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.
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
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 Associate Houston
Edward G. Ptaszek Jr. Partner Cleveland
Matthew S. Raymer Associate Washington, D.C.
Justin T. Scott Associate Houston
W. Robert Shearer Partner Houston
Glen Shu Partner Houston
Richard T. (Tom) Stilwell Partner Houston
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
An Update on Recent Oil- and Gas-Related Decisions in Ohio
October 21, 2014
Due to increased drilling activity in the Utica shale formation, state and federal courts in Ohio and the 6th Circuit have recently issued decisions related to local drilling regulations, drilling permits, leasing, indemnity provisions...
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North America Shale Blog
Suit by Denton, Texas, Royalty Interest Owners Could be Harbinger of More Suits If Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Passes
October 14, 2014
Ahead of the November 4th vote that could make it the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, the City of Denton has been sued by a group of royalty interest owners claiming that the city’s current temporary ban violates their...
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North America Shale Blog
North Dakota Reminds Negotiators: Be Careful What You Say
October 10, 2014
Do you think that what you say when negotiating a mineral lease does not matter once the agreement is inked and contains boilerplate language declaring it to “supersede all prior negotiations” and “be the complete agreement between the...
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North America Shale Blog
Environmental Groups Ramp-up the Crude-by-Rail Fight in the Courtroom
By Alexander K. Obrecht
October 6, 2014
Bakken crude producers and midstream transportation companies already experience transportation woes related to inadequate pipeline infrastructure, railroad capacity, tank car supply, rail accidents, and new regulations. But they also...
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North America Shale Blog
Environmental Group Calls for Tighter Regulation of Frac Sand
By Emily V. Myers
September 30, 2014
The U.S. shale boom has generated a boom in a related industry: “frac sand.” Sand has become an integral component of hydraulic fracturing. Oil companies use sand as a “proppant”: after shale formations are injected with water and...
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