Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has announced that Lino Mendiola III has joined the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Commodities Practice Group as a partner in the Austin office. Prior to joining Sutherland, Mendiola was co-managing partner of the Austin office of Andrews Kurth LLP.
With more than 20 years of commercial litigation experience, Mendiola represents energy clients in state and federal court and before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and other state agencies. A native of south Texas, he frequently represents clients in south Texas state courts.
Mendiola counsels clients in both transactional and litigation matters involving energy and regulatory law with a focus on the Texas electric energy and natural gas markets. His transactional experience includes handling regulatory issues, such as pipeline regulation and transmission line routing matters. He also frequently counsels clients on state and federal contracting and procurement law.
Sutherland’s addition of Mendiola is the latest step in the firm’s expansion of its leading Energy, Environmental and Commodities Practice Group, and in particular its Texas energy practice in Houston and Austin. In January, the group welcomed Counsel Travis C. McCullough, resident in the firm’s Houston office, from J.P. Morgan and Counsel James A. Thompson, Jr., resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, from Pepper Hamilton LLP.