Energy regulation: oil and gas in United States

Bracewell LLP

Active in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments, Bracewell LLP has a range of experience in regulated transactions and represents clients before FERC, the DOE, and the CFTC. The team is particularly active in the area of pipeline infrastructure. The team is based in Washington DC and includes managing partner Mark Lewis and energy and commodities trading specialist Michael Brooks.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kirk Morgan; David Perlman; Michael Brooks; George Fatula

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is very well known for its expertise in oil pipeline regulation. In this regard, the team is regularly involved in regulatory rate challenges and litigation, and also handles a full range of matters related to pipeline transactions, project development and accident response. Daniel Poynor heads the pipeline practice and represents pipeline companies both in litigation and in FERC challenges. Another key individual is Steven Brose, who co-founded the firm's pipeline practice and acts for some of its most prominent clients, including Tallgrass Energy and Sunoco Pipeline. Also recommended are Daniel Mullen, who represents clients in commodities enforcement actions; Monique Watson, a name to note for environmental impact issues relating to pipelines; and Steven Reed, who has over three decades of experience in FERC enforcement matters and state regulatory proceedings. All named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Steven Reed; Daniel Poynor

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Mullen; Dane Jaques; Laura Swett; Steven Brose; David Coburn; Monique Watson; Joshua Runyan


‘The team has deep and strong expertise on oil pipeline regulation. Strong advocacy and strategic thinkers with many years of experience. A “go-to” firm.’

‘Daniel Poynor is an outstanding writer, with deep understanding of the law and regulations, and very easy to work with. Understands technical issues and how to convey arguments simply. Steve Reed has very deep experience and is an excellent advocate.’

Key clients

Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL)

Colonial Pipeline Company

Enbridge Inc.

Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (EELP)

Northern Natural Gas Company

Sunoco Pipeline L.P.

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.

Plains Pipeline LP

Work highlights

  • Representing Colonial Pipeline Company beginning in November 2017, in a series of complaints filed with FERC challenging all of Colonial’s rates, including its market-based rates and market-based ratemaking authority, as well as its indexed rates.
  • Represent Northern Natural Gas Company in a high-stakes investigation by FERC into the justness and reasonableness of Northern’s rates.
  • Successfully represented EELP in connection with its defense against protests at FERC of EELP’s 2019 Facilities Surcharge Mechanism tariff filing, with FERC finding that the elimination of the accumulated deferred income tax balance was ultimately appropriate.

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP offers a broad range of services to companies operating in the areas of oil and natural gas, LNG, and refined products. Key areas of work include representing clients in rate, tariff, certificate, and enforcement proceedings at FERC, as well as pipeline safety compliance and enforcement at the DOT’s Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Susan Olenchuk regularly represents clients before PHMSA and Mona Tandon has a broad practice covering tariffs, ratemaking and regulatory rate litigation. Brian O’Neill and Michael Pincus often work together to handle FERC matters involving natural gas pipelines and LNG terminals. Paul Korman had an active year, having handled rate cases for clients including Kinder Morgan and Dominion. All named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Susan Olenchuk; Mona Tandon; Michael Pincus

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Acker; Paul Korman; Brian O’Neill

Key clients

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Tallgrass Energy, LP

Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC

WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.

Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

NGL Energy Partners

Dominion Energy Resources Inc.

Stagecoach Pipeline and Storage Company

Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline, LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted American Gas Association, the trade organization that represents more than 200 companies delivering natural gas in the United States, with its annual publication of its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission handbook and assisting the AGA’s officers in providing regulatory information and advice to its member companies.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP maintains a broad client base in the natural gas and LNG sectors and has a range of expertise in regulatory matters and trial and appellate litigation relating to major infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines. Key areas of work include handling rate cases, complex certificate, tariff, abandonment and permit applications. Houston-based Jay Seegers represents clients in administrative disputes and also assists with commercial contracts and gas sale agreements, while Anita Wilson in Washington DC is recommended for agency enforcement matters involving FERC, the DOE and NTSB. A contact in the project development space is John Decker in Washington DC, who has been very active in the development of LNG facilities. Suzanne Clevenger and counsel Damien Lyster are also recommended in the Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Jay Seegers; Anita Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Damien Lyster; John Decker; Christopher Terhune; Andrew Beach; Suzanne Clevenger

Key clients

New Fortress Energy

Enable Midstream Partners/Enable Gulf Run Pipeline

Linn Operating, Inc./Linn Energy, Inc.

Marathon Oil Corporation

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Antero Resources

TC PipeLines, LP

Plains All-American Pipeline, LP

Spire Storage West LLC

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC

Enbridge/Valley Crossing Pipeline, LLC

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC

Energy Transfer Partners, LP

Adelphia Gateway, LLC

Enbridge/Texas Eastern Transmission, LP

Enbridge/Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC

Enbridge/ East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC

Enbridge/Mississippi Canyon Gas Pipeline, LLC

Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C.

Gulfstream Natural Gas System, L.L.C.

Alliance Pipeline L.P.

Riverstone Energy Limited

Enbridge/ Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Work highlights

  • Represents Enbridge in numerous pipeline rate and certificate matters before FERC, including general Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case and Section 5 proceedings, for Enbridge subsidiaries Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC, East Tennessee Natural Gas Company, Saltville Gas Storage Company, L.L.C. and Mississippi Canyon Gas Pipeline, LLC.
  • Advising Jordan Cove on all federal regulatory issues and certain commercial issues relating to the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a proposed liquefied natural gas export project and associated 229-mile pipeline that will be located in Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • Advising on all aspects of the development of energy infrastructure in Puerto Rico, including the construction of a micro fuel handling facility in the port of San Juan, the conversion of diesel-fired power plant to natural gas, facilities to truck LNG to industrial users and microgrids.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a highly rated practice group that advises clients on regulatory challenges relating to rates and terms of service for transportation and storage and permitting of regulated facilities. It also assists with the negotiation of a broad range of commercial agreements affecting regulated products and services. Practice head Jay Ryan and Houston-based Jim Barkley are the key figures in this space. Senior counsels Tom Eastment and Emil Barth are also recommended. Named practitioners are in the firm's Washington DC office unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ryan; Jim Barkley

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Eastment; Emil Barth


‘The team is current on regulatory issues and aware before we are on what lawmakers and energy regulatory bodies are contemplating.’

‘All of the individuals I have worked with are very accessible and have been able to provide historical context to the creation of the rules, regulations, and procedures of the regulatory body, usually on the spot. This helps me determine the best way the firm can assist me with any particular issue.’

Key clients

Repsol Energy North America Corporation (Repsol)

West Texas LPG Pipeline, LP (WTXP)

Halliburton Energy Services

MDC Texas Energy LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Repsol Energy North America Corporation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in regulatory matters concerning its natural gas marketing business and its Canaport LNG terminal.
  • Advised WTXP on the negotiation of a resolution of a dispute involving the Texas Railroad Commission, without further litigation.
  • Assisting MDC Texas Energy LLC with the permitting of 40 saltwater disposal wells in Reeves County, Texas.

Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC

Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC offers a wide range of services to its oil pipeline clients, from administrative and appellate litigation to comprehensive representation before FERC. In addition to enforcement work, the firm also assists with regulatory approvals for projects and transactions and ratemaking cases for oil pipelines. Elizabeth Kohlhausen and Amy Hoff have been particularly standout over the review period. Kohlhausen focuses on the development of pipeline projects, while Hoff is a name to note for administrative litigation. Sabina Walia is also noted and is experienced in representing natural gas pipelines in certificate and abandonment proceedings and rate and tariff proceedings. Also recommended is name partner Charles Caldwell, a very well-known adviser in the market. Michelle Boudreaux retired at the end of 2019. All named partners are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Charles Caldwell; Sabina Walia; Elizabeth Kohlhausen

Other key lawyers:

Amy Hoff

Key clients

Buckeye Partners

Kinder Morgan

Enterprise Products

Marathon Pipe Line

BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc.

Plains All-American

EnLink Midstream

NuStar Energy / NuStar Logistics

Hilcorp Energy Company

Western Gas Partners, LP

MarkWest Energy Partners

Energy Transfer Partners

Oryx Southern Delaware

Belle Fourche Pipeline Co.

Bridger Pipe Line LLC

Butte Pipe Line Company

Colonial Pipeline Company

Summit Natural Resources, LLC

Navigator Energy Services

Work highlights

  • Defending Central Florida Pipeline LLC (CFPL) and Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals LLC (KMLT) from a complaint filed at FERC claiming CFPL and KMLT were engaged in providing interstate transportation service without having tariffs on file with FERC and challenging the rates charged by CFPL and KMLT.
  • Assisting MPLX Ozark with preparing and filing applications with FERC seeking market-based ratemaking authority for the transportation of crude oil from Cushing, OK to a destination market encompassing Wood River and Patoka, IL.
  • Assisting White Cliffs with preparing and filing applications with FERC seeking market-based ratemaking authority for the transportation of crude oil from its origin market of the Niobrara Shale Region to its destination market of BEA No. 170 (Tulsa-Bartlesville, Oklahoma).

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has an active presence in the oil and gas space and assist clients with siting, certification and approval of new oil, natural gas, and gas-fired generation projects. The team also has experience in tariff and ratemaking cases. Kirstin Gibbs is the 'go-to partner' in the team. She focuses on FERC compliance and enforcement issues, and has represented clients such as Shell Trading and Equinor Natural Gas rate and tariff cases before the FERC and state regulators. Pamela Wu is a standout associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Sutton; Stephen Spina

Other key lawyers:

Kirstin Gibbs; Pamela Wu; Levi McAllister


‘Morgan Lewis has a very strong background working with FERC and other regulatory bodies. We have used them multiple times to help with pipeline protests and advocacy. They understand the difference between us needing to just double-check something vs us wanting them to completely take the lead. They are clear about their rates and I’ve not had an unwanted surprise billing from them.’

‘Kirstin Gibbs is our go-to partner. She is efficient and she understands the need for a quick turnaround. With some of the other firms we deal with, I couldn’t even consider going to them for an urgent matter because the red tape takes too long. She doesn’t load up the matter with lots of additional attorneys; she brings in the right number of people.’

Key clients


South Jersey Industries and affiliates

Shell Trading (US) Company

Equinor Natural Gas and affiliates

Duke Energy

Spire Storage West, Spire Marketing, and Spire Midstream

Piedmont Natural Gas

Kinder Morgan/Hiland

Diversified Gas & Oil

Ares Management

New Brunswick Marketing Corp./ Nova Scotia Power Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Kinder Morgan/Hiland in connection with a FERC proceeding regarding Northern Border Pipeline’s gas-quality tariff provisions.
  • Successfully negotiated and drafted a number of long-term natural gas supply agreements using the netback model in association with both new and existing natural gas–fired power generation facilities.
  • Represented Spire Storage West in the expansion of its existing natural gas storage facilities (Belle Butte) by filing and obtaining FERC approval to construct and operate new facilities.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a broad client base of natural gas and oil pipelines, storage and LNG facilities, which it advises on a wide range of matters from pipeline rates and rulemaking, to corporate restructuring and commercial transactions. Practice co-chair Kenneth Minesinger and Howard Nelson are the key figures in the team. The duo recently represented the State of Alaska in a huge variety of matters relating to its efforts to develop a new LNG export facility. Also recommended is Rabeha Kamaluddin, who has experience in administrative litigation and FERC and state regulatory enforcement.

Practice head(s):

William Garner; Kenneth Minesinger

Other key lawyers:

Howard Nelson; Rabeha Kamaluddin

Key clients

Petro Star, Inc.

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

NGL Energy Partners

Gunvor USA LLC

The State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Pilot Travel Centers LLC

Sheetz, Inc.

Apex Oil Company, Inc.

Dorado Transportation LLC

Calcasieu Refining Company

Work highlights

  • Representation of Petro Star in complex litigation at FERC regarding the Trans Alaska Pipeline (“TAPS”) and the implementation of the TAPS Quality Bank.
  • Representation of multiple clients, including Gunvor USA LLC, Pilot Travel Centers LLC, and Sheetz, Inc. in connection with filing a complaint at FERC against a major refined petroleum products pipeline (Colonial Pipeline).
  • Represent the State of Alaska and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation in efforts to induce the construction of a major LNG export project.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a broad oil and gas practice with clients drawn from every segment of the industry, though the team is especially active in regulatory rate cases, where it acts for major pipeline clients. The key figures in the team are Stefan Krantz and Greg Junge, both of whom have handled significant work for Columbia Gas Transmission Company, including its first Natural Gas Act section 4 rate filing in over two decades. Krantz and Junge are both in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Krantz

Other key lawyers:

Greg Junge

Key clients

Columbia Gulf Transmission

ARB Midstream

Gulf South Pipeline

Millennium Pipeline Co.


TC Energy

Nomura Holding, Inc.


Citgo Petroleum Corporation


Columbia Gas Transmission

Work highlights

  • Secured a highly favorable pre-settlement for Columbia Gulf Transmission, one of the largest natural gas pipelines in the United States and strategically located in the heart of the Utica and Marcellus shale formations, in an extremely contentious Natural Gas Act section 4 rate filing obligation.
  • Worked with ARB Midstream to develop and file initial rates and rules and regulations tariffs for a new crude oil pipeline transporting oil from the Denver-Julesburg basin.
  • On behalf of Gulf South Pipeline company, we successfully challenged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) rejection of the pipeline’s proposed rates for its Westlake expansion project.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP assists midstream and upstream energy clients and power companies with approvals for for the development, expansion and decommissioning of pipelines, terminals and storage facilities and power plants. It also has experience in rate and royalty cases and private litigation. Based in Washington DC, James Bowe is recommended for FERC ratemaking cases as well as for transactions in the sector, and Tim Engel recently advised Chevron on one of the largest decommissioning projects in the US.

Practice head(s):

James Bowe; Tim Engel; Marcella Burke

Other key lawyers:

William Rice; Charles Engel

Key clients

Amarillo Rattler, LLC

Arena Energy

Arevia Power

Brookfield Properties

Castleton Commodities

Chevron Corporation

Citadel Advisors LLC

Competitive Power Ventures


Crestwood Midstream Partners, LP

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville, LP

Enwave Energy

Kestrel Acquisition, LLC

Mexico Pacific Limited LLC

Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC

NOVA Chemicals

PAA Natural Gas Storage

Providence Energy Corporation

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

RH energytrans, LLC

Spire Midstream, LLC

Stagecoach Gas Services

Woodville Pellets

Work highlights

  • Represent Chevron in the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas production platforms and related assets under Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as State of California and local regulations.
  • Advising PREPA on the several commercial and regulatory matters, including the (i) negotiation of a natural gas fuel supply and conversion agreement with New Fortress Energy LLC (NFE), (ii) presentation of PREPA’s Integrated Resource Plan to the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, and (iii) negotiation of an amended natural gas supply agreement with Naturgy and a power purchase agreement with EcoEléctrica, L.P.
  • Represent Eagle LNG in obtaining regulatory approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy for the siting, construction and operation of two LNG production facilities and an export terminal to be located in Jacksonville, Florida, and for authorization to export LNG from each of the facilities.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Rated by clients for its 'flexibility and creativity', Latham & Watkins LLP provides a full range of regulatory advice to clients in the areas of electric generation and transmission, transportation and storage, LNG, crude oil and refined petroleum products. Eugene Elrod is the key contact in the team; he advises major energy companies including Occidental Petroleum and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company on regulatory permitting issues and corporate and commercial transactions relating to pipelines and LNG facilities. Also recommended are Patrick Nevins, Houston-based Tyler Brown and David Schwartz, who chairs the energy regulatory and markets practice. Named individuals are in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Tyler Brown; Patrick Nevins; Eugene Elrod


‘The team is client focused, with flexibility and creativity not often found with its large firm peers.’

‘Pat Nevins is widely respected in the oil and gas pipeline industry energy bar. He brings a level headed, solutions oriented mindset to questions involving regulated transactions, contracts, and FERC matters.’

‘Eugene Elrod is considered one of the long-time experts in the field. He has deep institutional and legal knowledge of the topic and is respected by all sides.’

Key clients

Hilcorp Alaska FERC

Pembina/Kinder Morgan

Oxy/Western Midstream

Venture Global LNG, Venture Global Calcasieu Pass

ExxonMobil Pipeline

Cove Point LNG, LP

Cheniere Energy

Midship Pipeline

Various subsidiaries of Dominion Energy


Venture Global LNG, Venture Global Plaquemines LNG

SoCalGas / SDG&E / SCE

Howard Midstream

Multiple clients on various transactions – Equitrans, ECP, WGL Midstream, Pin Oak, WhiteWater Midstream, Permian Highway

PTE Pipeline

Sendero Midstream

Atlantic Coast Pipeline


AltaGas Ltd. / Washington Gas Light Company

Work highlights

  • Advised on the regulatory aspects of Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada, a Canada-based company that transports petroleum products, and the US portion of the Cochin Pipeline from Kinder Morgan.
  • Advised on the regulatory aspects of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s strategic deconsolidation of Western Midstream Partners, LP.
  • Retained by Hilcorp Alaska, LLC to represent it in FERC litigation involving the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) Quality Bank.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland advises energy producers and utilities companies on regulatory issues relating to commercial supply and purchase transactions, and also represents clients in ratemaking proceedings and other transmission-related matters. Paul Forshay is a leading figure in the team; he represents energy companies in rate cases and also advises on commercial agreement for clients in the oil and gas and refined petroleum product companies. Also recommended is Susan Lafferty, whose expertise spans energy and environmental law. The duo are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Paul Forshay

Other key lawyers:

David McCullough; Jacob Dweck; Susan Lafferty; Catherine Krupka

Key clients

Calpine Energy Services

Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC)

Castleton Commodities

Symmetry Energy Services


Work highlights

  • Representing Calpine Energy Services in various natural gas rate cases and settlement negotiations with Columbia Gas Transmission and Transco, as well as in other ongoing regulatory compliance matters.
  • Advising Oglethorpe Power Corporation in a Transco FERC proceeding on proposed imbalance cash-out procedures.
  • Representing Castleton Commodities in potential natural gas regulatory issues posed by the acquisition of NorTex Midstream Partners, the owner and operator of midstream natural gas storage facilities.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP advises pipelines and other energy companies on regulatory matters arising from commercial energy transactions and infrastructure developments, and also acts in commercial and administrative disputes relating to environmental incidents and ratemaking procedures. Names to note include Myles Reynolds in the Dallas office and Shemin Proctor in Washington DC. Deidre Duncan and San Francisco-based Shannon Broome are recommended for environmental matters in this space.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Schroeder; Myles Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Shemin Proctor; Shannon Broome; Chuck Knauss; Deidre Duncan; Eric Murdock


‘My work with Myles Reynolds was extremely positive. He and his team are thoughtful, thorough, and are true professionals. Myles first chaired two rate cases and one other regulatory proceeding for our companies in front of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Through filing, discovery, motion practice, and full hearings, Myles and his team covered every aspect of the cases. Their collaboration with us as clients was seamless and superb.’

Key clients

Enbridge, Inc.

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC

Energy Transfer

NWP 12 Litigation Group

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Enbridge, Inc. as counsel in connection with the development and potential expansion of the Texas-to-Mexico Valley Crossing Pipeline.
  • Represented Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC as lead regulatory counsel in connection with the company’s first cost of service-based rate case before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
  • Obtained declaratory order from FERC for ETC Tiger Pipeline, LLC, an interstate natural gas pipeline owned by Energy Transfer LP, finding that it has concurrent jurisdiction with bankruptcy courts to review and address the disposition of Commission-jurisdictional natural gas transportation agreements sought to be rejected through bankruptcy.

Jones Day

Jones Day has an experienced team that handles a range of FERC-related matters including interstate oil and gas pipeline rate and tariff proceedings. Contacts include James Beh in Washington DC, and James Olson in the Houston office.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates handles regulatory permitting matters for the construction of new facilities and the expansion of existing operations, and also has experience in rate cases before FERC. Among the team's recent highlights, Sandra Safro acted for Entergy Services in relation to Texas Eastern Transmission's renewed rate case at the FERC. Also recommended is David Wochner, who co-heads the global policy and regulatory group. Safro divides time between Houston and Washington DC, while Wochner works solely from the DC office.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Safro

Other key lawyers:

David Wochner

Key clients

Rio Grande LNG, LLC

Magnolia LNG, LLC

Texas LNG Brownsville, LLC

Entergy Services, LLC

Andalusian Energy, LLC

Entergy Services, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Andalusion Energy, LLC on the process for apply for DOE authorization to export compressed natural gas to countries with which the US has a free trade agreement requiring the national treatment of natural gas.
  • Advising NextDecade on a wide range of regulatory matters related to the FERC, DOE, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and PHMSA applications for the siting of an LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas and the related 157-mile natural gas pipeline.
  • Continuing to represent Magnolia LNG in its proceedings before FERC and DOE related to an increase in export capacity at the previously approved facility because of engineering efficiencies, culminating in the successful issuance of the FERC order approving the production capacity increase in June 2020.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is best known in this space for handling the regulatory aspects of corporate energy transactions and bankruptcy-related matters. Names to note in Washington DC include Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman, who have played key roles in Chapter 11 cases on behalf of clients including Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Ultra Petroleum Corp, and Gulfport Energy Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Brooksany Barrowes; Robert Fleishman

Key clients

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Hilcorp Alaska

Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure Partners

CNX Resources Corp.

Ultra Petroleum Corp.

Whiting Petroleum Corp.


Freeport LNG

Oasis Petroleum Corp.

TPG Capital

Philadelphia Energy Solutions and PES Energy

Extraction Oil & Gas

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has experience in regulatory investigations, regulatory permitting and compliance pertaining to FERC and PHMSA regulations, among others. New York-based Lisa Tonery is the key contact in this space. Of recent note, Tonery handled a number of complex regulatory proceedings relating to the Freeport Liquefaction Project—the first authorized LNG export facility in Texas. Dahl Thompson  acts as the global leader of energy and infrastructure practice. Erik Swenson retired at the beginning of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Dahl Thompson; Lisa Tonery

Other key lawyers:

Erik Swenson

Key clients

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Midship Pipeline Company, LLC

Energy Investors Funds and Oregon Clean Energy, LLC

Freeport LNG Development, L.P.

Tellurian Inc. (developer of the Driftwood LNG project and Tellurian Pipeline Network)


Commonwealth LNG, LLC

Penn America Energy Holdings LLC

Southern Company Gas/Pivotal LNG, Inc.

EcoEléctrica, L.P.

Braskem S.A.

Enstor Gas, LLC

Marathon Oil

Work highlights

  • Represented Freeport LNG and its affiliates in proceedings before FERC, DOE/FE and other agencies to obtain authorization to construct and operate the Freeport Liquefaction Project.
  • Represented Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (Corpus Christi Liquefaction), a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc., in proceedings before FERC to obtain authorization to site, construct and operate facilities in the state of Texas to liquefy, and export as LNG, domestic natural gas supplies.
  • Represent Driftwood LNG LLC (Driftwood LNG), a subsidiary of Tellurian Inc. (Tellurian), in the development of an LNG production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, known as the Driftwood LNG facility.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP acts as regulatory counsel for a litany of energy and pipeline companies, which sees it advising on permitting and compliance matters, as well as representing participants in relation to ratemaking proceedings. Peggy Heeg and former FERC commissioner Colette Honorable are recommended in the team. Heeg is based in the Houston office, while Honorable leads some of the group's most high-profile work from the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Prajakt Samant; Stan Perry; Nicolle Bagnell

Other key lawyers:

Regina Speed-Bost; Debra Ann Palmer; Peggy Heeg; Colette Honorable

Troutman Pepper

Troutman Pepper handles compliance and permitting matters for a wide variety of natural gas facilities and commercial energy operations. In this regard, the team acts for a variety of regional and nationwide pipelines, shippers, transmission and storage companies. The key figures in the team are Catherine Little in the Atlanta office, and Daniel Archuleta in Washington DC. Lisanne Crowley retired in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Amie Colby; Catherine Little; Brandon Marzo

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Archuleta; Annie Cook


‘The best pipeline regulatory compliance practice in the US’

‘Their knowledge and background in the industry means I do not have to spend time educating them.’

‘The Troutman team assists with PHMSA matters–from unique compliance related questions to potential violations and enforcement. This is a technical practice area, and involves several regional offices of PHMSA. Consistency of enforcement and interpretation may not be consistent across all offices, but Troutman has good relationships with each and gives effective advice.’

‘Catherine Little and Annie Cook are excellent. I consider them to be experts in all matters PHMSA–they have great relationships with PHMSA and are highly respected at the agency. This adds credibility to our team, and most often leads to resolution of issues quickly. Both seem to make a technical area easy to understand, and they are great at explaining things in layman’s terms to our business clients. They are always very responsive, have lots of experience dealing with pipeline issues, and their advice is always very practical. ’

Venable LLP

At Venable LLP, Steven Adducci and Gregory Wagner have experience advising shippers and pipeline companies on a range of regulatory matters. The duo are based in Washington DC.