Energy Industry

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

Members of BakerHostetler’s Energy team, recognized as an Energy Group of the Year by Law360 in 2015, 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.

Select 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.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Gary M. Alletag Partner Houston
Ryan S. Babiuch Associate Cleveland
Mark S. Barron Partner 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
Jesús J. Castillón Associate Houston
Casie D. Collignon Partner Denver
Gabriel B. Collins Associate Houston
Cory M. Curtis Partner Houston
Douglas D. D'Arche Partner Houston
William R. Daugherty Counsel 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
Harold H. Fullmer Partner Philadelphia
Jessie M. Gabriel Partner New York
Carey R. Gagnon Counsel Denver
Eric R. Goodman Partner Cleveland
Elizabeth A. Green Partner Orlando
Daniel J. Gunsett Partner Columbus
Lori A. Herf Senior Advisor Columbus
Marc E. Hirschfield Partner New York
Rachel Palmer Hooper Associate Houston
Allison D. Jones Associate Houston
Bradley K. Jones Associate Houston
Mark L. Jones Partner Houston
Michael P. Joy Partner Denver
Robert M. Kincaid Jr. Partner Columbus
Richard M. Knoth Partner Cleveland
Eric W. Kristiansen Partner Houston
C. Thomas Kruse Partner Houston
L. Poe Leggette Partner Denver
Kristin L. Leveille Associate Houston
Erika J. Lindberg Associate Houston
Christopher H. Marraro Partner Washington, D.C.
Rand L. McClellan Partner Columbus
Laura J. McMahon Partner Houston
Michael W. Mengis Partner Houston
Sameer V. Mohan Partner Houston
Sushant Mohan Associate Houston
James R. Morrison Associate Seattle
James H. Nye Partner Houston
Alexander K. Obrecht Associate Denver
Jimmy D. Parrish Partner Orlando
Michelle D. Pector Partner Houston
William L. Pence Partner Orlando
John W. Petrelli III Partner Houston
James E. Phillips Partner Houston
David F. Proaño Partner Cleveland
Edward G. Ptaszek Jr. Partner Cleveland
Laurin D. Quiat Partner Denver
Tara E. Romero Associate Houston
Paul M. Schmidt Partner Washington, D.C.
W. Robert Shearer Partner Houston
Glen Shu Partner Houston
Jordan A. Sinclair Associate Houston
Marc Skapof Counsel New York
Jason A. Smith Associate Houston
Robert N. Steinwurtzel Partner Washington, D.C.
Richard T. (Tom) Stilwell Partner Houston
Emily B. Thomas Associate Denver
Joshua C. Thomas Partner 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.

Recognition

  • The Legal 500 United States: Industry focus - Energy: litigation (2015)
  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
  • Law360: Energy "Practice Group of the Year" (2015)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" (2016)
    • Energy Law
      • National Tier 3
      • Metro Denver, Tier 2
    • Natural Resources Law
      • National Tier 2
      • Metro Denver, Tier 2
      • Metro Houston, Tier 2
    • Oil & Gas Law
      • National Tier 3
      • Metro Houston, Tier 2
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
    • 2 lawyers named in Energy Law
    • 2 lawyers named in Natural Resources Law
    • 1 lawyer named in Oil & Gas Law

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North America Shale Blog
Crude-by-Rail Update: Largest West Coast Terminal Proposal Suffocating Under Delay
By Alexander K. Obrecht
April 20, 2016
The largest proposed crude-by-rail (CBR) transloading facility on the West Coast recently survived a major hurdle to its ultimate construction and operation—a lease extension. But with the proposed project enduring nearly three years of...
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North America Shale Blog
Colorado House Votes Down Bill Giving Local Authorities Power Over Fracking
April 5, 2016
Two Democrats joined the Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives on April 4, 2016, to defeat a bill that sought to assert local government control over oil and gas drilling. Drilling operations in Colorado have begun moving...
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North America Shale Blog
Moratorium on New Oil and Gas Operations Lifted in Adams County
March 24, 2016
On Tuesday, Adams County, Colorado, commissioners lifted a six-week moratorium on new oil and gas drilling operations in urban areas. The moratorium, previously approved by the county commissioners in early February following contentious...
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North America Shale Blog
Options to Help Oklahoma Alleviate Its Emerging Oilfield Water Crisis
By Gabriel B. Collins
March 22, 2016
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has restricted injection well activity over a combined zone of nearly 10,000 square miles—approximately the size of Massachusetts (Exhibit 1). In Central Oklahoma, the OCC seeks to reduce water injection...
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North America Shale Blog
Pennsylvania Jury Awards $4.2 Million in Groundwater Contamination Case
March 11, 2016
On Thursday, a federal jury in Pennsylvania ordered Cabot Oil & Gas to pay more than $4.2 million in damages to two Pennsylvania families who sued in 2009 alleging that the Texas-based company’s drilling operations contaminated local...
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