Rising Stars

Energy regulation: oil and gas in United States

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP‘s Washington DC-based team serves clients across the midstream space in regulatory, transactional, and enforcement matters involving oil, gas, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen pipelines. The team is particularly renowned for its representation of clients before the FERC, DOE, CFTC, PHMSA, and other state and federal energy regulatory agencies. Department head Mark Lewis routinely advises clients who own, operate, develop, and invest in oil and gas pipeline infrastructure and related infrastructure, including LNG storage facilities. Kirk Morgan advises clients on new infrastructure projects such as greenfield pipelines and expansion projects, among others, while Michael Brooks specializes in representing clients in investigations brought by regulatory bodies such as the CFTC and FERC. George Fatula has significant experience handling FERC proceedings, including rate cases, and Annie Cook is noted for her experience in pipeline safety matters. Eugene Elrod joined the firm from Latham & Watkins LLP in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kirk Morgan; Michael Brooks; Catherine Little; George Fatula; Annie Cook; Eugene Elrod; Kathryn Penry; Mandi Moroz

Key clients

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Tallgrass Energy Partners

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Phillips 66 Pipeline

Targa Resources

TC Energy

Williams Companies

NuStar Energy

Enbridge Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Trailblazer and REX in connection with a project that will involve Trailblazer converting a large portion of its system from natural gas service to carbon dioxide service.
  • Advised midstream services providers Enterprise Products, Targa Resources and TC Energy on their opposition to a FERC-proposed policy statement issued in December 2022 about imposing new onerous requirements on oil pipelines signing contracts with affiliates.
  • Advised Vanguard on the development, construction and operation of several renewable natural gas projects as it relates to pipeline safety jurisdiction and regulations.

Steptoe LLP

Steptoe LLP advises both oil and natural gas pipeline companies on complex regulatory and litigation matters in addition to handling matters related to transactions, project development, pipeline safety, and FERC enforcement issues. Daniel Poynor, who heads the Washington DC-based practice, acts for pipeline companies in litigation proceedings as well as on ratemaking matters and pipeline expansion projects. Daniel Mullen supports clients with energy and commodities enforcement matters, government investigations, and litigation, as well as with the development of regulatory compliance programs. Steven Brose regularly handles compliance and transactional matters, while Steven Reed advises on new pipeline projects and the corresponding regulatory processes in addition to resolving disputes arising before the FERC, state regulatory agencies, and appellate courts. Joshua Runyan advises clients with respect to the construction, operation, and maintenance of major energy projects. The firm welcomed Lorrie Marcil from Sidley Austin LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Poynor

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Mullen; Steven Brose; Steven Reed; Shaun Boedicker; Joshua Runyan; Lorrie Marcil


‘Depth breadth of experience in oil pipeline regulation is outstanding. Excellent written product.’

‘Steven Brose, Steven Reed, Daniel Poynor and Lorrie Marcil are excellent lawyers on oil pipeline regulation. Very seasoned and unmatched level of experience.’

Key clients

Colonial Pipeline Company

Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership

Liquid Energy Pipeline Association

ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.

Northern Natural Gas Company

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

Magellan Midstream Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Colonial in relation to a series of complaints, which were filed with FERC, challenging all of its rates, including its market-based rates and market-based ratemaking authority, as well as its indexed rates.
  • Advised Enbridge in connection with the State of Michigan’s attempt to shut down the portion of Line 5 that runs under the Straights of Mackinac and related litigation.
  • Acted for Northern Natural Gas in an administrative hearing to increase its transportation rates.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s energy regulation and complex commercial litigation practice, which is co-headed by Houston-based lawyers Jay Seegers and Suzanne Clevenger as well as Washington DC-based William Scherman, handles a diverse portfolio of matters that encompasses rate cases, presidential permit applications, compliance issues, and FERC enforcement proceedings. Seegers advises clients on a wide range of complex regulatory issues and federal energy policy trends, while Clevenger’s practice centers around advising clients on FERC regulatory requirements and compliance with FERC regulations, including assisting clients with the creation of regulatory compliance and internal audit programs. Scherman, who joined the firm in February 2023 from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, advises companies on litigation, commercial, regulatory and legislative matters relating to the US and international energy markets. John Decker has expertise in the production and transportation of LNG, the development of gas-fired power plants, and natural gas asset transactions. Monique Watson, who joined from Steptoe LLP in August 2023, offers strategic, policy and legal expertise in all facets of natural gas and oil pipeline regulation, allowing her to handle rate cases and tariff analysis, energy market policy reviews, and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Jay Seegers; Suzanne Clevenger; William Scherman

Other key lawyers:

John Decker; Jason Fleischer; Monique Watson

Work highlights

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s broad energy practice includes representing clients in natural gas proceedings concerning the rates and terms of service for transportation and storage, advising on the permitting of regulated facilities, and negotiating a broad array of commercial agreements. The practice is headed jointly by Washington DC-based Michael Yuffee and Austin’s Andrea Stover; both routinely advise clients on enforcement and compliance matters before FERC and the CFTC. In Houston, Michelle Boudreaux has significant experience representing clients in contested proceedings regarding rates and terms of service, and obtaining regulatory approvals, while Jim Barkley is well-versed in advising on the regulation of common carrier, and utility oil and gas pipelines in Texas. In DC, Emil Barth supports a wide range of litigation and transactional matters, and Ryan Norfolk focuses his practice on work involving wholesale energy markets, including enforcement, compliance, and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Yuffee; Andrea Stover

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Boudreaux; Jim Barkley; Emil Barth; Ryan Norfolk; Patrick Leahy; Landon Lill

Key clients

Repsol Energy North America Corporation

CenterPoint Energy Resources Corporation

Fundare Resources Operating Company, LLC

Macquarie Energy, LLC

Uinta Wax


Murphy Oil Corporation

Argus Media

Work highlights

  • Advised ONEOK, Inc. on a variety of Texas regulatory matters.
  • Represented CenterPoint Energy Resources alongside Minnesota counsel (Taft) in proceedings at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to determine prudence of gas supply costs during February 2021 Winter Storm Uri.
  • Represented Fundare Resources Company, LLC in negotiating and documenting a senior secured term loan facility in the aggregate amount of $15m to finance, in part, the acquisition by Fundare of the Redtail assets.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP supports clients throughout the whole lifecycle of pipeline infrastructure development, from project planning and environmental reviews to prosecution and defense of permit applications before FERC and federal courts. The Washington DC-based team has particular expertise in LNG-related matters, routinely advising on Section 4 proceedings as well as on commercial issues relating to LNG export demand. The practice is led by Stefan Krantz, who has significant experience advising major pipeline companies in connection with large natural gas pipeline delivery systems. Greg Junge specializes in advising pipeline clients in certificate and abandonment proceedings and natural gas pipeline certificate regulation. Zachary Launer represents major corporations in rate cases, while Allison Hellreich supports a broad range of energy industry participants, including natural gas pipeline companies, with regulatory and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Krantz

Other key lawyers:

Greg Junge; Zachary Launer; Allison Hellreich


‘Tremendous experience in almost every aspect of the energy industry. They are a go-to firm for almost every issue. FERC compliance is particularly strong.’

‘Great customer service/responsiveness.’

‘Greg Junge is the consummate FERC practitioner. He has seen and done it all under the natural gas act. No-nonsense practical legal advice knows our business model.’

‘The individuals I use at the firm are rarely unfamiliar with a new issue. This saves our company, time, and money. Quick phone calls almost always lead to the answers I need.’

‘They are strategic, thoughtful, and conduct themselves as if they are in house. They care just as much as we do about the quality of the outcome.’

‘Stefan Krantz is a trusted business partner. He guides us on all elements of our business, and he truly cares about what we do and how we do it. The quality of his work and thought process is unsurpassed.’

Key clients

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC

ANR Pipeline Company

TC Energy

Texas Gas Transmission

Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC

Gulf South Pipeline

Northern Border Pipeline Co.

UGI Sunbury

Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.

Texas LNG Brownsville LLC


Work highlights

  • Defended pipeline company Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, a subsidiary of TC Energy, against allegations made by Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC, a natural gas exploration and production company.
  • Represented ANR throughout the entire process of preparing, filing, litigating, and ultimately achieving a favorable settlement in its most recent Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate filing.
  • Represented Texas Gas Transmission in obtaining and defending regulatory approvals for its Henderson County Expansion Project, which aims to facilitate a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by, among other things, allowing Texas Gas’ customer to retire existing coal-fired generating facilities and to add new wind and solar resources.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP represents industry participants in policy and enforcement matters before FERC, the DOE, CFTC, PHMSA, and other federal agencies, while also providing regulatory support to transactions within the oil and gas industry. Practice co-head Patrick Nevins advises pipeline companies and LNG developers on major infrastructure projects, regulatory matters, and administrative litigation. Natasha Gianvecchio also co-heads the team and focuses on natural gas-related work in addition to her electric power expertise. David Schwartz is noted for his experience advising clients involved in gas marketing, trading, transportation, and distribution. Tyler Brown concentrates his practice on administrative litigation, regulatory, and transactional work regarding financings and acquisitions in the energy industry. Eugene Elrod left the firm in November 2023. The team is located in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Gianvecchio; Patrick Nevins

Other key lawyers:

David Schwartz; Tyler Brown


‘The practice group creatively addresses regulatory issues while never losing sight of the commercial implications of their work.’

‘Pat Nevins is one of the best in the game. In particular, there is nobody else I’d want in my corner when developing FERC-regulated infrastructure projects.’

‘Efficient, responsive, first drafts are tight, and are a near-finished work product.’ 

‘Patrick Nevins is unbeatable when it comes to knowledge of Section 3,4,5 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act.’

Key clients

Venture Global LNG

Venture Global Calcasieu Pass

Cove Point LNG, LP

Cheniere Energy

Dominion Energy

BHE Eastern Gas Transmission & Storage

Venture Global Plaquemines LNG

Gator Express Pipeline

Venture Global CP2 LNG

CP Express, LLC

Delfin LNG

NextDecade Corp. – Rio Grande LNG


Magellan Midstream Partners

Gibson Energy ULC

ArcLight Capital


Sendero Midstream Partners

Lucid Energy

Energy Capital Partners

HF Sinclair Corporation

Wells Fargo

Sabine Pass Liquefaction


Energy Transfer

Orion Energy Partners


Green Era 83rd Street LLC

Work highlights

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s energy and project development team, co-headed by Chicago-based Elizabeth Hanigan and Washington DC-based Stephen Spina, advises clients on a broad range of issues, such as certification and approval of new natural gas pipelines and storage facilities, development of interstate pipeline projects, and other regulatory, permitting, and transactional matters concerning exports and imports of natural gas. Kirstin Gibbs has significant expertise in advising on the development of new oil and gas infrastructure as well as in supporting clients with environmental challenges. Levi McAllister is another key practitioner in the group and advises on gas matters as well as on energy commodity trading. Pamela Wu, who represents clients before regulatory bodies such as FERC and the CFTC, and Arjun Ramadevanahalli, who advises owners and operators of critical pipeline infrastructure on cybersecurity compliance and enforcement issues, are further names to note. Unless otherwise mentioned, all lawyers listed are based in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Hanigan; Stephen Spina

Other key lawyers:

Kirstin Gibbs, Levi McAllister; Michael Müller; Pamela Wu; Arjun Ramadevanahalli


‘The team at Morgan Lewis is exceptional in providing regulatory advice on FERC-related matters to our group. They are trusted experts for us, extremely responsive, flexible and creative in developing alternative fee arrangements, cost conscious and they are all a pleasure to work with.’

‘They are our go-to firm for all liquid pipeline FERC matters.’

‘Kirstin Gibbs is the best pipeline lawyer I’ve ever worked with. I truly can’t say enough positive things about her. When Kirstin is supporting us on a regulatory matter, I take great comfort in knowing that we are extremely well represented. Her expertise is extraordinary, and she is an absolute joy to work with.’

‘In addition to Kirstin Gibbs, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Levi McAllister and Pamela Wu, and they are all excellent attorneys.’

Key clients

South Jersey Industries and affiliates

Spire Marketing

Spire Storage West

Spire Midstream

Equinor ASA and affiliates

Duke Energy and affiliates

Diversified Gas & Oil PLC and affiliates

Summit Utilities

Shell Trading (US) Company

EnergyMark, LLC

Ares EIF

Work highlights

  • Advised South Jersey Industries regarding an investment and development in RNG projects across the Northeast that will allow the SJI gas utilities to decarbonize the company’s footprint in New Jersey.
  • Represented clients such as Equinor Natural Gas, South Jersey Resources Group, LLC, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc. and Spire Marketing LLC in connection with multiple general Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case filings to increase rates and implement other tariff proposals, including on pipelines such as ANR Pipeline, Texas Eastern Transmission, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation, and Stagecoach Pipeline.
  • Represented Shell Trading US Company in multiple tariff and rate proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving actions by oil pipelines, as well as in general policy matters involving oil pipeline affiliates bidding in open seasons for new pipeline capacity.

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP advises clients through the full lifecycle oil and natural gas infrastructure development process, including on development, permitting, construction, and operation matters, as well as on regulatory compliance and transactional issues. Practice co-head Mona Tandon concentrates her practice on oil and product pipelines as well as on natural gas matters. Co-head Michael Pincus is sought out by clients who are involved in natural gas pipeline projects for his expertise in Natural Gas Act Section 7 certificating. Michael Diamond represents clients before FERC and federal courts of appeals and provides advice on rate and tariff matters. In Houston, Mosby Perrow assists clients with federal regulatory issues related to the natural gas and electric utility industries, including rate matters, pipeline certification, and abandonment proceedings. In 2023, Joseph Hainline joined the team from an in-house position at the US Department of Transportation. All named practitioners are located in the Washington DC office unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Mona Tandon; Michael Pincus

Other key lawyers:

Michael Diamond; Mosby Perrow; Joseph Hainline

Key clients

Spire STL Pipeline, LLC

Kinder Morgan Inc.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

WBI Energy

Sempra Infrastructure

Dominion Energy

Texas LNG

Boardwalk Pipelines

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC

Millenium Pipeline

Work highlights

  • Represented Tennessee Gas Pipeline before the D.C. Circuit to defend FERC’s approvals of two Tennessee expansion projects: the East 300 Project, serving a local distribution company in New York, and the Evangeline Pass Project, serving an LNG terminal on the Gulf Coast.
  • Successfully assisted subsidiaries of Sempra Infrastructure with obtaining regulatory approvals from FERC to allow them to restructure and transfer ownership of major pipeline projects feeding gas to liquefied natural gas export terminals.
  • Assisted Texas LNG with obtaining authorization from FERC for its planned $1.3bn LNG export terminal in south Texas.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates has extensive experience advising on regulatory issues related to natural gas pipeline transportation and storage as well as LNG imports and exports, with notable expertise in FERC processes for new facilities and safety reviews before PHMSA. Washington DC-based David Wochner routinely advises clients on matters concerning interstate natural gas and oil pipelines as well as on regulatory issues associated with offshore energy facilities, including LNG terminals. Timothy Furdyna, who is also based in Washington DC, advises clients on federal energy regulatory proceedings before FERC. Jamie Lavergne Bryan has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

David Wochner, Timothy Furdyna; Hilary Soileau


‘The practice distinguishes itself by the breadth and depth of its resources and the value they provide. Across the U.S., we work with lawyers in other cities who had particular strength in certain topic areas. And beyond the U.S., we are the beneficiaries of an integrated international practice that provides greater resources for us.’

‘In addition to the breadth, the depth of the practice is exceptional – we certainly recognize their industry-leading expertise and reputation. Their experience and knowledge pertaining to statutes, regulations, industries, ecosystems, and commercial markets provided value to us well beyond traditional “legal support.”’

‘The individual lawyers we worked with differentiated themselves in several key areas. Their expertise is deep and comprehensive. The access they provide across their international practice and firm is incredibly valuable. They work seamlessly together as a single “team” to help amplify their impact for us.’

‘Our key resource is David Wochner – who is downright exceptional, and whose value to us is bigger than can be described here. He goes above and beyond in every instance.’


Key clients

NextDecade – Rio Grande LNG


Entergy Services, LLC

NEXT Carbon Solutions

Commonwealth LNG

Glenfarne Energy Transition

Magnolia LNG LLC

New Jersey Natural Gas

Work highlights

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is well-regarded for its ability to represent oil and gas clients before FERC, the DOE, and other federal agencies, though the team is also capable of advising on issues relating to transitions to hydrogen, and carbon capture projects. The team is co-led by James Bowe and Nikesh Jindal, who are both based in Washington DC. Bowe has notable experience advising on the regulation of energy pipelines, oil and gas import and export facilities, storage facilities, and LNG projects, while Jindal’s advisory portfolio includes onshore and offshore exploration and decommissioning work. Tyler Brown, who is based in Atlanta, routinely represents natural gas pipelines clients, storage operators and local distribution companies before FERC.

Practice head(s):

James Bowe; Nikesh Jindal

Other key lawyers:

Tyler Brown


‘Deep subject matter expertise in niche areas, with a real appreciation for the business imperatives their clients are working to achieve.’

Key clients

Caliche Development Partners II LLC

Golden Triangle Storage, LLC

Cenovus Energy, Inc.

Chevron Corporation

Competitive Power Ventures


Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville, LP

EQT Corporation

Freepoint Commodities

Genera PR LLC

Hy Stor Energy LP

J.P. Morgan

Lotus Infrastructure Partners

Mexico Pacific Limited LLC

Mitsui & Co. Energy Marketing and Services

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

The Narragansett Electric Company

Targa Resources Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised Golden Triangle Storage, LLC on all FERC-related matters, including preparation of an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity filed with FERC to authorize Golden Triangle Storage, LLC to build two new salt dome natural gas storage caverns in Beaumont, Texas.
  • Advised Mexico Pacific Limited, LLC, a developer of a multi-billion dollar LNG export facility in Mexico, on DOE natural gas export authorization, commercial contracting matters relating to gas transportation to the export facility, the negotiation and execution of agreements for the construction of the MPL export facility, and on international trade and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance matters.
  • Advised Chevron on the full life cycle of its oil and gas activities, which includes regulatory and litigation advocacy over new offshore leases to support expanded energy production, litigation over challenges to environmental approvals authorizing drilling and exploration work, counselling on proposed changes to the regulatory framework governing oil and gas development, and assistance with decommissioning work related to the retirement of legacy assets.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP supports clients with a wide range of oil and gas related matters and is capable of representing them before the DOE for export authorization, obtaining certificates of public convenience, and negotiating development agreements in connection with LNG projects. Dahl Thompson counts project sponsors and developers as well as private equity investors among her client portfolio. Lisa Tonery represents high-profile clients who are active in the global LNG market on a wide range of regulatory matters, including in relation to complex pipeline projects and import facilities. Mariah Johnston is experienced in advising companies on securing permits and authorizations for major energy projects and regularly represents clients in proceedings before FERC, the DOE, and PHMSA. The entire team is located in New York.

Practice head(s):

Dahl Thompson; Lisa Tonery

Other key lawyers:

Mariah Johnston

Key clients

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Midship Pipeline Company, LLC

Freeport LNG Development, L.P.

Tellurian Inc.


EcoEléctrica, L.P.

Braskem S.A.

Enstor Gas, LLC

Marathon Oil

New Fortress Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy in a proceeding before MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard in connection with an application for all Federal authorizations required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port for the export of LNG, as well as in a proceeding before DOE for associated export authorizations.
  • Represented Freeport LNG and its affiliates in proceedings before FERC, DOE and other agencies to obtain authorization to construct and operate the Freeport Liquefaction Project and for authorization to export therefrom.
  • Represented Driftwood LNG LLC with respect to permitting matters before FERC, DOE and other agencies, as well as in other matters, related to the development of an LNG production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Troutman Pepper

Troutman Pepper is known for its expertise in the natural gas sector, where the firm assists clients with matters related to pipelines, terminals, LNG facilities, as well as emerging fuels and technology. The team is co-led by Amie Colby, Daniel Archuleta, and Atlanta-based Brandon Marzo. Colby routinely advises on FERC regulations and transmission issues, Archuleta advises on the development and construction of large natural gas infrastructure and technologies in addition to addressing regulatory concerns involving LNG and compressed natural gas, and Marzo regularly represents companies in regulatory approvals before state commissions. In Charlotte, Mindy McGrath represents clients in regulatory matters before the FERC. Russell Kooistra concentrates his practice on the federal regulation of the physical and financial gas and electricity markets, and Antonia Douglas has a special focus on supporting natural gas pipeline companies and local distribution companies before the US Court of Appeals and FERC. Practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Amie Colby; Daniel Archuleta; Brandon Marzo

Other key lawyers:

Mindy McGrath; Russell Kooistra; Mary-Kate Rigney; Antonia Douglas

Key clients

Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

Spire STL Pipeline LLC

Duke Energy Corporation and multiple subsidiaries

Zone 4/5 Group

Upper Midwest Shipper Group

Southern Company Gas

Atmos Energy Corporation

Dominion Energy

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

WEC Energy Group

CHS Inc.

Twin Eagle Energy Management

TECO Energy

Hearthstone Company

NW Natural

Washington Gas

Eastern Gas Transmission and Storage

Work highlights

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP regularly represents clients in compliance and enforcement matters before FERC and EPA and advises on the regulatory dimensions of gas permits as well as of project developments and operations, including in relation to environmental issues. The practice is led by Myles Reynolds in Dallas, whose portfolio encompasses rate cases and advice on greenfield projects for a variety of clients, including natural gas utilities and midstream companies. Based in Washington DC, Shemin Proctor also sports extensive expertise in representing clients before FERC and advising them on regulatory compliance in connection with transactional matters. Another key practitioner in the group is DC’s John Shepherd, an energy specialist with extensive experience in pipeline certification and abandonment as well as in civil enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Shemin Proctor; John Shepherd

Key clients

Energy Transfer Partners

Energy Transfer Equity

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, LLC

Rover Pipeline LLC

Enbridge Inc.

Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Gulf States in obtaining acknowledgement of a change in FERC policy when filing a certificate application seeking both approval of the abandonment by sale of a FERC jurisdictional pipeline and a determination that the assets would not be subject to FERC jurisdiction after the sale based on application of FERC’s primary function test.
  • Represented ENSTAR in a general rate case before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
  • Represented Tres Palacios Gas Storage in the development of an expansion of its natural gas storage facility.

Jones Day

Praised as ‘subject matter experts’, the oil and gas regulatory team at Jones Day is well-versed in both FERC litigation and project development matters and maintains a diverse client base comprising producers, pipeline companies, distributors, and end users. Transactional support represents another key component of the practice, which works closely with the firm’s transactions group to handle regulatory approvals and due diligence. The Houston office comprises practice head Jeffrey Schlegel as well as James Olson, who regularly represents clients in administrative litigation before FERC. David Applebaum is based in Washington DC and fields a broad energy practice that includes internal investigations, policy matters, and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schlegel

Other key lawyers:

James Olson; David Applebaum


‘Subject matter experts.’

‘Leaders within the DC energy bar.’

‘Strategic analysis of current rate case or other regulatory matter for current impact and long- term impact. Jones Day supports commercial contractual decision making with an eye on the commercial influences of the current and future regulatory background.’

Key clients

Tampa Electric Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Tampa Electric Company in a FERC Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filed by Florida Gas Transmission.

Jones Walker LLP

The New Orleans-based practice at Jones Walker LLP is ideally situated to handle major projects in Louisiana, most notably those pertaining to carbon sequestration and underground storage, though the firm is also routinely involved in matters relating to the petrochemical and LNG spaces. Grady Hurley, whose portfolio combines energy and maritime law, leads the practice jointly with Marjorie McKeithen, a carbon capture and sequestration specialist with in-depth experience in the development and operation of energy infrastructure projects including hydrogen facilities, pipelines, and LNG projects. Jonathan Hunter focuses on various matters within the offshore oil and gas industry.

Practice head(s):

Grady Hurley; Marjorie McKeithen

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hunter; Lauren Courtney Mastio

Work highlights

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s portfolio in the oil and gas space includes supporting clients on the regulatory aspects of M&A and financing transactions as well as advising them on enforcement issues, compliance, and the development of LNG and pipeline facilities. Further areas of strength for the team are shipper contracts and appellate litigation alongside environmental matters and bankruptcy-related work. Brooksany Barrowes and Andrew Stuyvenberg are main contacts for the practice and are both noted for their experience handling regulatory and transactional matters before FERC and the DOE.

Other key lawyers:

Brooksany Barrowes; Andrew Stuyvenberg

Key clients

Archaea Energy Inc.


Gulfport Energy Corporation

Global Infrastructure Partners

Energy Transfer Partners

EQT Corp.

Devon Energy Corp.

Civitas Resources

MAS Energy, LLC

Colgate Energy Partners III

Producers Midstream, LP

NexTier Oil Field Services

Ovintiv Inc.

I Squared Capital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Work highlights

  • Represented Gulfport Energy Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries in regulatory and appellate litigation arising from their Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including obtaining an order from the Fifth Circuit finding in favor of Gulfport and vacating certain FERC orders instituting a paper hearing and making public interest findings.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on a major investment in Rio Grande LNG, an approximately $11.5bn LNG development project in Texas.
  • Advised ONEOK, Inc. on its definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding units of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $18.8bn including assumed debt, resulting in a combined company with a total enterprise value of $60bn.