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Business Lawyer

Houston, TX


Corporate and Commercial Transactions and Finance; Corporate Governance and Securities; Environmental; Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) Projects

Work Experience

Of Counsel

Selman, Munson & Lerner, P.C, Houston, TX

Jan 2009Current

A Houston/Austin-based law firm specializing in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and corporate, securities and business law and counseling. 
OF COUNSEL: Provide legal services to businesses and individuals concerning: (i) structuring, financing, negotiation and documentation of a variety of commercial transactions, including purchases / sales of businesses, lending transactions, and significant heavy civil engineering and construction projects, including alternative energy projects; (ii) environmental liability allocation and mitigation; (iii) corporate governance; and (iv) securities matters.

Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary

Orion Marine Group, Inc, Houston, TX

2007 2009

ORN: NYSE), Houston, TX A $325 million heavy civil marine contractor, headquartered in Houston, with offices in Tampa and Jacksonville, FL; Channelview, Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca, TX; and New Orleans and Lake Charles, LA, and with operations along the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Seaboard, West Coast, and in the Caribbean. 
Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary: Responsible to the Board of Directors, Committees, and the CEO for corporate governance, securities reporting, legal compliance, corporate, M&A, and commercial transactions, government contracting, general regulatory (including OSHA / Environmental), litigation and other legal proceedings, and supervision of risk management and investor relations directors and functions.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Exopack, LLC, Spartanburg, SC

2002 2006

formerly a division of International Paper), Spartanburg, SC A $650 million paper and plastics flexible packaging company with 16 manufacturing plants located throughout the United States and in Canada. 
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary: Responsible to the CEO and Board of Directors for corporate governance and secretary duties for Exopack and affiliates, for all legal matters, including Antitrust counseling and training, M&A and commercial transactions, legal compliance management, patent prosecutions, and technology licensing, transfers and development, and supervision of EH&S Corporate Manger and compliance function and intellectual property development and preservation functions.

Senior Counsel / Subsidiary General Counsel

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc - Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL

Nov 1994Mar 2002

PCS is the largest fertilizer and related chemicals manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere, with manufacturing plants and mines in Canada, the United States, South America, Trinidad & Tobago, and Israel. POT acquired Arcadian Corporation, infra, 1997. 
J. Cabell Acree, III 281.889.1567 
Senior Counsel/Subsidiary General Counsel: Responsible to parent company COO and General Counsel for all subsidiary company commercial transactions, corporate governance, environmental compliance, SEC reporting, finance, joint ventures, natural gas hedging, technology purchasing and licensing, real property purchases, sales, leases, equipment leasing, internal investigations/audits, and litigation monitoring, and supervision of subsidiary legal department (4 lawyers).

Assistant General Counsel

Arcadian Corporation, Memphis, TN

1994 1997

Responsible to the General Counsel for corporate legal support, including M&A, SEC reporting, project finance, international and domestic engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) projects, customer and vendor contracting, joint ventures, and environmental and other regulatory affairs.

Attorney at Law

Bracewell & Giuliani, L.L.P, Houston, TX

Jan 1985Jan 1993

A national law firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in all major Texas metropolitan areas, as well as in New York, District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, Dubai, London, and Kazakhstan. 
Attorney at Law: Responsible for work on significant mergers and acquisitions (including for oil and gas and petrochemicals companies and for private equity firms), environmental regulatory and enforcement, commercial transactions, finance, and bank regulatory matters.


LL.M, Master of Laws and Letters in Environmental Law

George Washington University, Washington, DC


Juris Doctor

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA



Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA


Additional Information

  • Cross-functional Team Leadership Inter-Departmental Coordination Securities Reporting / Offerings
  • M&A Negotiations and Drafting Compliance Assurance Board / Management Liaison
  • Risk Management Engineering / Construction Projects Environmental / Safety Affairs
  • Cross-Border Transactions Internal Investigations Intellectual Property Management
  • Cost Control Wind Power Projects Significant Litigation Management Investor Relations Oversight Energy Transactions Governmental Enforcement
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