Women in the Law

Sutherland Asbill to Represent Transocean in Oil Spill Litigation


Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has been tapped to handle litigation over the Gulf oil spill for Transocean Ltd., the owner of the BP oil rig that exploded.

The litigation team will be headed by Rachel Clingman, who leaped to Sutherland Asbill from Fulbright & Jaworski in 2007, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. She is now partner in charge of Sutherland’s Houston office.

Representing Transocean in congressional investigations is Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Its team is led by mass-torts partner John Beisner.

Texas Lawyer featured Clingman in a September 2008 article about “extraordinary women in the law.” She is involved in efforts to increase diversity in the energy and environmental industry. She also co-founded an advisory board for children at risk.

Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis, meanwhile, is representing BP in the lawsuits.

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