David H. Sweeney > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Corporate


David Sweeney’s experience spans the full natural resource value chain, from exploration, production, processing and infrastructure, to monetization. He has advised on energy transactions with an aggregate value of over $70 billion and numerous operational matters in over 30 countries.  In addition to a partner at Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld, he has served as Vice President, Legal and General Counsel of an independent energy company and Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a business unit of a major, integrated energy company. Mr. Sweeney is the author of a comprehensive book on world-wide joint operating agreements and another on worldwide farmout and participation transactions, as well as numerous book chapters and articles. His speaking engagements include programs for the International Senior Lawyers’ Project, the African Development Bank, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and various U.S. Embassies, as well as the Universities of Texas, Houston, Oklahoma, Tulsa, and LSU and commercial CLE providers.  He has served on the executive committee of the Institute for Energy Law and has held various leadership roles both in that organization as well as the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

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J.D., University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 2005
Bachelor of Arts in History, Yale University, cum laude, 2002

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas

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David H. Sweeney – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s oil-and-gas transactional practice is led by the experienced John Goodgame, who is well regarded for strategic and capital-raising transactions in the energy sector. The firm’s broad engagement in the area includes matters involving oil and gas, petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas, coal, utilities, renewables and energy transition matters on behalf of public and private companies, sponsors, portfolio companies and management teams and investors from upstream to down. A key name in the team is David H. Sweeney, whose expertise ranges from exploration, production and processing to infrastructure and monetization; both he and Goodgame are based in Houston.