Noted oil and gas sector trial lawyer Paul L. Mitchell has joined Houston-based litigation boutique Hicks Thomas LLP.

Mitchell, who joined the firm July 1 as a partner, has represented energy clients from supermajors to smaller independents. He also brings considerable experience advising companies involved in government investigations and in navigating issues raised by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

His move reunites him with longtime friend and Hicks Thomas co-founder John B. Thomas. The two clerked together at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1986-1987.

“It only took us 30 years,” Thomas said in a statement. “Paul is a true trial lawyer and w
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e are delighted that he has joined the team. Our clients know that having an attorney who knows how to try a case means they have more strength at the bargaining table.”

Mitchell joined Hicks Thomas from his position as a partner in the litigation section of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, where he spent nine years. He also was a partner in the trial department of Baker Botts LLP.

“Hicks Thomas is the ideal spot for me. John is an exceptional lawyer, and over the years, I’ve even tried cases against other lawyers at the firm. I’ve seen firsthand the quality of the Hicks Thomas team,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited to be working at a firm that is capable of trying big cases, while remaining very nimble in responding to the evolving needs of our clients.”

Mitchell has prosecuted and defended cases involving oil and gas disputes, copyright litigation, breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. He also has advised companies under regulatory scrutiny.