointments.

Hughes succeeds Thomas Farrell as part of the firm’s longstanding practice of rotating key leadership positions. Farrell previously had been a lead name partner with Houston-based Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack LLP, which McGuireWoods acquired more than six years ago. Farrell has led McGuireWoods’ Houston office since then.

Hughes’ experience includes advising energy companies on acquisitions and dispositions, project development, joint ventures, mineral conveyancing, oil and gas leases and transactions associated with midstream operations. The also has led transactional teams in deals regarding renewable energy initiatives, with an emphasis on utility-scale solar and wind initiatives.

“Jay is an outstanding lawyer, and we are confident that he will provide excellent leadership in our Houston office,” Thomas Cabaniss, McGuireWoods’ managing partner, said in a press release. “I am grateful to Tom for his many years of superb service in that role.”

Prior to Hughes’ appointment, McGuireWoods also named Partner Matt Kapinosas deputy head of the firm’s energy industry team and promoted Knox Nunnally to senior counsel. Partners Tyler VanHoutan and Richard Deutsch also recently joined the firm’s Houston office in March and July, respectively.

Founded in Richmond, Virginia, McGuireWoods now has more than 1,000 lawyers in 23 offices worldwide.

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