Brian Antweil has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Houston office as a partner in its litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice. Previously, Mr. Antweil was a partner in the Houston office of a mid-sized, international law firm where he led the firm's Business Litigation South Practice Group.
A seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Antweil is also an experienced business adviser and a former business executive. He represents clients in diverse industries in a wide array of commercial disputes.
Mr. Antweil represents clients in a full range of business, commercial and tort cases in state and federal courts and domestic and international arbitrations. He has significant experience in oil and gas, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, energy, insurance coverage, technology and intellectual property disputes.
Mr. Antweil is a frequent speaker and writer and is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he has taught trial advocacy for almost a decade. He is also an instrument-rated private pilot who flies missions for, and serves on the board of directors of, the nonprofit charitable organization Angel Flight.
Akin Gump has been named “Corporate Law - Emerging Markets Law Firm of the Year 2011” at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2011.
At the fifth annual awards ceremony in London, the firm won the category from a shortlist of seven leading international law firms.
Akin Gump was nominated for the award based on its successful advice to leading emerging market mobile telecoms operator VimpelCom in acquiring Wind Telecom to create the world’s sixth-largest mobile telecommunications carrier by subscribers, operating in 20 countries. The acquisition closed in April 2011.
Akin Gump’s London-based team advising VimpelCom was led by corporate partner Dan Walsh and included partners Fred Heller and Sebastian Rice, counsel Harry Keegan, Lisa Hearn, Alexander Lemke and John Strickland and associates Katie Spencer and Vanessa Evans, with advice from New York-based corporate partners Bruce Mendelsohn and Pat Dooley. The team also included London-based litigation/arbitration partner Justin Williams and New York-based litigation/arbitration partners Steve Pesner and Bob Pees.