Akin Gump has hired Matthew Kapinos as a partner in its energy practice in Houston.

He joins the firm from McGuireWoods, where he was deputy head of the energy industry team.

Kapinos’ experience covers conventional and renewable power as well as upstream and midstream gas assets.

“Matt’s experience with EPC matters as well as renewables, where traditional energy companies are increasingly seeking to expand their presence, will be a key differentiator for us,” said Christine B. LaFollette, partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Houston office, in a statement. “He also brings a solid background in downstream work that will resonate strongly with our clients.”

“I was drawn to Akin Gump by the strengths I’ve seen across its oil and gas, project development and project finance practices, as well as its strong commitment to the Houston market,” said Kapinos in a statement. “The firm’s broad platform will permit me to expand the work I am able to do on behalf of clients, and I am very excited to be here.”

Prior to entering law school, Kapinos spent five years on active duty as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, which included combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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