As the race for dominance in the energy markets of Texas heats up, the latest firm to expand its energy and natural resources practice in the state is Greenberg Traurig.

Dane McKaughan comes to Greenberg Traurig’s Austin office as a shareholder. McKaughan, who was previously a shareholder at Clark Thomas & Winters, has expertise with respect to statutes and regulations affecting pipelines and utilities. He represents clients in regulatory proceedings before state agencies such as the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Texas Public Utility Commission.

"Dane's strong connections in the Austin business community, along with his extensive energy regulatory and litigation experience, make him a great fit," said Darrell Windham, co-managing shareholder of the firm's Austin bureau.

McKaughan’s hiring comes hot on the heels of the recruitment of Erika Benson as a shareholder based in Austin in the first week of January. Benson is a founder of the Benson International Group, which advises clients on state, federal, and global energy regulations, and a former senior advisor at the United States Department of Energy in Washington. In another move expanding its presence in Texas, Greenberg Traurig lured a team of four securities and white-collar defense lawyers from Locke Lord to its office in Dallas on January 11.

McKaughan holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.P.A. from the University of Texas, and a B.A. from Austin College.