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.

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
Seth Freedman Counsel Houston
Harold H. Fullmer Partner Philadelphia
Jessie M. Gabriel Partner New York
Carey R. Gagnon Counsel Denver
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
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
Bryce D. Linsenmayer Partner 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
Emily V. Myers Associate Cleveland
James H. Nye Partner Houston
Alexander K. Obrecht Associate Denver
Michelle D. Pector Partner Houston
William L. Pence Partner Orlando
Jason P. Perdion Partner Cleveland
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
Michael T. Taylor Partner Washington, D.C.
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
Thirty States and Numerous Other Interested Parties Seek an Immediate Supreme Court Stay of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”
February 5, 2016
On January 26, 2016, 29 states and state agencies, including Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Mississippi (the “29 States”), submitted an application (the “29 States Application”) to the United States Supreme Court...
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North America Shale Blog
Recent Federal Legislation Rings In the New Year With Some Exciting Developments for Both the Renewable and Oil Energy Industries
January 5, 2016
On December 18, 2015, the current divided United States Congress, which has not been known for many grand compromises, passed an omnibus spending bill featuring key measures related to renewable energy tax credits and to the export of...
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North America Shale Blog
Off the Tracks: A Data-Driven Analysis of Crude-by-Rail Liability Factors, Exposure, and Potential Solutions
By Gabriel B. Collins
December 21, 2015
Crude oil prices are now approaching what pundits believe is likely to be the bottom phase in the current market cycle. Due to the price downturn, the arbitrage window that drives a substantial portion of crude-by-rail (“CBR”) shipping...
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North America Shale Blog
2015 ONRR Civil Penalties: Where, Why, and How Much
By Rosario C. Doriott Domínguez
December 9, 2015
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (“ONRR”), a unit within the United States Department of the Interior, is responsible for collecting and disbursing revenues from energy production on federal and Indian lands and offshore on the...
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North America Shale Blog
EQT’s Lengthy Battle With the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Gets Its Day in State Supreme Court
November 20, 2015
On November 17, 2015, Pittsburgh-based energy company EQT Production Co. (“EQT”) presented its oral argument before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, requesting it set aside a February 20, 2015, ruling of Commonwealth Court Judge Rochelle S...
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