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Bracewell LLP’s ‘top-notch’ practice combines litigation, enforcement, environmental and transactional expertise to assist clients with a wide range of regulatory issues, such as project development work or Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rate and tariff matters. Kevin Ewing, the ‘razor-sharpKirk Morgan and Washington DC office managing partner Mark Lewis served as project counsel to a joint venture of two large natural gas pipeline companies, constructing an approximately $2bn cross-border natural gas pipeline system, which will transport Appalachian shale gas to markets in the Midwest. The role included assisting with interconnection agreements, leases and capacity arrangements with other pipelines, as well as the FERC pre-filing process. Lewis also advised Pilgrim Pipeline on shipper contracting work and FERC regulatory matters pertaining to the development of two parallel oil pipelines. Michael Brooks and David Perlman are representing a number of natural oil and gas trading clients in FERC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) matters, including internal reviews and self-reports. Kirstin Gibbs moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

With a focus on midstream work, the ‘excellent’ team at Van Ness Feldman LLP represents numerous oil pipeline companies in FERC matters such as rate cases, investigations, tariff and transactional issues while also having substantial experience in pipeline safety issues. Mona Tandon, Emily Pitlick Mallen and of counsel Shippen Howe have been advising Monarch Oil Pipeline on rate, tariff, and transactional matters, including the filing of new FERC tariffs for committed and uncommitted service in order to give the company a mechanism to recover its $56m investment in crude oil pipeline infrastructure. Brian O’Neill and ‘strong negotiatorPaul Korman represented Kinder Morgan - Tennessee Gas Pipeline before FERC in multiple natural gas pipeline expansion projects, including proposed projects to move natural gas across southwest Louisiana, New England and Pennsylvania. Michael Farber, who focuses on enforcement and litigation, joined from the Department of the Interior.

Vinson & Elkins LLP has carved out a strong practice representing companies in the natural gas industry but also handles regulatory oil work. The ‘very well informed’ team, co-headed by ‘very good’ Washington DC partner David Andril and Dallas-based Matthew Henry, is experienced in tariff, certificate, abandonment and presidential permit applications, rate cases, gas quality proceedings and compliance issues. James Olson represented the independent exploration and production company Antero Resources in a FERC rate case, opposing ANR Pipeline’s filing to double its service rates. Olson also acted for Sunoco - a large gasoline distributor - in a proceeding initiated by Colonial Pipeline to modify its FERC tariff. John Decker advised Fortress Investment on the development of multiple small-scale LNG export projects, which necessitated DOE export authorization, EPC contract negotiations, and purchase and sale agreements for natural gas and LNG. James Seegers is an established name in the market.

Praised for its ‘business acumen’, Hogan Lovells US LLP is best known for assisting oil pipeline companies with rate cases, LNG export projects, permitting and contentious FERC work. The team advised Dominion Resources on a wide range of gas regulatory matters, including all customer contracting issues pertaining to the Dominion Cove Point LNG export project, obtaining final approvals from FERC, the DOE and the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) and the handling of ongoing appeals with respect to these approvals. Christopher Schindler represented Central Valley Gas Storage - a subsidiary of AGL Resources - in regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and acted for AGL in PG&E’s general rate case, in which PG&E proposed to raise its gas transmission and storage rates. Other clients include UGI Sunbury, G2 LNG and Delfin LNG. Stefan Krantz heads the energy regulatory practice. Joel Patrick Nevins moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

Providing ‘very good service’, King & Spalding LLP is particularly active in the gas regulatory space, dealing with FERC permitting matters, tariff issues and gas pipeline rate cases, while also handling an increasing amount of pipeline and hazardous material transportation safety work. Key contact James Bowe assisted Eagle LNG Partners with obtaining regulatory approvals from FERC and the DOE for the siting, construction and operation of two LNG production facilities and an export terminal to be located in Jacksonville, Florida, and with obtaining authorization to export LNG from each of the facilities. Neil Levy, who ‘always considers the bigger picture when making decisions’ and is ‘easy to work with’, served as outside counsel to Destin Pipeline, handling FERC regulatory and transactional matters.

Top choiceMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides FERC, CFTC and DOE regulatory and litigation advice to oil and gas companies and other market participants. The team is particularly experienced in regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement matters, certification and approval work for new oil and natural gas facilities. Representing shippers in oil and gas interstate pipeline rate cases and transactional matters pertaining to natural gas and LNG exports and imports are also key elements. Kirstin Gibbs, who joined the Washington DC office from Bracewell LLP, assisted Statoil Natural Gas with FERC natural gas regulatory compliance, enforcement and investigation matters and the negotiation of rate agreements. She also represented the client in interstate pipeline rate cases and tariff-filing proceedings. Litigator Fred Fielding defended Parnon Energy and Arcadia Petroleum against allegations of oil price manipulation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Los Angeles-based Ingrid Myers joined the energy practice, headed by Kathryn Sutton, having previously been a member of the firm’s corporate, business and transactions practice. Levi McAllister was promoted to the partnership.

With a focus on midstream work, Sidley Austin LLP acts for a variety of oil and gas producers and pipeline companies, financial institutions, gas marketers and industry trade associations. The team frequently deals with regulatory issues before the Illinois Commerce Commission and represents its clients in litigation before federal and appellate courts. Chicago-based Gerald Ambrose assisted Enbridge Energy with the development of major pipeline projects, including certification, expansion and condemnation applications. Lorrie Marcil advised Magellan Pipeline on a wide range of regulatory matters pertaining to new pipeline projects and expansion plans. As another highlight, the team represented Point Thomson Export Pipeline - a new Alaska pipeline jointly owned by affiliates of ExxonMobil and BP - in rate proceedings before FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. William Williams and energy practice co-head Kenneth Irvin are recommended. Eugene Elrod recently moved to Latham & Watkins LLP.

Contentious regulatory oil pipeline work constitutes a key element of Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s practice, which frequently represents its clients before FERC and in appellate litigation, handling a large number of investigations and rate cases. Pipeline group head Steven Reed represented ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska in an appeal brought by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) on interstate rate increases. In 2016, David Coburn won a victory for Enbridge Energy Partners in the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit where the appellant - Sierra Club - argued that the US Forest Service had failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with respect to the agency’s renewal of a special use permit that authorizes Enbridge’s Line 5 crude oil pipeline to cross the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Regulatory and industry affairs department head Steven Brose is highly recommended.

With a focus on Texas, Baker Botts L.L.P. represents clients across the oil and gas industry, including natural gas pipelines and shippers in contentious and non-contentious FERC, DOE and Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) proceedings such as regulatory filings and rate cases. Houston-based James Barkley and Kevin Jacobs represented West Texas LPG Pipeline in a complaint proceeding at the TRRC, in which several shippers, including Enbridge and ConocoPhillips, alleged that West Texas LPG Pipeline’s 2015 rate increases were illegal. Steven Miles assisted Flint Hills Resources - an independent refining and chemicals company - with obtaining authorization from the DOE to export LNG from the Stabilis LNG Plant on George West, Texas. Other clients include Westlake Ethylene Pipeline Corporation, Murphy Exploration & Production - USA and BP West Coast Products. Senior counsel Thomas Eastment heads the energy regulatory practice from Washington DC.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP focuses on litigation, CFTC and FERC compliance work, energy commodity trading and enforcement defense. The team frequently represents commercial energy market participants, commodities merchants and trading companies, banks, commercial companies, brokerage firms and hedge funds in the latter and also deals with DOE and FERC export authorization proceedings. The highly recommended Mark Haskell is a key contact.

Known for its strong FERC practice, Covington & Burling LLP frequently deals with regulatory approval work alongside enforcement and compliance matters. Senior counsel and energy practice head William Massey advised AZ Ocala Ranch - a large Marion County (Florida) landowner - on a FERC application brought by Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline, which pertains to the construction of a natural gas pipeline through the landowner’s property. The team successfully filed an intervention objecting to the proposed route. Similarly, the practice represented Conrail in intervening and filing comments at FERC in response to two pipeline companies awaiting FERC approval for the construction of pipelines that would run under Conrail’s railroad tracks. James Dean is another key contact.

Natural gas regulatory work is the key element of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s practice, which represents its clients in rate cases, tariff and regulatory approval proceedings, while also handling compliance and cost recovery matters. In one highlight matter, the team advised the State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on all aspects of the FERC Section 3 licensing process for the Alaska LNG project, consisting of an LNG export terminal, a natural gas treatment plant and an 800-mile natural gas pipeline, connecting the gas treatment plant on the Alaska North Slope to the LNG terminal. This included an analysis of FERC jurisdiction issues, a review of resource reports and assistance with other environmental aspects. Howard Nelson, of counsel Patrick Pope and co-chair of the global energy and infrastructure practice Kenneth Minesinger represented El Paso Natural Gas in a rate case before FERC. William Sultemeier moved to Jones Day before taking an in-house role at OGE Energy. Since publication, Houston-based Douglas Atnipp has moved to Winston & Strawn LLP.

Regulatory gas work is a sweet spot of the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, which is well versed in representing its clients in rate cases, while also advising them on investigations as well as certificate matters and general regulatory issues. The firm represented ANR Storage and Portland Natural Gas Transmission (PNGTS) in rate cases, and also assisted Great Lakes Gas Transmission with contract negotiations and certificate and abandonment proceedings. Energy Transfer Partners and Statoil are also clients. Since publication, and following the merger in April 2018, former practice head Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have moved to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has carved out a strong natural gas and LNG regulatory practice, representing its clients in authorization proceedings for the construction and operation of LNG export terminals and for the export of LNG. The team is also experienced in FERC enforcement and investigations, as well as compliance work. New York partner Lisa Tonery recently assisted Cheniere Energy with obtaining authorization from the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy to export domestic natural gas as LNG. As another highlight, Erik Swenson acted for the energy infrastructure development company Pieridae Energy in obtaining DOE authorization to export natural gas to Canada for conversion into LNG. Houston-based head of energy transactions John Mauel is a key contact. Since publication, Michael Yuffee has joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

Known for its strong contentious and non-contentious oil pipeline regulatory practice, Houston-based firm Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC represented Belle Fourche Pipeline and Bridger Pipeline in tariff proceedings before FERC. Amy Hoff and managing partner Charles Caldwell defended Buckeye Pipe Line (BPL) against complaints brought by five major airlines to FERC, challenging BPL’s rates for the interstate transportation of jet fuel and seeking damages and rate reductions. Michelle Boudreaux assisted Oryx Southern Delaware Oil Gathering and Transport with regulatory matters pertaining to the development of a greenfield gathering and transportation pipeline system that would transport crude petroleum from receipt points in the Southern Delaware Basin to Crane and Midland, both in Texas.

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s practice centers around regulatory pipeline, crude oil export and compliance work, but also deals with investigations and FERC rate cases. Daniel Frank and Paul Forshay, who co-head the team with Jacob Dweck, advised Reedy Creek Improvement District - the immediate governing jurisdiction for the land of the Walt Disney World Resort - on a Florida-based gas transmission FERC rate case. Forshay and Benjamin Clark assisted United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) with several regulatory matters, including a range of FERC rate cases alongside advice on the Natural Gas Act Section 5 investigation and on compliance issues. The independent energy consulting firm Energy Strategies is another client. Since publication, Kenneth Wiseman and Mark Sundback have joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Focused on real business issues’, Jones Dayprovides prompt answers’ and is well equipped to guide its clients through the regulatory framework, advising on FERC compliance, rate and tariff matters, while also handling FERC approval and contentious work. James Beh represented TECO Energy in a Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case before the FERC brought by Florida Gas Transmission (FTG), following the proposal of the latter to increase its rates and implement several changes to the terms and conditions of its services. Washington DC-based Kevin McIntyre, who co-heads the energy practice with Houston-based Jeffrey Schlegel, assisted EDF Energy Services with seeking authorization from the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to serve as a competitive supplier of retail natural gas service. William Sultemeier, previously at Greenberg Traurig LLP, left to work in-house.

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘very good’ at advising shippers, corporates and financial energy sector participants on FERC approvals, often in connection with M&A and finance transactions, and at providing representation in FERC litigation. The recommended Kenneth Simon assisted Dos Águilas with the application of a presidential permit at the DOE, and with FERC tariff filings. Simon also assisted Howard Energy Partners variously with obtaining a presidential permit, a Natural Gas Act Section 3 authorization and construction orders for a 190-mile pipeline system to be constructed and operated nationally and in Mexico. Natasha Gianvecchio acted for Fermaca in obtaining a natural gas import and export authorization from the DOE for the new Fermaca natural gas marketing subsidiary Santa Fe Gas and assisted with regulatory compliance matters. David Schwartz heads the energy regulatory and markets practice, which includes recent arrivals Joel Patrick Nevins from Hogan Lovells US LLP and Eugene Elrod from Sidley Austin LLP.

The team at Morrison & Foerster LLP is particularly well versed in representing its clients in enforcement and contentious regulatory matters alongside investigations, while FERC and CFTC compliance work are other key elements of the practice. Senior of counsel and key contact Robert Fleishman represented Seven Generations Energy in natural gas pipeline proceedings at FERC and advised the client on FERC and CFTC compliance and enforcement matters. Other clients include the State of Alaska and National Energy & Trade. Senior counsel Robert Loeffler is another key contact.

White & Case LLP’s oil and gas practice frequently provides regulatory and compliance advice in support of the firm’s corporate, development and finance work. The team is particularly active in the gas sector, and represents clients, including natural gas utilities, in FERC rate cases. Oil and gas exploration and production companies are also among the clients. Washington DC-based Daniel Hagan heads the energy markets and regulatory practice, while Christian Hansen heads the energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance practice from Miami.

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