Energy Industry

"Clients appreciate the broad regional and national reach of [BakerHostetler's] environmental and energy practice."
– Chambers USA 2013

BakerHostetler energy lawyers have successfully secured major projects for leading international and domestic energy companies and service providers with interests in oil, natural gas (including shale), and alternative energy sources. From financing to land acquisitions, exploration to drilling, and production to distribution—our business, litigation, and regulatory knowledge affords clients the leverage they need in a highly demanding marketplace.

On the business side, we’ve handled large-scale stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions of energy companies and their assets, including acquisitions and dispositions of proved and unproved oil and gas properties, natural gas gathering systems, drilling rigs, and related equipment. We have represented issuers and underwriting syndicates in public offerings of oil and gas company debt and equity securities, and managed private placement of energy company debt and equity securities with commercial banks, insurance companies, and other institutional investors.

Energy production is a process with unlimited challenges and legal disputes. We help you resolve litigation arising from contractual disputes involving oil and gas leases, joint operating agreements, joint development agreements, exploration and development agreements, drilling contracts, licensing agreements, patent infringement, offshore environmental compliance, and oil spill issues. Our work has included lease disputes involving over $1 billion in claims, defense of major antitrust lawsuits that could have resulted in hundreds of millions in damages, and representation of the world's largest integrated energy company in federal litigation involving a dispute over development rights and ownership.

We share our clients’ interest in the safe development of energy and can help you work cooperatively with regulatory bodies on the local, state, and national level. We can guide you through regulatory project approval and compliance efforts, help you understand rulemakings, navigate regulatory proceedings (including appeals), and help you obtain fair penalty resolution. For our international producers and operators, we also aid with international commercial and regulatory matters, including a host of maritime and offshore issues.

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In response to the spectacular growth of the oil and gas industry resulting from shale development, BakerHostetler has created a dedicated, multidisciplinary practice team of 60 attorneys. We work on matters in every major shale play throughout the United States and the financing, leasing, development, and licensing of shale properties and energy infrastructure needed to support existing and new discoveries. Please visit BakerHostetler’s North America Shale Blog for commentary, news, and updates related to shale formations and hydraulic fracturing across the continent.

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  • Represented an industry leader in a $4.5 billion transaction that created one of the nation's largest crude oil-focused independent North American exploration and production companies.
  • Worked with a hedge fund to purchase $700 million of oil and gas properties in two complex transactions involving a volumetric production payment that gives the financing bank an interest in the energy reserves.
  • Represented one of the world's largest energy companies in a variety of transactions, including a $200 million joint venture with a common carrier pipeline company, the $500 million sale of a refinery, and the $30 million acquisition of major terminal and pipeline assets.
  • Represented the pipeline division of a large energy company for the negotiation of $800 million long-term shipping agreements with large refining companies.
  • Represented a publicly-held drilling company in its $3 billion merger with another publicly-held drilling company.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Gary M. Alletag Partner Houston
Ryan S. Babiuch Associate Cleveland
Mark S. Barron Associate Denver
Jeffrey P. Berg Partner Los Angeles
Jack A. Bjerke Partner Columbus
Martin T. Booher Partner Cleveland
Donald W. Brodsky Partner Houston
Matthew W. Caligur Partner Houston
Marie L. Carlisle Partner Houston
Alfred C. Chidester Partner Denver
Casie D. Collignon Partner Denver
M. Kristin Craig Associate Houston
Cory M. Curtis Partner Houston
Douglas D. D'Arche Partner Houston
Mark W. DeLaquil Partner Washington, D.C.
Sashe D. Dimitroff Partner Houston
Thomas A. Donaho Associate Houston
Rosario C. Doriott Domínguez Associate Denver
Geraldine E. Edens Partner Washington, D.C.
W. John English Jr. Partner Houston
Paul S. Francis Partner Houston
Seth Freedman Counsel Houston
Harold H. Fullmer Partner Philadelphia
Carey R. Gagnon Counsel Denver
Daniel J. Gunsett Partner Columbus
Lori A. Herf Senior Advisor Columbus
J. Sean Jain Staff Attorney Houston
Michael P. Joy Partner Denver
Parker A. Lee Associate New York
L. Poe Leggette Partner Denver
Bryce D. Linsenmayer Partner Houston
Laura J. McMahon Partner Houston
Michael W. Mengis Partner Houston
Sameer V. Mohan Partner Houston
James H. Nye Partner Houston
Alexander K. Obrecht Associate Denver
Stephen T. Olson Partner Houston
Jason P. Perdion Partner Cleveland
John W. Petrelli III Partner Houston
James E. Phillips Partner Houston
Edward G. Ptaszek Jr. Partner Cleveland
Tara E. Romero Associate Houston
Justin T. Scott Associate Houston
W. Robert Shearer Partner Houston
Glen Shu Partner Houston
Richard T. (Tom) Stilwell Partner Houston
Emily B. Thomas Associate Cleveland
Joshua C. Thomas Associate Houston
Rikiya N. Thomas Associate Houston
Drew B. Tipton Partner Houston
George J. Tzanetopoulos Partner Chicago
Cody T. Vasut Associate Houston
Peter C. Whitfield Associate Washington, D.C.
W. Ray Whitman Partner Houston
Justin T. Winquist Associate Denver
James C. Winton Partner Houston
Kenneth C. Wright Partner Orlando

Experience

  • Represented an industry leader in a $4.5 billion transaction that created one of the nation's largest crude oil-focused independent North American exploration and production companies.
  • Worked with a hedge fund to purchase $700 million of oil and gas properties in two complex transactions involving a volumetric production payment that gives the financing bank an interest in the energy reserves.
  • Represented one of the world's largest energy companies in a variety of transactions, including a $200 million joint venture with a common carrier pipeline company, the $500 million sale of a refinery, and the $30 million acquisition of major terminal and pipeline assets.
  • Represented the pipeline division of a large energy company for the negotiation of $800 million long-term shipping agreements with large refining companies.
  • Represented a publicly-held drilling company in its $3 billion merger with another publicly-held drilling company.
  • Representing a client in connection with significant litigation surrounding the first U.S. offshore wind energy project—the 420 MW Cape Wind project—which will supply most of the energy needs of Cape Cod and its islands.
  • Successfully represented a global energy company in litigation regarding the closure and permitting of process waste water ponds at one of its facilities.
  • Represented several trade associations and companies in various rulemakings under the Clean Air Act that resulted in the promulgation of NAAQS, NESHAPs, and MACT standards, as well as the subsequent legal challenges to those rules.
  • Representing a coal company in an administrative appeal of terms and conditions of a Section 401 Water Quality Certification that, if upheld, would prohibit the company from accessing millions of tons of coal resources.
  • Representing a leading supplier of wind turbines on various matters, including the resolution of disputes with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration, and working with state and federal resource agencies to address concerns related to potential environmental impacts associated with proposed development projects.

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North America Shale Blog
Is a Statewide Ban in Colorado in Play for 2016?
March 2, 2015
While Colorado cities continue to litigate their authority to ban fracing, a new environmental group is rallying to ban the practice throughout the entire state. At a gathering on February 24, the “Coloradans Against Fracking” announced...
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North America Shale Blog
Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Severance Tax
February 25, 2015
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a new state severance tax on natural gas drilling. The measure, which the governor introduced as a means to fund the state’s education system, would impose a 5 percent tax on the value of gas...
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North America Shale Blog
OPEC’s Price War Is Entrenching North American Shale Producers’ Global Competitive Advantage
February 24, 2015
Oil price uncertainty strengthens the global competitive advantages of U.S.—and Canadian—unconventional oil projects. Both countries offer excellent geology, robust supporting infrastructure, deep local capital markets, stable politics...
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North America Shale Blog
State Oil and Gas Laws v. Local Control: The Struggle Continues in Ohio
February 23, 2015
On February 17, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court announced its ruling in The State Ex Rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corporation et al. That closely-watched case addressed whether local ordinances that impact drilling operations are preempted by...
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North America Shale Blog
New Mexico Federal Court Frames The Issues That Will Define Future Fights Over Local Fracking Regulation
February 19, 2015
On January 15, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico became the first federal court to address questions related to the scope of local governments’ ability to regulate oil and gas development within those...
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