“Corporate Expansion in Lewis Brisbois Houston office…”

Law360, Houston (June 27, 2017, 7:40 PM EDT) —

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP announced Monday that it has added three partners to its Houston office, bolstering its corporate and commercial litigation practices.
Andrew Pidgirsky and Cleve Glenn are joining the corporate practice, while W. Earl Touchstone “will help cement Lewis Brisbois’ dominance in the Houston litigation market,” according to a news release announcing the hires.

Pidgirsky comes to the firm after 16 years practicing with Adams and Reese LLP; Glenn was previously at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he was a partner; and Touchstone comes to the firm after 26 years at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

“Their legal acumen will provide an added dimension to the Houston office as we continue to provide full-service capabilities in Texas and the Gulf South,” said Houston managing partner David Oubre in the statement.

Pidgirsky focuses his practice on advising clients ranging from public corporations to mid-market companies, including those in the energy industry, on mergers and acquisitions, finance, technology and international law.

Pidgirsky told Law360 on Tuesday he didn’t necessarily want to leave Adams and Reese, which he described as a “good and solid regional firm” when the opportunity at Lewis Brisbois came his way, but that its “national reach” along with its “flexible middle-market rate structure, transactional section growth and firm’s growth” made the offer an attractive one.

“[There is] a good, collegiate atmosphere in the firm, in the Houston office, and in the transactional practice team,” he said, explaining that allows him to provide a “broader range of the services to my clients and creates additional opportunities.”

Glenn, who is also a certified public accountant, focuses his corporate practice on merger and acquisitions, private securities offerings, corporate finance and general commercial transactions, according to a news release. Glenn was not immediately available for an interview Tuesday, but said in the release that he feels his “unique skill set” is valued by the firm.

Touchstone is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on commercial litigation, product liability, oil field and industrial accidents, employment and other complex litigation. Touchstone told Law360 on Tuesday that switching firms provided a “great opportunity” for his clients.

“It offered a national platform but also gave me more flexibility in my practice,” he said. “The people here all get along really well, and I’ve enjoyed hitting the ground running.”

–Editing by Bruce Goldman.