EnergyBuzz

Matthew Pearson, a partner in San Antonio's Gravely & Pearson

Unsigned Contract Leads to $18.8 Million Verdict

By John Council |

After a new jury panel is called a litigant earns a big win in a energy trade secrets trial.

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Energy Buzz: P3's as the Future for U.S. Infrastructure Investment

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill |

As the Texas population has grown, and especially with the current energy industry boom, funding has failed to keep pace with the public need for basic infrastructure.

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P3's as the Future for U.S. Infrastructure Investment

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill |

As the Texas population has grown, and especially with the current energy industry boom, funding has failed to keep pace with the public need for basic infrastructure.

Matthew Pearson, a partner in San Antonio's Gravely & Pearson

Unsigned Contract Leads to $18.8 Million Verdict

By John Council |

After a new jury panel is called a litigant earns a big win in a energy trade secrets trial.

David Lynch, partner in Houston's Coats Rose

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Texas Law Applies to $1.5 Million Insurance Dispute

By John Council |

Ruling means insured may get a chance to make its insurance company pay for a punitive damage award.

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EnergyBuzz: Observations on Recent Royalty Litigation in Energy

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

Countless variations of "cost-free" and "no deducts" royalty provisions have been included in leases, though questions linger about what language truly yields "cost-free" royalty.

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Texas' Economic Growth and the Changed Legal Landscape

By Katherine Sunstrom |

As the rest of the nation has dealt with an economic downturn over the last several years, Texas has skirted by relatively untouched, prompting growth in the population and economy. The influx of people and capital, however, brings its share of change to the legal community.

Ex-Client Sues, Alleges Conflict of Interest Against Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A former client of Thompson & Knight files a $1 million lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it had a conflict of interest when representing him and a third party in an acquisition.

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Observations on Recent Royalty Litigation in Energy

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

Countless variations of "cost-free" and "no deducts" royalty provisions have been included in leases, though questions linger about what language truly yields "cost-free" royalty.

Texas

Texas' Economic Growth and the Changed Legal Landscape

By Katherine Sunstrom |

As the rest of the nation has dealt with an economic downturn over the last several years, Texas has skirted by relatively untouched, prompting growth in the population and economy. The influx of people and capital, however, brings its share of change to the legal community.

Ex-Client Sues, Alleges Conflict of Interest Against Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A former client of Thompson & Knight files a $1 million lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it had a conflict of interest when representing him and a third party in an acquisition.

Litigator of the Week: Shrinking Damages But Big Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

"It took three years to get to trial. We had eight different docket calls and two continuances," Steven Vangel said about the breach-of-contract case, for which his client won $148,000 in attorney fees on $108,000 in damages.

EnergyBuzz: Differing Results in Recent Nuisance Cases Against Oil and Gas Operators

By Michael J. Mazzone and Mike Stewart |

While headlines often mention "fracking," these disputes actually are over other aspects of oil and gas development, including bright lights, loud noises, and odors from drilling, production, or transportation, rather than the fracking process itself.

A ship floats amongst a sea of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

BP Alleges Claims Administrator Has Disqualifying Conflict

By Miriam Rozen |

"As a matter of law, it was his obligation to get a written waiver for this conflict. He neither sought nor received one," wrote Geoff Morrell, a senior VP for BP's U.S.-based subsidiary, in an emailed statement.

Business people shaking hands in the office, finishing a meeting

Deal of the Week: $860 Million Pending Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Trafigura AG of Houston announces an agreement to sell 80 percent of its interest in entity holding South Texas midstream assets to Buckeye Partners for $860 million.

Judge Assigns Lion's Share of Responsibility to BP

By Miriam Rozen |

Trends distinguishing the defendants' positions became clear: BP faces a longer slog; Halliburton and Transocean might face shorter ones.

Differing Results in Recent Nuisance Cases Against Oil and Gas Operators

By Michael J. Mazzone and Mike Stewart |

While headlines often mention "fracking," these disputes actually are over other aspects of oil and gas development, including bright lights, loud noises, and odors from drilling, production, or transportation, rather than the fracking process itself.

Judge Assigns BP Lion's Share of Liability in Oil Spill

By Miriam Rozen |

In his ruling, federal Judge Carl Barbier wrote: "The court finds that the conduct of BP's employees was egregious enough that exemplary or punitive damages would be appropriate. However, in light of Fifth Circuit precedent, the court concludes that BP is not liable for punitive damages."

A ship floats amongst a sea of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

BP Alleges Claims Administrator Has Disqualifying Conflict

By Miriam Rozen |

"As a matter of law, it was his obligation to get a written waiver for this conflict. He neither sought nor received one," wrote Geoff Morrell, a senior VP for BP's U.S.-based subsidiary, in an emailed statement.

Halliburton Agrees to $1.1 Billion Payout in BP Oil Spill MDL

By Miriam Rozen |

"From the beginning, BP has acknowledged its role in the accident, worked to meet its commitments in the Gulf, and called on Halliburton and others to do the same. This settlement marks the very first time—despite three years of official investigations and litigation implicating the company—that Halliburton has acknowledged that it played a role in the accident," wrote Geoff Morrell, a senior VP for BP's U.S.-based subsidiary in an email.

Macy Reasoner Stokes, a partner in Baker Botts in Houston

Winning Women: Macey Reasoner Stokes

By John Council |

"She had stellar academics: summa cum laude at Yale," former Chief Justice Tom Phillips said about his former law clerk, Macey Reasoner Stokes.

Erica Harris, a partner in Susman Godfrey in Houston

Winning Women: Erica Harris

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Susman Godfrey partner Erica Harris won a trademark infringement suit involving the color yellow.

Deal of the Week: Partnership Starts with $450 Million Initial Investment

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Quantum Energy Partners of Houston and Tug Hill of Fort Worth form a partnership and use Texas firms for the work.

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EnergyBuzz: Bidding on Pemex Joint Ventures

By Scott D. Marrs and James E. Rogers |

Successfully navigating this new landscape will require a firm understanding of the nuances of this legal framework and its associated bidding system.

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EnergyBuzz: Bidding on Pemex Joint Ventures

By Scott D. Marrs and James E. Rogers |

Successfully navigating this new landscape will require a firm understanding of the nuances of this legal framework and its associated bidding system.

Deal of the Week: $850 Million Cash Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

On Aug. 18, Cameron announced a definitive agreement to sell the division to Ingersoll-Rand for $850 million, subject to closing adjustments.

Deal of the Week: Steel Deal for $600M Cash

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

K&L Gates represented Trinity Industries of Dallas in its purchase of assets of Meyer Steel Structure of Memphis in a $600 million cash deal.

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EnergyBuzz: Mexico's Energy Reform to Tackle Declining Production

By Natalie Regoli and Brian Polley |

The decline is commonly attributed to insufficient operational capabilities and capital of the state-owned oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) which prevents it from producing from the country's deepwater and shale resources.

Deal of the Week: Steel Deal for $600M Cash

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

K&L Gates represented Trinity Industries of Dallas in its purchase of assets of Meyer Steel Structure of Memphis in a $600 million cash deal.

Deal of the Week: $850 Million Cash Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

On Aug. 18, Cameron announced a definitive agreement to sell the division to Ingersoll-Rand for $850 million, subject to closing adjustments.

Energy/Electricity Lawyers Leave Andrews Kurth for Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The group's clients include Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, the Texas Association of Manufacturers and Sam Houston Race Park.

BP Oil Spill Litigation: How Much Has BP Paid Plaintiffs Lawyers So Far?

By Miriam Rozen |

The BP oil spill litigation remains far from resolved and final, and the same remains true of the plaintiffs' lawyers' fees, despite earlier expectations for a $600 million payday.

 Mikal Watts of Watts Guerra Craft in San Antonio

No Wrap-Up Yet on Federal Criminal Probe of Mikal Watts

By Miriam Rozen |

"Mikal is a good lawyer, and people know he is a good lawyer. While the investigation is unfortunate, he continues to carry out his duties to his clients," Robert McDuff, a solo criminal defense lawyer who represents Mikal Watts, wrote in his email.

Bracewell, Weil on $70 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A massive energy deal sizzles during the dog days of summer.

Deal of the Week: $825 Million Cash Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Strasburger & Price partner Garney Griggs of Houston led his firm's team representing longtime client Warren Equipment Co.

BP Oil Spill Litigation: How Much Has BP Paid Plaintiffs Lawyers So Far?

By Miriam Rozen |

The BP oil spill litigation remains far from resolved and final, and the same remains true of the plaintiffs' lawyers' fees, despite earlier expectations for a $600 million payday.

Energy/Electricity Lawyers Leave Andrews Kurth for Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The group's clients include Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, the Texas Association of Manufacturers and Sam Houston Race Park.

 Mikal Watts of Watts Guerra Craft in San Antonio

No Wrap-Up Yet on Federal Criminal Probe of Mikal Watts

By Miriam Rozen |

"Mikal is a good lawyer, and people know he is a good lawyer. While the investigation is unfortunate, he continues to carry out his duties to his clients," Robert McDuff, a solo criminal defense lawyer who represents Mikal Watts, wrote in his email.

Bracewell, Weil on $70 Billion Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A massive energy deal sizzles during the dog days of summer.

Deal of the Week: Lawyer Flies Solo in $278 Million Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

It's not his first time being the only attorney on a deal on behalf of his client.

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EnergyBuzz: Akin Gump Partner Leads Two Half-Billion Dollar Energy Deals in Three Weeks

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Looking back, it was a lot of fun. I love what I do, and I love negotiation with reasonable business people and lawyers, and it was fun," said Michael Byrd, partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Houston.

Kenedy Ranch Rights Earned in 1960s as Fee Now at Stake in Lawyer's Family Feud

By Angela Morris |

"The underlying case has to do with a partnership. There are a lot of parties. Who owns what in that partnership is the underlying case," said Alberto Alarcon, who represents a centenarian lawyer, his wife and a partnership.

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

EnergyBuzz: Akin Gump Partner Leads Two Half-Billion Dollar Energy Deals in Three Weeks

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Looking back, it was a lot of fun. I love what I do, and I love negotiation with reasonable business people and lawyers, and it was fun," said Michael Byrd, partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Houston.

Kenedy Ranch Rights Earned in 1960s as Fee Now at Stake in Lawyer's Family Feud

By Angela Morris |

"The underlying case has to do with a partnership. There are a lot of parties. Who owns what in that partnership is the underlying case," said Alberto Alarcon, who represents a centenarian lawyer, his wife and a partnership.

Lawyer Flies Solo in $278 Million Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

It's not his first time being the only attorney on a deal on behalf of his client.

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Rule-Making Petition Against TCEQ Halted

By Miriam Rozen |

The appeals court ruling concluded that if no explicitly stated right exists under applicable Texas laws for individuals to seek judicial review of a state agency's denial of a rule-making petition, then no such request trumps the state agency's presumed qualified immunity in those situations.

Businessman looking over city with words

EnergyBuzz: $3 Billion Energy Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents QR Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which turned to Latham & Watkins for the $3 billion deal.

BP in Texas MDL: Ohio Isn't Home

By Miriam Rozen |

"BP is not incorporated in Ohio, nor is its principal place of business there. Moreover, plaintiffs' allegations about a few supposed business activities in Ohio do not come close to making this an 'exceptional case' in which BP could be said to be 'at home' in Ohio," argues BP in its memorandum.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Texas Fracking Lawyers Watch National Developments

By Miriam Rozen |

Tom Phillips said his clients or others who object to fracking bans will probably follow a two-pronged legal strategy.

John K. Schwartz, of counsel, Locke Lord, Austin

Litigator of the Week: John Schwartz

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's about just a little bit of money on a kilowatt-by-hour basis, but a whole lot of money when you add it all up," said Schwartz, who is of counsel in the Austin office of Locke Lord.

Pipeline Dispute Ends in Gusher of a Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Beyond just the high dollar award, the case is generating interest because it raises the question of whether a company can participate in a preliminary discussion of a joint venture of any sort and still avoid partnership obligations under Texas law.

Deal of the Week: $715 Million E&P Deal for East Texas Acreage

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jackson Walker and DLA Piper get East Texas deal done.

Deal of the Week: $715 Million E&P Deal for East Texas Acreage

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jackson Walker and DLA Piper get East Texas deal done.

Pipeline Dispute Ends in Gusher of a Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Beyond just the high dollar award, the case is generating interest because it raises the question of whether a company can participate in a preliminary discussion of a joint venture of any sort and still avoid partnership obligations under Texas law.

John K. Schwartz, of counsel, Locke Lord, Austin

Litigator of the Week: John Schwartz

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's about just a little bit of money on a kilowatt-by-hour basis, but a whole lot of money when you add it all up," said Schwartz, who is of counsel in the Austin office of Locke Lord.

BP in Texas MDL: Ohio Isn't Home

By Miriam Rozen |

"BP is not incorporated in Ohio, nor is its principal place of business there. Moreover, plaintiffs' allegations about a few supposed business activities in Ohio do not come close to making this an 'exceptional case' in which BP could be said to be 'at home' in Ohio," argues BP in its memorandum.

Fernando Cano-Lasa, of counsel, Squire Patton Boggs, Houston

Squire Patton Boggs nabs former oil and gas in-house counsel

By Miriam Rozen |

Cano-Lasa also recognized that as a Pemex-trained lawyer, he had skills that would help newcomers understand "the legal implications" of the business opportunities in Mexico.

Businessman looking over city with words

EnergyBuzz: $3 Billion Energy Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents QR Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which turned to Latham & Watkins for the $3 billion deal.

Will Plaintiffs Pursue Class Actions to Fight Fracking?

By Miriam Rozen |

More than 500 people turned up at Denton City Hall about a citizen-led petition—signed by 1,900 voters—to ban fracking.

Locke Lord partner David Patton

New Chair for the State Bar's Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section: Membership at All-Time High

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Patton said of his major goals for his one-year term as chairman is to launch an oil and gas seminar that will feature women panelists both to recognize successful women lawyers in oil and gas law and to encourage more women to choose the area.

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EnergyBuzz: Key Questions Need Answers in DOE Shake Up of LNG Permit Process

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley and John McGregor |

DOE's proposal is an unexpected departure from a regulatory posture thought to have been settled.

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

With a Possible $500 Million 'ETP' Judgment Looming, Appellate Teams Gear Up

By Miriam Rozen |

"I would think it's going to be an expensive appeal, because there are many, many legal issues for both sides," said Jeff Levinger, a solo in Dallas, who represented Enbridge Inc.

Will Plaintiffs Pursue Class Actions to Fight Fracking?

By Miriam Rozen |

More than 500 people turned up at Denton City Hall about a citizen-led petition—signed by 1,900 voters—to ban fracking.

David Gerger, managing partner of the new Houston office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Hires White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer David Gerger to Run New Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gerger said he and the other lawyers from Gerger & Clarke will have access to and support from an "incredible group of lawyers" at Quinn Enamuel.

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Determining Damages in Nuisance Claims

By Jonathan B. Shoebotham |

These nuisance cases expressly distinguish between a recovery for "discomfort and loss of enjoyment" as contrasted to damages for personal injuries or disease.

Deal of the Week: $1 Billion Energy Joint Venture

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Tribe Loses Suit to Keep Oil and Gas Drilling Off 'Aboriginal' Land

By John Council |

The tribe did not seek monetary relief but sued to force the government to protect the tribal land from drilling.

EnergyBuzz: Spin-Off of Houston Energy Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Related to the spinoff, Paragon executed debt financing of about $1.73 billion, and entered into an $800 million revolving credit facility.

Locke Lord partner David Patton

New Chair for the State Bar's Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section: Membership at All-Time High

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Patton said one of his major goals for his one-year term as chairman is to launch an oil and gas seminar that will feature women panelists both to recognize successful women lawyers in oil and gas law and to encourage more women to choose the area.

EnergyBuzz: Spin-Off of Houston Energy Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Related to the spinoff, Paragon executed debt financing of about $1.73 billion, and entered into an $800 million revolving credit facility.

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Determining Damages in Nuisance Claims

By Jonathan B. Shoebotham |

These nuisance cases expressly distinguish between a recovery for "discomfort and loss of enjoyment" as contrasted to damages for personal injuries or disease.

Deal of the Week: $1 Billion Energy Joint Venture

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Andrews Kurth represents NRG Energy Inc. in a $1 billion joint venture with JS Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. to build the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture and sequestration operation in Fort Bend County.

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Cowtown lawyer Darrell Keith saddles up for downtown move

By John Council |

"We no longer needed the large offices we needed in 1996," said Keith. "And the Landmen Association came along and made us an offer we couldn't refuse for the entire building."

David Gerger, managing partner of the new Houston office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Hires White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer David Gerger to Run New Houston Office

Gerger said he and the other lawyers from Gerger & Clarke will have access to and support from an "incredible group of lawyers" at Quinn Emanuel.

Tribe Loses Suit to Keep Oil and Gas Drilling Off 'Aboriginal' Land

By John Council |

The tribe did not seek monetary relief but sued to force the government to protect the tribal land from drilling.

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EnergyBuzz: 4 Title Protections in Upstream Oil & Gas Acquisitions

By Omar Samji and Alexandra Wilde |

When clients acquire or sell upstream oil and gas properties, both clients and their lawyers should pay close attention to the real property title protections in the underlying purchase and sale agreement (PSA) and in related conveyancing documents.

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4 Title Protections in Upstream Oil & Gas Acquisitions

By Omar Samji and Alexandra Wilde |

When clients acquire or sell upstream oil and gas properties, both clients and their lawyers should pay close attention to the real property title protections in the underlying purchase and sale agreement (PSA) and in related conveyancing documents.

Michael V. Powell, a Locke Lord partner in Dallas and the new chairman of the firm’s energy litigation practice

Locke Lord Names New Head of Energy Litigation

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"He probably knows more energy law than anybody in the state of Texas, and he's made a lot of that law himself," said Locke Lord chairwoman Jerry Clements.

James D. Braddock, counsel, Haynes and Boone, Austin

Power Players: Texas Energy Attorneys Prepare to Advise Clients on Obama Administration's Climate-Change Proposals

By Miriam Rozen |

"They are swinging for the fences for something that would radically change the way our distribution of electricity works," said Bracewell & Giuliani Austin partner Tim Wilkins.

Jeff Civins, a partner in the Austin office of Haynes and Boone

Science-Teacher-Turned-Lawyer Ponders Carbon Capture

By Miriam Rozen |

"Texas is remarkable," Haynes and Boone partner Jeff Civins said, noting that the state is a laboratory for possibilities of alternative fuel options, carbon capturing technologies and energy conservation solutions.

Value for Valero

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld advised the conflicts committee of Valero Energy Partners in its pending acquisition of energy assets from Valero Energy Corp. for $154 million in cash. San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. turned to Baker Botts.

Vinson & Elkins Rolls Up Sleeves on $2.86 Billion Merger of Oil Field Services Businesses

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

On June 25, C&J announced a definitive agreement for the merger of the oil field services businesses.

Producing Electricity and Pondering Climate-Change Proposals

"Expect a ramp-up of gas production," said Bracewell & Giuliani Austin partner Tim Wilkins, who heads a firmwide environmental and natural resources practice group.

Deal of the Week: Value for Valero

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld advised the conflicts committee of Valero Energy Partners in its pending acquisition of energy assets from Valero Energy Corp. for $154 million in cash. San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. turned to Baker Botts.

Locke Lord Names New Head of Energy Litigation

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"He probably knows more energy law than anybody in the state of Texas, and he's made a lot of that law himself," said Locke Lord chairwoman Jerry Clements.

Loulan Pitre Jr., managing partner of New Orleans office of Kelly Hart & Hallman

Fort Worth to NOLA: Kelly Hart Expands

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dee Kelly Jr., managing partner of Fort Worth-based Kelly Hart & Hallman, said the deal came together within the last month.

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Preparing for the EPA's Clean Power Plan

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Katie Dugat |

Assuming the final rules resemble the EPA's proposed rules after anticipated legal challenges, the plan will cause dramatic shifts in the energy industry and hasten the existing trend toward choosing natural gas as the feedstock for power plants.

Locking Down the Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Locke Lord represented National Oilwell Varco in the spinoff of its energy and industrial distribution business into a new company called NOW.

Loulan Pitre Jr., managing partner of New Orleans office of Kelly Hart & Hallman

Fort Worth to NOLA: Kelly Hart Expands

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dee Kelly Jr., managing partner of Fort Worth-based Kelly Hart & Hallman, said the deal came together within the last month.

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Bitcoin Draws Fire From State Securities Board

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's really been blown way out of proportion, but it's just kicked us right where it hurts," said Balanced Energy president Kirk Johnson, who's scheduled to appear at a June 26 hearing of the Texas State Securities Board's Enforcement Division.

Greenberg Traurig Nabs Locke Lord's Energy Litigation Chief

By Miriam Rozen |

Two grown-up baby lawyers who now run the region for Greenberg Traurig are bringing one of their first bosses on board.

$2.5 Billion Deal for Permian Basin Energy Assets

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Porter Hedges is one of three firms representing an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP in its pending $2.5 billion purchase of Permian Basin energy assets in Texas from affiliates of Enduring Resources.

$500M Investment in Pipeline Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Locke Lord represented Navitas Midstream Partners, based in The Woodlands, in a deal with Warburg Pincus calling for the private equity firm to lead an investment of up to $500 million in equity in the oil and gas pipeline company.

$2.5 Billion Permian Basin Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Porter Hedges is one of three firms representing an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP in its pending $2.5 billion purchase of Permian Basin energy assets in Texas from affiliates of Enduring Resources.

David P. Poole, senior vice president and general counsel at Range Resources, Fort Worth

Exclusive: GC Says Expert Energy Counsel in Shorter Supply Outside Texas

By Mark Bauer |

The energy boom in places that lack Texas' experienced counsel leaves in-house legal departments looking for lawyers.

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Bitcoin Draws Fire From State Securities Board

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's really been blown way out of proportion, but it's just kicked us right where it hurts," said Balanced Energy president Kirk Johnson, who's scheduled to appear at a June 26 hearing of the Texas State Securities Board's Enforcement Division.

Greenberg Traurig Nabs Locke Lord's Energy Litigation Chief

By Miriam Rozen |

Two grown-up baby lawyers who now run the region for Greenberg Traurig are bringing one of their first bosses on board.

Marathon Oil's $2.7 Billion Sale

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |
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Learn From the Department of Labor's Audits in the Oil Patch

By Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman |

Companies in the oil patch can pay a day rate to employees who are exempt from overtime pay, so long as they do it right. Most often, the employee receives a salary and a day rate bonus on top of that.

Lawyer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Theft

By Miriam Rozen |

At the trial that led to the 20-year sentence, the jury found that Kelly Gordon Rogers "took investors' money and used it for his own benefit," said Rogers' lawyer Mitch Nolte, adding: "We don't disagree with the verdict."