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Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

Daniel Poynor, noted for his experience in representing pipelines before FERC and appellate courts, is the head of the nine-partner Washington DC-based oil and gas pipeline focused group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which is ‘easy to work with‘. The department has well-known clients such as Colonial Pipeline Company and Sunoco Pipeline, and does a significant amount of work for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines. Recent highlights include negotiating and finalizing a high-profile $162m settlement between Enbridge and the government arising from releases of crude oil from the client’s pipelines in Michigan and Illinois in 2010; the ‘seasoned and pragmatic‘ David Coburn led on this matter. In a matter spanning seven years and ending successfully in 2018, Poynor assisted Seaway Crude Pipeline Company with obtaining a FERC approval to switch to charging market-based rates; key contacts Steven Brose and Steven Reed were also involved in this work. Besides this, the firm is known for its success in cost-of-service rate proceedings. Cynthia Taub is ‘very knowledgeable‘.

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

Praised by a client for its ‘exceptional depth of experience‘, Steptoe & Johnson LLP‘s DC-based oil and gas pipeline department is led by FERC and appellate court specialist Daniel Poynor. The ‘seasoned‘ team is ‘full of strategic thinkers‘ who specialize in representing companies in cost-of-service and market-based rate proceedings. Recent highlights include Poynor and Steven Reed leading a team that negotiated and obtained regulatory approvals for a settlement pertaining to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System on behalf of ConocoPhillips; the settlement brought to an end over a decade of rate litigation at FERC, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and various state and federal courts. Elsewhere, Douglas Green and others successfully acted for Eversource in a class action antitrust and consumer fraud complaint initiated by retail electric consumers in New England; the plaintiffs alleged that the client, along with Avangrid, purposely withheld gas transportation capacity on the Algonquin gas pipeline in order to benefit from the resultant increased prices of rival electric generators. Enbridge and Colonial Pipeline Company are some other impressive names which feature on the firm’s client list. Steven Brose is also highly recommended.