Oil and GasBakerHostetler speaks the language and understands the business of the energy industry. Lawyers on our team have technical degrees and have worked in-house with major energy and oilfield service companies. We have the insight to advise international and domestic energy companies on exploration, distribution and sale matters, as well as regulatory issues, finance and transactional matters, antitrust questions and trade and customs concerns.
On the business side, our lawyers handle 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. Our lawyers also handle both simple and complex contract matters of all types. 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.
We represent numerous major energy and oilfield service companies in a wide variety of 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, and defense of an antitrust lawsuit over a shipper's access to a pipeline in which we obtained summary judgment dismissing claims of more than $160 million in damages.
We also have represented major oil companies in litigation involving an explosion of a salt dome storage facility, construction disputes involving major facilities, personal injuries at production and refining facilities, disputes over rights to seismic prospects, disputes over royalty interests, disputes over purchase and sale of mineral interests and environmental audits of coke handling facilities.
Our representation includes several pipeline companies, including the pipeline operating company of a major oil company for several years, covering all aspects of pipeline operations, including condemnations, Interstate Commerce Act regulations, Texas Railroad Commission regulations, easement and right-of-way disputes, product liability claims against manufacturers of pipeline and valve components, disputes over alleged contamination of common stream shipments, damage to common stream shipments by shippers of off spec crude and products, personal injuries to workers and bystanders, toxic tort claims, claims of ground and water contamination from pipeline leaks, disputes with contractors over construction of pipeline facilities and essentially all disputes that a pipeline operator encounters.
Representative Oil and Gas Experience
With the increased use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas from the shale plays, interests in these states and energy industry entities from around the country are positioned to capitalize on the many opportunities this dramatic production of oil and natural gas affords. BakerHostetler attorneys represent clients active in all of the major shale plays throughout the United States and the financing, leasing, development and licensing of the well fields and energy infrastructure needed to support these discoveries. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-office team leverages the collective experience of our national Energy, Environmental, Business, Tax and Government Affairs practices to ensure that our clients fully capitalize on the many opportunities offered by the development and exploitation of shale formations within the United States.
Please visit BakerHostetler’s North America Shale Blog for commentary, news and updates related to shale formations and hydraulic fracturing across the continent.
Maritime and Off-Shore Energy Issues We have represented oil, gas and energy companies in a variety of off-shore and maritime issues. They have included: collisions of tankers, oil spills onto navigable waters, Jones Act and other personal injury and death claims by maritime workers, injuries to maritime workers employed in navigable waters off or near Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Russia, Mexico and the U.S. Gulf and West Coasts and charter party disputes over ships and barges. In addition, we have dealt with claims of damage to a barge from precipitation of asphaltines during transit, claims of damage to ships from explosive nature of cargoes of oil products, damage to dock facilities from tankers striking same, limitation of liability proceedings, general average declarations, arrest and foreclosure of maritime liens against ships, product liability claims and disputes over vessel financing.
International With our extensive international practice, we also aid upstream and downstream producers and operators with international commercial and regulatory matters. This includes international arbitration, litigation and regulatory penalty resolution. Representative International Experience
EnvironmentalFrom simple product liability and toxic tort suits to mass torts involving thousands of claimants, BakerHostetler has defended energy and petrochemical companies in environmental litigation. We also have defended petrochemical and energy clients from toxic tort claims involving exposure to dozens of substances. Representative Environmental Experience
ABB Lummus Global Inc.
Amberjack Pipeline Company
Aux Sable Liquid Products
Chevron Pipe Line Company
Denbury Resources Inc.
Duncan Energy Partners L.P.(now part of Enterprise Products Partners)
High Island Pipeline System
Key West Pipeline Company
Prima Energy Corp.
The Energy Cooperative
Union Gas Corp.
Union Gas Pipeline, LLC