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Adams and Reese is pleased to announce that commercial litigator and regulatory attorney in the energy sector, Alton J. Hall, Jr. has joined the law firm’s Houston office as Special Counsel. Hall was formerly with the International litigation law firm of Cozen O’Connor, and he was also one of the founders of one of the largest African-American owned law firms in the United States, Wickliff & Hall.

“Alton has more than 30 years of experience in energy and commercial litigation in a wide array of industry sectors, and combined with his impressive background and contributions to the diverse Houston legal landscape, we are honored to have Alton join our Firm,” said Ray Ferrera, Adams and Reese Houston Office Partner in Charge.

Practicing law since 1984, Hall represents public and private sector clients in complex commercial cases, environmental, and toxic tort litigation and regulatory matters, and also represented Fortune 500 and mid-size companies in diverse industries, such as energy, petrochemical, automotive, banking, and other sectors.

Hall has successfully represented and advised numerous oil and gas companies in various litigation matters. These matters range from oilfield contamination and underground storage tank disputes to royalty and other commercial litigation matters.

In addition, Hall has established one of the most successful and well respected public utility and energy practices, and he routinely represents public utilities, industrial companies, electric cooperatives, and governmental bodies, including numerous cities, before state and federal utility commissions.  His litigation experience in this field is extensive and includes a wide variety of matters relating to electric utility deregulation. 

Hall has served on numerous bar and industry boards and committees, including the City of Houston Mayors’ Task Force for Electric System Reliability and the Texas Committee for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

In the community, Hall serves as General Counsel to the Gulf Coast Community Services Association, the community action agency for elderly and low-income persons in Harris County, Texas. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, National Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.

Hall earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1984, and he received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Carleton College, in 1981.

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with 300 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200". The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 350" list of the nation's largest law firms.