Matthew Penny

Counsel, Houston



Matthew Penny is Counsel in White & Case's Project Development and Finance Group based in the Firm's Houston office. Recognized for his expertise in Construction law, Matthew is particularly skilled in developing and managing mega project construction contracts and guiding his clients through strategic decisions pertaining to contracting methodologies, alternative remuneration models and supply chain optimization. Matthew's extensive experience includes drafting intricate commercial transaction agreements related to energy-sector projects, including engineering, procurement and construction agreements and associated corporate documents, across diverse industries, with a focus across the value chain of the energy sector, as well as in infrastructure and manufacturing.

Matthew's practice is further enhanced by his construction litigation experience, allowing him to provide expert strategic and tactical guidance on contractor management issues. In this space, Matthew aims to help his clients anticipate, avoid, mitigate and manage potential legal disputes through strategic advice during contract preparation and project execution.

Matthew previously served in-house at global energy major Shell plc (NYSE: SHEL) and global engineering and construction company KBR (NYSE: KBR), in addition to working in private practice with a boutique Houston-based construction law firm.

Bars and Courts
Juris Doctor
The University of Texas

School of Law

Political Science
Emory University


Lead project counsel for majority partner in $15+ billion LNG liquefaction construction project in Canada

Lead project counsel for majority partner and operator in $10+ billion LNG liquefaction project on U.S. Gulf Coast

Lead project counsel for owner/operator of $12+ billion petrochemical facility in northeastern United States, including associated commercial and corporate support for sell-down of interest and potential joint venture

Counsel for multi-billion dollar, first-of-its-scale offshore wind project off the coast of the northeastern United States

Lead counsel for contractor on multi-billion dollar gas to liquids project on U.S. Gulf Coast

Counsel for owner/operator on construction of multi-billion dollar FPSO in Brazil