ENERGY

Today’s energy climate is volatile. Achieving your goals requires agility, foresight and experience. Our energy attorneys and government relations professionals know what you’re up against. We are collaborative professionals who understand your issues, anticipate your needs, and work as an extension of your own team to help pilot you through both familiar and uncertain waters.

Focus and Precision Matter

Energy is no more a single area of law than it is a single industry. Onshore and offshore oil, traditional and nontraditional gas, coal, pipelines, power generation and distribution, refineries, services: these “energy” industries have at least as many differences as commonalities.

In today’s reality, it’s not enough for a law firm to say, “We have a team of energy-focused attorneys.” Many firms can say that. But if you are a pipeline company, you need attorneys who know pipeline issues from one end to the other. If you mine coal, your attorneys should help you prepare for market changes and new environmental laws. If you explore for shale gas, state and local hurdles are everywhere. Specific knowledge and experience are what counts.

At the same time, these industries all face the business challenges of financing, operational management, regulatory compliance, environmental issues, dispute resolution (and prevention) and more. Mergers, tax management and disputes, labor & employment matters, intellectual property protection, and cybersecurity affect every type of energy business. That’s where depth is critical. We staff your matter with attorneys whose experience is directly relevant both to your specific business and to the type of legal solution you need. You need precision, not generalists.

When it Comes to Energy, We’ve Got You Covered

Transactional

Transactional work in the energy industries covers a lot of ground. Because of our energy attorneys’ deep understanding of the commercial, political and technical world in which you live, we are able to assist with your full scope of transactions. We offer practical guidance on your most important decisions. For example, we are able to counsel and represent you in:

  • Business formation and dissolution.
  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Complex financing.
  • Negotiation and drafting of contracts and agreements.
  • Leases.
  • Due diligence.

With more than $28 billion worth of shale-era transactions under our belt, we have earned the title of the “go-to” energy law firm for transactions in the Appalachian Basin, and our work with clients in the Colorado shale plays is quickly earning us a reputation there as well.

Regulatory

With new federal and state legislative initiatives and regulatory pressures coming at energy companies almost daily, you need experienced counsel to help you get through the maze. For example, we can assist you with compliance, permitting, investigations and litigation related to:

  • State and federal environmental regulations and enforcement.
  • Public Utility Commission.
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations.
  • Clean Power Plan.
  • The Energy Policy Act.
  • Labor/worker classification.
Litigation

Because of the ever-changing environment in which energy businesses work, litigation against and among them is on the rise. In contract disputes, intellectual property matters, employment issues and environmental challenges, getting clear advice on areas of risk and how to avoid them is critical. You may also face increasing land use, zoning and municipal litigation.

When litigation can’t or shouldn’t be avoided, you need a firm that has resolved energy-related disputes in federal and state trial courts, in appellate courts at every level, in regulatory tribunals, and in arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our high-profile wins have positioned us as the go-to firm for national energy companies operating in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays and far beyond.

Because energy-related litigation may involve many areas of law, our energy litigators team up with attorneys in the firm whose focus may be finance, environmental, regulatory, tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, real estate, government relations or other areas. The result is that you get representation that considers every angle.

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