Hogan Lovells expands US infra team

McDermott, Will & Emery partners David Locascio and Jose Luis Vittor have joined the law firm’s Houston office as partners focused on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects.

London-based law firm Hogan Lovells has hired two senior lawyers from rival McDermott Will & Emery for its infrastructure team in the US.

David Locascio

The firm hired David Locascio and Jose Luis Vittor to serve as partners in its infrastructure, project, and public finance and energy practices in Houston, Texas. Both were previously partners at McDermott Will & Emery, where Locascio co-chaired the firm’s project development, finance and infrastructure practice.

At Hogan Lovells, Locascio and Vittor will focus their practices on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, both in the US and internationally, Hogan Lovells said in a statement.

Hogan Lovells is at least the fourth law firm to beef up its US infrastructure team in recent weeks. In January, Ballard Spahr re-hired Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, to serve as a partner in Philadelphia focusing on infrastructure and public-private partnerships, among other practice areas.

Rendell's move came just days after Richard Ornitz, former head of DLA Piper’s Americas infrastructure practice, switched to Washington, DC-based Patton Boggs to co-head the firm’s global infrastructure and private capital practice. He was joined by several DLA colleagues, including Jay Tannon, Thomas Reems, Mathew Garver and John Arrington.

And in November Allen & Overy added a fourth partner, Andy Fraiser, to its growing North American public-private partnership practice. Andrew Fraiser joined the group from Allen & Overy’s London office, where he was a partner within its UK public-private partnership practice.