Arnold, John K.

John K. Arnold

Partner
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John Arnold represents energy companies in a broad range of regulatory and commercial matters, including regulatory compliance and disputes as well as energy project development and commercial transactions. Well-versed in midstream and electricity issues, John serves clients in matters before the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

In addition to many of the largest pipeline companies in the country, John provides regulatory and commercial guidance to startup and private equity-backed midstream companies throughout Texas and the Southwest.

John Arnold represents energy companies in a broad range of regulatory and commercial matters, including regulatory compliance and disputes as well as energy project development and commercial transactions. Well-versed in midstream and electricity issues, John serves clients in matters before the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

In addition to many of the largest pipeline companies in the country, John provides regulatory and commercial guidance to startup and private equity-backed midstream companies throughout Texas and the Southwest.

His experience includes:

Midstream and Oil and Gas

Regulatory

  • Represent multiple midstream companies in the intrastate oil, gas, NGL and refined products markets in permitting, compliance, tariff structuring, pipeline safety and compliance matters
  • Represent oil and gas storage facilities in regulatory compliance matters
  • Represent international midstream company on intrastate portion of multiple bids to deliver natural gas to power plants in Mexico
  • Represent natural gas utilities and pipelines in rate setting proceedings and regulatory matters

Transactional

  • Counsel midstream companies and producers on gathering, treating, processing, storage, purchase and transportation agreements
  • Counsel midstream transportation and storage facilities on project development and related transactions
  • Counsel midstream and utility companies on acquisition and divestiture of pipeline assets and companies
  • Counsel midstream companies on right-of-way matters

Electricity

Regulatory

  • Represent the state’s second-largest electric utility in regulatory matters before cities and the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Represent equity investors in proposal to acquire the state’s largest electric utility out of bankruptcy proceeding
  • Represent affiliate of power generation company in process to build significant electric transmission infrastructure in Texas, and in subsequent rate matters
  • Represent merchant transmission company in regulatory proceedings to expand Texas transmission assets
  • Represent utility’s largest industrial customer in rate proceedings

Transactional

  • Advise companies regarding retail power contracts
  • Negotiate and execute facilities extension and power supply agreement
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Education
  • J.D.,

    cum laude

    , Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1999

    Order of the Coif
    Articles Editor, Southern Methodist University Law Review
    Member of The Barristers
    John Kennedy Post-Graduate Scholarship

  • B.A., Political Science and International Studies, Trinity University, 1993

    Presidential Scholarship

Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1999
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Languages
  • Spanish
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, Houston Bar Association, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section
    • Member, Public Utility Law Section, State Bar of Texas
    • Member, Gulf Coast Power Association
    • Member, Energy Bar Association
    • Member, President’s Board of Visitors, Trinity University
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law (2022)
    • Recognized, Chambers USA, Energy: State Regulatory and Litigation (Electricity) and (Oil & Gas) (Band 1) (2012-2021)
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord LLP
    • Law Clerk, Justice Craig T. Enoch, Texas Supreme Court (1999-2000)
    • Aide to the Texas Attorney General (1994-1996)
    • Campaign Manager, Texas House of Representatives (1993-1994)