Carey R. Gagnon

Counsel

Denver
T +1 303.764.4021  |  F +1 303.861.7805

A member of the Energy team in Denver, Carey Gagnon maintains a varied practice that covers both transactional and litigation work, with an emphasis on her strength in navigating local and state regulatory matters. She addresses issues and concerns that are directly relevant to the oil and gas industry, and assists operators with general business and employment matters.

Select Experience

  • Defended national company in breach of contract dispute concerning mineral royalties.
  • Represented major gas pipeline company asserting breach of contract claim against the U.S. Department of the Interior.
  • Defended natural gas pipeline operator in antitrust suit related to natural gas development from coal bed methane deposits in the Rocky Mountains.
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Experience

  • Defended national company in breach of contract dispute concerning mineral royalties.
  • Represented major gas pipeline company asserting breach of contract claim against the U.S. Department of the Interior.
  • Defended natural gas pipeline operator in antitrust suit related to natural gas development from coal bed methane deposits in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Represented national oil and gas trade association involved in efforts to review and prepare comments in response to both the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's proposed rulemaking (related to financial assurance for offshore decommissioning obligations) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rulemaking (related to nonfederal oil and gas development within the National Wildlife Refuge System).
  • Acted as assistant counsel for local government in tax appeal of drilling rig valuation.
  • Defended Global 500 company in arbitration of breach of asset purchase agreement dispute.
  • Defended title agency organization in employee raiding lawsuit.
  • Defended Fortune 500 company in sexual harassment lawsuit.  

Memberships

  • Women’s Energy Network
  • Denver Petroleum Club
  • Western Energy Alliance
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Association
  • Colorado Bar Association: Natural Resources Section

Services

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Norton Rose Fulbright: Senior Counsel
  • Garfield County: Assistant County Attorney
    • Acting County Attorney (2012)
  • Faegre & Benson: Associate
  • Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shrek: Associate
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Admissions

  • Colorado, 2004
  • Washington [Inactive], 2006

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2003, Order of St. Ives, University of Denver Law Review, Chancellor Scholar
  • B.A., Germanic Studies and Journalism, University of Colorado Boulder, 1999, Boettcher Scholar, Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas – University of Colorado's Global Energy Management Program

Blog

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Baker Energy Blog
85th Texas Legislature: Oil and Gas Roundup
January 24, 2017
On Jan. 10, 2017, the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature convened in Austin, and already several bills are on the table that, if adopted, could impact the oil and gas industry in Texas. State Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, has...
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Baker Energy Blog
Times Definitely Are a-Changin’
December 19, 2016
On Dec. 10, Bob Dylan, in absentia, received the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The title track of Dylan’s 1964 album The Times They Are a-Changin’ is one of the most celebrated protest songs. Undoubtedly, times are a-changin’ in...
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Baker Energy Blog
EPA Changes Course and Admits Link Between Fracking and Underground Water Supplies
December 15, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a stir in mid-December 2016 when it released the final version of its report titled “Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking...
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Baker Energy Blog
Wind Energy in Texas: Powerful or Not?
December 5, 2016
On Oct. 26, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report challenging the view that Texas is a leader in wind power production. According to the report, Texas lagged far behind Midwest and Plains states in 2015 in utilizing...
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Baker Energy Blog
What’s in a Name?
November 17, 2016
On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Sunset Advisory Commission was called to order to announce decisions concerning the Texas Railroad Commission. The Sunset Commission is composed of five senators, five representatives and two public...
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