Former General Counsels

Our Firm: Former General Counsels

Members of our Firm have substantial in-house and general counsel experience, which brings value to our clients.

Mark Pietrantone

Mark Pietrantone served as General Counsel of Treaty Oak Bancorp, Inc., a Texas bank holding company (OTCBB:TOAK) before joining the Firm to concentrate on a mergers & acquisition and securities law practice. While at Treaty Oak, he helped the company complete its initial public offering and acquisition of Texline Bank, several private placements of securities, set up public company reporting compliance systems, and assisted in the purchase of subsidiaries, including a mortgage corporation. Mr. Pietrantone was also responsible for working with different committees of the company's Board of Directors and advising on issues related to stock options, audit committee functions, executive compensation and regulatory compliance matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley and correspondence with bank regulatory agencies.

John Syminton

John Symington served as general counsel of Seadrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL) from 2013 through 2015. As general counsel for Seadrill, he was the chief legal officer for Seadrill Limited as well as its publicly traded affiliates Seadrill Partners (NYSE:SDLP), North Atlantic Drilling (NYSE:NADL) and Sevan Drilling (Oslo:SEVDR). During his tenure at Seadrill the company undertook two IPO’s, and numerous other private and public equity and debt offerings, in the US, Norway and other countries. While at Seadrill Mr. Symington was principally responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s anti-bribery and corruption compliance program.

Kimberly R. Frye

Kimberly R. Frye served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Key Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: KEG) from June 2008 to October 2015. As managing attorney for a public corporation with operations in six countries, Ms. Frye advised executives and Board of Directors on strategic (M&A) transactions, SEC / NYSE compliance and high-risk litigation, securities laws, and ’33 / ’34 Act reporting requirements. She also managed Key’s capital markets transactions (credit facilities, debt, equity offerings). Ms. Frye oversaw Board and corporate governance, executive compensation documents and disclosure, Code of Business Conduct, master service agreements, commercial agreements, political action committee (PAC), intellectual property (IP), employment, shareholder meeting materials, proxy statement, and other corporate matters. Ms. Frye advised international operations on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other international regulatory matters.

Prior to her promotion to General Counsel, Ms. Frye served as Assistant General Counsel from October 2002 to June 2008 and represented Key in financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock / asset acquisitions, and business reporting and disclosure, as well as all debt and equity offerings. She started her practice at Porter & Hedges, LLP where she advanced to independent management of complex transactional / M&A work – stock, asset, mergers, and divestitures – and securities matters and collaborated with partners on representation of clients in diverse industries, with high concentration in energy field.