Transocean has turned to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan to handle litigation stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf, a spokesman for the company said today.
Spokesman Brian Kennedy said a Sutherland team led by Houston partner-in-charge Rachel Clingman is overseeing matters related to the spill. Clingman will also testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday on behalf of Transocean.
Clingman could not immediately be reached for comment. She joined Sutherland from Fulbright & Jaworski in 2007 to head a national business litigation group, the firm said at the time, and has experience in complex commercial litigation.
Meanwhile, helping Transocean respond to the multiple congressional investigations is a team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, two congressional aides said. Kennedy said he could not immediately confirm Skadden's involvement.
John Beisner, a partner in Skadden’s Washington office who specializes in mass tort defense, is leading the Skadden team, both aides said. He did not return a call requesting comment. Skadden’s tax group has previously advised Transocean on tax matters, according to the firm’s Web site.
Transocean earlier this month hired Capitol Hill Consulting Group to lobby for it in the wake of the spill. For an earlier BLT item on that, click here.
David Ingram contributed reporting to this item.