Locke Lord is one of the world’s preeminent energy law firms. Our energy attorneys serve as trusted counsel to a broad range of companies ranging from start-ups to multinational energy companies, both on domestic and international matters. We understand our clients’ businesses from a global perspective and help them develop creative solutions for every phase of the industry. Our depth and diversity of practice in the energy arena places us in the very top tier of energy lawyers.
Our attorneys are involved in all aspects of the energy value chain. Our traditional experience has deep roots that may be traced to the very beginning of the oil and gas industry. The firm is not only prominent in traditional oil and gas; our lawyers’ experience is on the cutting edge of the most current 21st century energy enterprises. We are deeply involved with exploration and production, gathering/processing/storage, natural gas, oil and product storage and pipeline transmission, liquefied natural gas (LNG), refining, power generation, commodity marketing and trading, and all parts in between. We are working on the development of some of the largest energy infrastructure assets in North America, including the largest gas pipeline development project in the last 20 years, and the largest refinery expansion ever in the United States. In addition to our strong project development experience, we also have extensive experience in energy mergers and acquisitions, litigation, finance, and regulatory matters in state and federal agencies, including before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
We have unparalleled experience in recent trends in the energy business, including wind and other renewable energy projects (having represented the developer or the financing in most of the renewable energy projects in Texas), LNG (including representation of the developer in the only operational offshore regasification facility in the world and the expansion of one of the largest LNG terminals in North America), alternative fuels (including representation of the developer or the financing in several ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuel projects), retail energy in every deregulated market, and rejuvenated energy trading markets (including representation of many of the increasing number of investment banks and financial institutions entering trading markets).
We have one of the premier midstream practices in the United States and represent some of the leading MLPs in a broad range of M&A and project development activities, including those involving gathering facilities, processing plants, intra- and interstate pipelines, terminals and storage facilities. We also represent several of the emerging private equity-backed midstream companies as they acquire, finance and develop assets. Our work also includes a broad array of commercial and operational agreements.
Locke Lord's energy practice has been consistently recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. We received the MMS Corporate Leadership Award, and a member of our team has served as vice-chair of the American Bar Association committee on Energy Litigation and Electricity and Natural Gas Marketing. Members of our team also have served as counsel to the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission of Texas and have received appointments to the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission.
Our lawyers write and speak on a variety of energy industry topics and have held leadership positions in such industry-focused organizations as the Energy Bar Association, the Institute for Energy Law, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Oil and Gas Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Global Energy Management Institute and the American Association of Mineral Owners.
The Denbury Decision: What is Says, What it Doesn't Say & What People Say it Says
Wholesale Petroleum Products Buyers and Sellers Beware: New FTC Energy Market Manipulation Rule Creates Potential Liability
Wholesale Petroleum Buyers, Sellers — Beware
Transmission Access Challenges for Wind Generation
Natural Gas Transportation Commitments
How Firm is Firm: Just How Good is That Natural Gas Transportation Commitment?
Public Utilities Fortnightly: Who Will Pick Up the Tab?
Locke Liddell & Sapp Presentation: Wind Project Development 101
Midstream Gas Assets Acquisition & Divestiture Summit
Locke Liddell & Sapp's Bill Swanstrom Quoted in Houston Business Journal article on natural gas pipelines
Public Utilities Fortnightly: Mitigation Volatility or Inviting Market Power?
Who’s the Boss? FERC and the Bankruptcy Courts
Who Has the First Say? Additional Jurisdictional Conflicts Involving the FERC
Money Flows to Midstream Assets
Emerging Niche Markets in Distributed Generation
Locke Lord Partners Brad B. Hawley, John R. Nelson and David Patton Elected as Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation
Locke Lord’s London Office Adds Depth to its Corporate and Energy Teams with the Addition of Alan Meneghetti as Partner and Chris Prior as Consultant
Locke Lord London Office Advises Rialto in Connection with Its Joint Venture with Vitol
Locke Lord Partners David Patton and Terry Radney Named to Houston Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Energy” for 2013
87 Locke Lord Attorneys Representing all 11 U.S. Firm Offices Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Edition
33 Locke Lord Attorneys and 15 Practice Areas Recognized in Chambers USA 2013 Rankings; 5 Attorneys on National List
Locke Lord Team Recognized by Leading Finance Magazine for Work on El Paso LBO Cited As Private Equity Deal of the Year
Locke Lord’s New Washington, D.C., Partner James Alford Expands Global Experience in Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Project Development and Finance
Locke Lord Welcomes Partner John McKinsey in Sacramento as Member of Energy and Corporate Practice Groups
Three Additional Locke Lord Partners Included in Chambers USA 2012 Rankings; 36 Attorneys and 15 Practice Areas Recognized
Dallas Partner Michael V. Powell Inducted into Prestigious Fellowship of American College of Trial Lawyers
Locke Lord’s New London Team in Place and Poised to Grow; Partners Elected to Leadership Positions on Executive Committee and Firm’s Board of Directors
Locke Lord Continues Global Growth: Announces Plans To Expand London Office
Locke Lord Doubles Practice Areas Ranked in "Best Law Firms" List, Earning 32 National Spots and 100 "Best" Rankings Overall
Noted Corporate Energy Attorney Robert Eickenroht Joins Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell as Houston Partner
Locke Lord Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized for Excellence in Chambers USA 2011 Rankings
Dale D. Smith Joins Energy, Finance Practices as Partner in Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell's Houston Office
Nine Locke Lord Practice Areas Nationally Ranked in ‘Best Law Firms’ List; Firm Earns 53 ‘Best’ Spots Overall
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Attorneys Around the Nation Rank Among Top in Best Lawyers in America 2011
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Elevates Eight Associates to Partner
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Attorneys Recognized Among The Best Lawyers in America 2010
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Houston Partner Named to National Energy Organization’s Leadership Post
Accomplished D.C. Energy Attorney Bruce Grabow Joins Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell as Senior Counsel
Skilled Energy Washington, D.C. Attorneys Join Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Houston Partner Named to the Board Of Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Houston Partner Named to the Advisory Board of University of Texas Publication
Locke Liddell & Sapp's David Patton Elected to State Bar's Energy Council
Locke Liddell & Sapp Partner Named to Board of Mountain States Legal Foundation
Two Established Attorneys Join Locke Liddell & Sapp as Partners in Houston Office
Philip Eisenberg Named Partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp
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