Nachrichten May 23, 2022

Shearman & Sterling Expands Texas Litigation Team With New Partner Emily Westridge Black

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling today announces the appointment of Emily Westridge Black as a Litigation partner in Austin.

An accomplished litigation and investigations partner, Emily maintains a broad national litigation and investigations practice that focuses on complex commercial litigation, government and internal investigations, and regulatory issues. She has significant experience on varied substantive matters, including products liability, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybersecurity, public safety concerns and corporate governance.

“Emily’s diverse litigation and investigations practice provides strong synergies with our global disputes offering and adds to our rapidly expanding platform in Texas,” said David Beveridge, Senior Partner at Shearman & Sterling. “Emily’s addition to our Austin office enhances our firmwide growth strategy, focused on strengthening the firm’s business mix by building our core practice areas in key geographies, including Texas.”

Commenting on Emily’s election to partnership, Adam Hakki, Global Managing Partner and Global Head of Disputes, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Emily to our growing litigation team in Texas, strengthening our position as a top-of-market firm for high-end disputes and investigations in the region and globally. Emily brings a track record for excellence, deep corporate client relationships and varied litigation experience that is a strong fit with our current offering while enhancing our profile and capability in cybersecurity, FCPA and products liability matters.”

Emily Westridge Black commented: “I am delighted to join Shearman & Sterling’s preeminent litigation practice, and I am thrilled to be part of the firm’s exciting and successful growth in Texas and beyond. I am also delighted to reunite with my former Dallas colleagues and litigation partners, Thad Behrens and Dan Gold, with whom I worked closely for a number of years and hold in the highest esteem.”

Emily is the fifth lateral partner hire for Shearman & Sterling’s Texas litigation team in less than a year, which includes Sam Cooper in Houston, Dan Gold and Thad Behrens in Dallas and Saul Perloff in Austin. Since the beginning of 2021, the firm has also added partners Matthew Skinner in London and Ryan Shores in Washington, D.C. to its global disputes offering. Emily’s appointment brings the total number of Shearman & Sterling’s global lateral partner hires to 30 since January 2021.


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