Gross revenue at the 20 highest-grossing firms in Texas improved by 3.5 percent in 2016 compared with 2015.
Gross revenue at the 20 highest-grossing firms in Texas improved by 3.5 percent in 2016 compared with 2015.
Volunteer service trips to Zambia puts life into perspective for Houston litigator Lara Pringle.
Kimberly Kay Krieder-Dusek does a little bit of everything in McMullen County, Texas.
A group of six energy transactional partners in Baker Botts today joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new Houston office.
Three lawyers from Hays & Owens, an energy regulatory and litigation boutique in Austin, joined Jackson Walker's office in the city.
"A bunch of the anti-Mexico rhetoric that you heard from the president has now faded," says King & Spalding's James Bowe.
Hess Midstream Partners' initial public offering this month may signal a resurgence in IPOs for midstream master limited partnerships—along with billing opportunities for Texas lawyers in that practice niche.
Vinson & Elkins represents Sunoco LP in its pending $3.3 billion sale of more than 1,000 convenience stores, some in Texas, to 7-Eleven, which turned to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
"I have 116 lawyers at this firm. They need to feed their families," says Steve Susman.
The chances of success are narrow for lawyers who seek to switch from representing corporate energy clients to pursuing environmental and climate change advocacy. "There are a lot of trust issues that arise," said Lucy Deakins, a partner in Denver's Dunsing & Deakins, and former associate for Fulbright & Jaworski (now, Norton Rose Fulbright) who has failed to make such a transition, despite repeated attempts to do so. Some lawyers, including Michael Freeman, a staff attorney at EarthJustice and Nada Culver, senior counsel for The Wilderness Society, have overcome hurdles and won environmental advocacy jobs, despite having toiled for years in the corporate world. But they succeeded at that switch only after years of trying.
The move, opposed by Exxon Mobil, puts the AGs of New York and Massachusetts on their home turf as they try to enforce a subpoena for decades of records related to global warming.
Don't stop the game in the final minutes. That's the sports analogy that best fits environmentalist lawyers' reaction to a Trump administration bid to halt Clean Power Plan litigation pending in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
"Hazy" pretty much describes the forecast after a ruling this month sending the Texas Regional Haze Rule back to the Environmental Protection Agency for retooling.
Lawyers in the fight had already begun writing motions and responses, even before Scott Pruitt, the Trump-appointed director of the EPA, announced that the White House would issue an order on March 27 withdrawing the Clean Power Plan.
For the Texas Railroad Commission, there is one proposed reform that appears on the wishlists of both energy industry and public watchdog groups. It's the creation of a searchable data base, particularly about complaints filed, and which, if properly developed, would be useful for lawyers who represent clients before the Texas Railroad Commission.
A Louisiana man, injured in an offshore platform accident in 2014, seeks more than $1 million from Houston plaintiffs firm and two lawyers.
Austin partner Barry Smitherman resigned from Vinson & Elkins in January and was said to be in line to run the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Weeks later, he's mum on his prospects.
Hard-luck reporters assigned to the State Department who must chase reticent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for his rare comments now have company: the lawyers lining up to learn what "Wayne Tracker" had to say.
The Houston-based firm's profits per partner exceeded the $2 million mark in 2016.
Baker Botts' client Cobalt International Energy disclosed that SEC has initiated an "informal inquiry" about Cobalt's payments for a technology center in Angola.
When are degrees from Yale and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law not enough education? When they are held by that U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science Committee, according to 314 Action, a nonprofit advocacy group for promoting science education.
Diana Liebmann, a partner in Haynes and Boone, who has developed the firm's electrical power legal practice from scratch, and knows that the Lone Star state ranks top in the nation for producing wind energy.
Winston & Strawn brought on three more lateral partners for its new Dallas office.
Tim Powers, managing partner of the Dallas-based Haynes and Boone, said the firm added laterals in 14 of 15 offices in 2016.
The Texas Supreme Court has rejected BP America Production Co.'s request that the justices take away decision-making power from juries.
Environmental lawyers are promising court fights and public backlash in the wake of a regulatory rollback. They even brought up the mother of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Bill Jones, former general counsel to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has joined Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C., as a partner in the government services and finance department.
Some wins take time. Sullivan & Cromwell partners Robert Giuffra Jr. and Brendan Cullen know that for sure--it took them almost 15 years to win dismissal of a would-be class action against UBS stemming from Enron's collapse.
Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III is leaving for trial open questions regarding the propriety of partnership unit issuances Energy Transfer Equity made in the run-up to its since-scuttled merger with The Williams Cos. Inc.
Michael Darden, chair of the oil and gas transactions group and co-chair of the oil and gas industry team at Latham & Watkins, is headed to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in Houston. Gibson Dunn confirmed in February that it would hire eight oil and gas partners in the city, but declined to name them.
A two-week trial pitted a Schlumberger subsidiary against National Oilwell Varco, cost both well-lawyered sides each more than $1.3 million, and ended this week with a mixed jury ruling. The panel's ruling also has set the stage for post-verdict battle for the ages between the two energy companies, which are fighting about a worker who switched employers, leading to allegations of trade-secrets theft.
Operators of pipelines transporting hazardous liquids are waiting to see if President Trump makes good on his promise to reduce regulation by 75 percent, including amendments to rules enforced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
As the recent Permian Basin buying spree and increased offshore capital expenditures by super majors reveal, the energy industry downturn of recent years may be turning a corner.
Last year, a federal agency issued orders that would have required many clients to add additional and expensive bonding for potentially liabilities incurred when decommissioning such offshore rigs. Those are off the table for now.
Gross revenue improved by 11.3 percent at Dallas-based Jackson Walker in 2016, compared with 2015, and net income jumped by 26.2 percent.
While gross revenue at Houston-based Bracewell dropped 6.6 percent in 2016 compared with 2015, net income improved by 1.7 percent.
Following a strong 2015, gross revenue improved by 2.9 percent at Dallas-based Thompson & Knight in 2016, and net income increased by 3.5 percent compared with the prior year.
After the U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, as the Environmental Protection Agency administrator this month, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, said Republicans "will rue the day that they had this nomination rammed through the Senate on the very day that the emails were being litigated in Oklahoma, in order to get ahead of any counterpressure."
Lawyers from two big firms in Houston, Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Bracewell, move to the Houston office of King & Spalding.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved a restructuring plan that sets the stage for Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings Corp. to settle a dispute with creditors owed $800 million in make-whole payments.
Neil Gorsuch, a Colorado native and the son of the first woman to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, has a mixed record in cases that pit the energy sector against environmentalists and regulators.
The number of bankruptcies among exploration and production oil and gas companies has quadrupled in the new year through Feb. 15, compared with the same time period in 2016, according to a tracking system developed by Stephen Pezanosky, a bankruptcy partner in Haynes and Boone's Fort Worth office, and other partners at the firm.
In a major lateral move in Texas, nine transactional partners who work in the energy sector have joined Baker Botts in Houston, coming from the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright.
With the four new hires, which include two partners, Reed Smith has 63 lawyers in its Houston office.
If former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of Energy, wins confirmation on the floor of the U.S. Senate, he will not be taking Tony Buzbee with him to Washington, D.C.
If energy clients want to stop too blunt of a resurrection of an energy extraction disclosure rule — which President Donald Trump killed by signing a resolution this week — they should stress its anti-competitiveness rather than its costs.
Gross revenue declined by 6.4 percent in 2016 at Dallas-based Locke Lord, but net income improved by 11.1 percent with lawyers in many practice areas very busy.
Net income improved by 2.2 percent in 2016 at Houston-based Andrews Kurth Kenyon, which added a large group of IP lawyers late in the year.
Do President Donald Trump's "America First" policies put the US energy players, particularly exporters of natural gas to Mexico, on less certain footing? Yes, according to some lawyers and consultants who advise such clients.
Two trial lawyers who formerly practiced at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Houston formed their own plaintiff's personal injury firm in Houston.
"American pipelines made with American steel." That was the principle President Donald Trump announced in late January to no roaring applause from the oil and gas pipeline industry and the lawyers who advise it. Instead, they raised a flurry of questions.
If former Secretary of State James Baker, a senior partner at Baker Botts in Houston, gets his way, there may be less work for litigation lawyers suing and defending the energy industry.
Trinity East Energy won an opportunity to take another crack at getting $30 million out of the city of Dallas, based on allegations that it leased mineral rights for city-owned property to the company but then refused its applications to drill for oil and gas.
Boosted by some big contingency fees and strategic investments, Houston-based Baker Botts posted a record year in 2016, with revenue up 20.2 percent compared with 2015, and profits per partner up 36.6 percent.
Don't credit or blame all those protestors for the screeching halt that has come to the building of new interstate natural gas pipelines nationwide. Instead, pin responsibility for that likely scenario to the Trump's administration's failure to address a dearth of Washington bureaucrats.
Adding eight oil and gas transactional partners in a new Houston office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher expands its Texas presence.
Adding eight oil and gas transactional partners in new Houston office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher expands its Texas presence.
Exxon Mobil Corp. Wednesday argued that Texas courts had jurisdiction to take up its claims against the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts that they are abusing the corporations' free speech rights and seeking to unreasonably search and seize its business records in pursuing their climate-change litigation against the oil giant.
The White House is gearing up to rein in regulations that impact the U.S. oil and gas industry. Danny Worrell, an Austin partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman, recently spoke about what effect the new Trump administration will have on the U.S. energy sector.
In his first week in the White House, President Trump penned a series of executive actions including several targeting the energy industry.
U.S. senators aren't the only ones with questions for President Donald Trump's State Department nominee. Bay Area plaintiffs firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy wants a chance to grill Rex Tillerson in litigation over climate change.
The case that put him in the spotlight had become a trial for him, said Houston probate Judge Mike Wood.
Two more big acquisitions in the Permian Basin announced this week, with Texas lawyers handling a lot of the work.
The moves coincide with the vast turnover of federal government employees that's typical for a presidential transition. But lucky for this group, the new president has already placed the land use and natural resources issues they specialize in — such as the development of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines — in his crosshairs.
New Orleans firm Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann opens Houston office with five lateral hires from Cogan & Partners.
With its energy transactions lawyers busy in Houston and elsewhere, Latham & Watkins adds two energy regulatory partners in Washington, D.C.
The Permian Basin continues to be a hot area for energy deals, keeping lawyers busy this week with two multibillion acquisitions involving companies linked to legendary Texas wildcatters.
Anadarko unloads shale assets in South Texas to Sanchez Energy and Blackstone, roping in deal lawyers from at least four firms.
When Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil Corp. chairman and CEO, appeared before the U.S. Senate for the hearings about his nomination to serve as Secretary of State, economic sanctions against Russia dominated the dialogue.
Greenberg Traurig expanded its litigation strength in Austin this month with three lateral hires from dissolving firm Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller.
Sweeping reforms in Mexico's energy sector are luring billions in investment, keeping lawyers busy.
Apache's defense counsel, led by John Zavitsanos of Houston's Ahmad Zavitsanos Anapaikos, pledged to appeal.
Davis, Gerald & Cremer, a Midland energy firm, hired lateral shareholders Shannon Ratliff and Lisa Paulson for its Austin office.
After 18 years at the energy giant, Jack Balagia retires as general counsel with respect and admiration.
Texas firms with energy transactional and bankruptcy/restructuring practices are reaping business from the sales of distressed assets both inside and outside of bankruptcy court.
Top priorities for the Donald Trump transition team and cabinet nominees include rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions on coal, oil and gas development.
Halliburton Co. agreed to a $100 million securities fraud settlement in a case brought by Boies Schiller & Flexner.
Texas Lawyer recently spoke with David Patton, a Houston partner at Locke Lord and co-chairman of the firm's energy practice group, about what the selection of E. Scott Pruitt could mean for lawyers in the oil and gas space.
The Delaware Supreme Court has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit that left the energy company Kinder Morgan liable for the bulk of a $171 million damages award related to its acquisition of El Paso Corp. and its affiliates, finding that the claims involved were derivative and thus transferred to the buyer.
Texas Lawyer recently spoke with David Patton, a Houston partner at Locke Lord and co-chairman of the firm's energy practice group, about what the selection of E. Scott Pruitt could mean for lawyers in the oil and gas space.
The firm is advising Stone Energy Corp. and Illinois Power Generating Co. on their recent Chapter 11 filings in Houston. Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Porter Hedges are working with Latham on both new cases, the latest so far this year as the U.S. energy industry copes with sagging oil and gas prices.
A busy year continues for Texas deal lawyers.
When wealthy people ask jurors to settle their battles, their lawyers run the risk of running headlong into popular sentiment against the "one percent."
Vinson & Elkins has cinched another energy industry megadeal to round out 2016, representing Patterson-UTI Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition of Seventy Seven Energy for close to $1.76 billion. Seventy Seven Energy, based in Oklahoma City, turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
A Dallas federal judge today canceled a scheduled deposition of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that Exxon Mobil had planned to conduct in the attorney general’s climate-change litigation against the oil giant.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was ordered Monday to appear in a Texas federal court to submit to deposition questions asked by Exxon Mobil Corp. lawyers
Kelley Drye & Warren has entered the Texas market through the acquisition of a 14-lawyer environmental litigation boutique.
We are proud to profile the honorees of our 2016 Top Women in Energy awards. The following women are recognized for their work in the area of energy law—an area that has been particularly volatile this past year.
In recent years, Texas and other central U.S. states have experienced a surprising jump in the number of earthquakes. That has led scientists and regulators on a quest to determine whether the earthquakes are being caused by human activities or are occurring naturally.
On Aug. 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, an EPA regulation imposing carbon dioxide limits on existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. It is likely the most impactful and most contentious rule ever issued by the EPA.
Davis Polk, Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis landed roles in creating a new North American land pressure pumping company called BJ Services.
Latham & Watkins, Kelly Hart & Hallman and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are handling an $855 million, two-step asset purchase.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has asked U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas to vacate his order requiring her to appear in a Dallas courtroom to submit to deposition questions posted by Exxon Mobil Corp. lawyers.
The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on an all-stock megamerger that will unite a network of oil and gas pipeline giants controlled by Dallas-based billionaire Kelcy Warren.
Among the priorities Donald Trump spells out in his "America First Energy Plan," he promises to open untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, as well as onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands. Washington-based Baker Botts partners Steven Leifer, chairman of the firm's environmental team, and Megan Berge, this week shared their perspective about the Trump administration's agenda and its potential effect on the U.S. energy sector.
Leaders of Texas firms expect the new administration will provide work in several areas including health care, energy, infrastructure and tax.
General Electric Co.'s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes Inc. announced in late October their agreement to create a global oilfield technology giant with $32 billion of combined revenue and operations in more than 120 countries.
Lawyers who helped Noble Energy of Houston and Pittsburgh-based CONSOL Energy form a natural gas joint venture in the Marcellus Shale in 2011 are now working to split the two companies' operations.
Susman Godfrey lawyers secured a $43.2 million verdict for their client, Apache Deepwater, against W&T Offshore. That outcome followed a two-week trial in Houston federal court about an oil patch contract dispute between the two companies over the abandonment of a well in the Gulf of Mexico. But there remains wide disagreement over what the jury's decision means.
From the upbeat summer days of 2014 when crude oil was flirting with prices over $110 per barrel to the deep descent in February 2016 when oil plunged below $27 per barrel, oil prices have been on a rollercoaster ride in recent years that rivals Six Flags' Texas Giant.
After 40 years in place, President Barack Obama lifted the ban on exporting crude oil from America on Dec. 18, 2015. Some of the largest oil companies in the U.S. had aggressively lobbied Congress to end the ban since at least Oct. 2014, when the lobbying group called Producers for American Crude Oil Exports (PACE) was formed.
Davis, Polk & Wardwell represents Baker Hughes of Houston in its pending combination with General Electric's oil and gas business.
Energy security, renewable fuels and pollution control have been dominant energy topics in this year's presidential race. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and her Republican rival, Donald Trump, offer different regulatory approaches to the oil and gas industry.
Latham & Watkins represents Houston's Buckeye Partners in its pending $1.15 billion purchase of a half interest in VTTI, a global marine terminal business.
Andrews Kurth Kenyon represents Dallas' Energy Transfer Partners in its pending $640 million purchase of an interest in PennTex Midstream Partners of Houston.
According to the Dykema M&A Forecast, corporate executives expect to see the most M&A activity over the next 12 months in the energy industry.
After 13 years in New York, Doug Bacon joined Kirkland & Ellis' Houston office this week.
Locke Lord is advising American Midstream Partners in its pending acquisition of JP Energy Partners, which tapped Latham & Watkins.
The firm represents Houston's QStar in its pending $1.6 billion sale of assets to SM Energy Co. of Denver, which will also sell assets in North Dakota to Houston's Oasis Petroleum for $785 million.
Vinson & Elkins represents RSP Permian, a company it took public in 2014, in a pending $2.4 billion acquisition of two companies with Permian Basin assets.
Exxon Mobil Corp. reversed course and no longer plans to cooperate, and instead intends to engage in a legal battle with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to a motion filed by the energy company Monday.
We are proud to announce the honorees of our 2016 Women in Energy awards. The following women are recognized for their work in the area of energy law—an area that has been particularly volatile this past year.
The two Texas firms landed key roles in a $1.3 billion deal that will see Phillips 66 Partners acquire midstream energy assets from parent Phillips 66.
An environmental group has lost its bid to view documents about a "revolving door" investigation in which a former federal chemical safety official later advocated for his client Chevron Corp. in front of his previous employer.
The movie "Deepwater Horizon" depicts the blowout and explosions that killed 11 men and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history in April 2010. Fast-paced and scary, the film focuses on the decisions that caused the catastrophe and the heroics that followed.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, based in Birmingham, Alabama, opened an office in Houston with nine lawyers, including eight coming from Coats Rose.
While the story is not yet fully written on Mexico's energy reform, a key new chapter is about to begin with its auction process.
With energy industry bankruptcies on the rise, Texas firms are on the prowl for restructuring and bankruptcy lawyers.
Almost three years after passing the reform, Mexico has successfully developed a new energy regulatory framework, which has created a brand-new energy play in the North American region.
The crash of oil prices beginning in late 2014 has led to over 90 exploration and production companies in the United States and Canada filing for bankruptcy over the last 21 months, companies with combined debt obligations well over US$60 billion.
Jones Day represents DTE Energy in its planned buy of midstream natural gas assets from M3 Midstream and Vega Energy Partners, both of Houston.
The number of lawsuits nationwide filed by workers in energy industry seeking unpaid overtime pay declined sharply over the past year, with less than half as many actions being filed when compared with the previous 12 months.
U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to mediate within the next 16 days their dispute that brought them into his Dallas federal courtroom earlier this month.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a draft environmental impact statement recently for the controversial proposed $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) for natural gas in Virginia and West Virginia, saying the project would have "limited adverse impact with the exception of impacts on forests." The project will not be officially approved until FERC issues the final approved version of the impact statement.
Led by a partner who moved to Houston from San Francisco, Kirkland & Ellis has started an investment fund group in Houston to capitalize on energy deal work in that market.
Although he just won a favorable ruling from Texas' highest criminal court, the legal struggles are still not over for wealthy Dallas oil heir Albert G. Hill III, who alleges he was selectively prosecuted for mortgage fraud charges as a favor to his former lawyer, Lisa Blue Baron.
Hugh M. Ray III joins Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Houston, coming from McKool Smith.
With managing shareholder and chief operating officer Alan York leaving Godwin Bowman & Martinez, the firm is closing its Houston office.
The plaintiffs who seek millions in penalties for civil barratry in a Houston suit have nonsuited Mikal Watts and his firm because of a similar suit pending in San Antonio.
A Harris County jury found Chandler, Mathis & Zivley breached agreements with lawyer Joby Hughes related to Gulf oil spill litigation.
A Dallas federal judge set for Sept. 19 a hearing when he will consider a preliminary injunction sought by Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt Massachusetts Attorney General's investigation into allegations it misled consumers about climate change. In advance of hearing, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office led a 10-state coalition, which filed a friend of court brief supporting the oil company's strategy and proposed preliminary injunction.
Latham & Watkins represents Anadarko Petroleum Corp. of The Woodlands in its pending $2 billion purchase of deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets from Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas.
Henry Gilchrist, who has practiced at Hunton & Williams in Dallas since 2007, represented the Clint Murchison family and the Dallas Cowboys.
Houston-based Direct Energy announced on Tuesday the appointment of Thomas Smith as executive vice president and general counsel. He will oversee all aspects of the company's legal operations in North America.
Less than a month after he was acquitted of criminal charges related to BP oil spill litigation, a group of oil spill claimants seek civil barratry penalties from San Antonio lawyer Mikal Watts, his firm and others.
Thompson & Knight represents target Yates Petroleum on the deal, which expands EOG's presence in New Mexico and beyond.
Wachtell, Skadden, and Sullivan & Cromwell are among the firms advising on the merger, which will create one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America.
In the wake of the U.S. mortgage industry meltdown that peaked in 2008, key federal agencies are now focused on avoiding a similar fiasco in the energy sector. Several agencies, including the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are increasingly taking a stricter approach to rating the risk level of banks' loans to exploration and production companies.
Mayer Brown hires Ariel Ramos for the firm's Mexico City office, along with two associates.
Dallas-based Haynes and Boone merged today with Curtis Davis Garrard of London, giving the firm a London office and 20 lawyers.
A powerful air-gun fires underwater as part of a seismic survey to find oil reservoirs. An underwater explosive breaks down a rig that's being decommissioned. Pile-driving hammers smash into the seabed. These are the sounds of oil and gas operations in the ocean—unheard by most humans but an auditory disruption, according to environmentalists, to the marine life of the seas, including dolphins and whales.
Locke Lord team won for Spitzer Industries a $35.9 million judgment, including $3.5 million in attorney fees just for its firm, and $688,000 for contract attorneys.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents a conflicts committee advising Valero Energy Partners in its pending $325 million acquisition of a terminal services business from a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp. of San Antonio.
"It is my new goal in life to use every resource available to me to reform a broken justice system," said the San Antonio plaintiffs lawyer who has earned $100s of millions in mass tort litigation during his career.
Texas lawyer Mikal Watts and six other people each had plenty of opportunity to know they had a fake client list and were pursuing bogus claims after 2010's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, prosecutors told Mississippi jurors Wednesday in closing arguments.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey last week urged a federal trial judge in Texas to dismiss Exxon Mobil Corp.'s challenge to the state's investigation into allegations the oil company misled consumers and investors about climate change.
The firms represent two Midland companies in the Texas asset transaction.
Managing partners said their firms have been busy during first and second quarters of 2016.
Several attorneys, a Texas university policy group and a number of water rights groups recently urged a Texas Senate committee to simplify state groundwater regulations, saying the regulatory framework makes it difficult for businesses to carry out projects that involve the use of groundwater.
Holland & Hart and Latham & Watkins are advising on private equity firm Riverstone Holdings' sale of Houston-based Rock Oil Holdings to SM Energy Co.
Houston-based Enbridge Energy Partners is using Norton Rose Fulbright for a joint venture deal to acquire an interest in the Bakken Pipeline System.
Dallas trial firm Godwin PC adds two shareholders to its name, marking their contributions to firm.
With slumping commodities prices continuing to strap the energy sector, there's talk among some lawyers experienced in the industry that companies are increasingly looking to their intellectual property to generate income and position themselves ahead of rivals.
The U.S. oil and gas sector is now paying attention to cybersecurity threats and working to defend its networks and physical assets. Randy Sabett, special counsel at Cooley in Washington, D.C., who specializes in privacy and data protection practice, discusses trends in protecting the oil and gas sector from cyberattacks.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a race-based employment discrimination complaint in San Antonio federal court against two oil-patch services companies.
A leading provider of well services to the U.S. and Canadian oil and gas industry filed for bankruptcy last week in Houston after reaching a debt-restructuring agreement with its lenders.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges represents Silver Run Acquisition Corp. of Houston in its pending acquisition of a controlling interest in a Denver-based oil and natural gas company that turned to Vinson & Elkins.
San Antonio plaintiffs' lawyer Mikal Watts attempted at his federal criminal trial in Mississippi to marshal evidence to counter the testimony against him provided by well-known claims fund administrator Ken Feinberg on a key point: Did Watts' firm provide Feinberg when asked with client contracts for the BP claimants it purported to represent?
Gabriel Salinas, who is licensed in the United States and Mexico, leaves Mayer Brown to join the Houston office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
A gas and power company has no recourse in federal court to interrupt ongoing administrative proceedings as regulators pursue claims of manipulation of the natural gas market, a Texas judge said.
A Midland landman and his companies seek $1 million or more from Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, a current shareholder, and a former shareholder for how they handled lawsuits for them in three Texas counties.
Well-known victim funds administrator testified that he sought, but failed to receive, retention agreements showing Watts and his firm represented the 25,000 to 40,000 BP oil spill claimants, which the firm had identified on a spreadsheet as being represented by it.
The prosecution's arguments took less than 20 minutes and Mike McCrum, a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer who represents Mikal Watts' co-defendant, his brother David Watts, spoke for 90 minutes--presenting the two Watts brothers' case.
Sunoco Pipeline will pay the U.S. government $850,000 in civil penalties to resolve environmental claims tied to crude oil spills from the company's Barbers Hill, Texas facility and from the Cromwell, Oklahoma, facility. Sunoco Pipeline is a subsidiary of Sunoco Logistics Partners Operations.
The arbitration process has been a thorough nightmare for Tom Loose's energy company client. But Loose recently convinced Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals that his clients had a legal right to have their money back — including a finding that opposing counsel was jointly and severally liable for pre- and post-judgment interest in the case.
On the first day of what is expected to unfold as his lengthy criminal trial, Mikal Watts, a well-known San Antonio, Texas, plaintiffs lawyer, filed a motion seeking to halt the prosecutors from presenting testimony and witnesses.
Federal energy regulators this week fined BP America Inc. more than $20 million for allegedly manipulating the natural gas market in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Texas Lawyer recently spoke separately to Mark Barron, a Denver partner at BakerHostetler, and with Jeffrey Reeser, a member at Sherman & Howard in Denver who practices in the firm's energy and natural resources group, about a recent Wyoming federal court ruling that struck federal fracking regulations.
A group of attorneys from Jones Day, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Troutman Sanders and Balch & Bingham are representing Southern Co. in the planned acquisition from Kinder Morgan of a 50 percent equity interest in the Southern Natural Gas pipeline system.
Three coal mining trade associations are raising concerns about the criminal conviction of ex-Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship for conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety regulations.
When David Hill joined NRG Energy Inc. as the company's executive vice president and general counsel in September 2012, it was right in the middle of a big merger, and so Hill says he immediately "had to figure out how to put together two legal departments, both of which were composed of lawyers I didn't know."
Laura Gibson, a partner with the firm of Dentons, explains what impact the new federal overtime rules will have on the Texas oil and gas sector.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused executives at a Dallas oil and gas energy company, including the CEO and general counsel, of a "long-lasting and egregious fraud" that included spending investors' money at gentlemen's clubs.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday turned down an oil company's bid for a large tax exemption and held that Southwest Royalties Inc.'s purchases of casing, tubing, other well equipment and associated services were not exempt from sales taxes available to certain manufacturers.
Mexico, as part of the country's initiative to attract outside investors, recently agreed to use the American Petroleum Institute's safety standards in its energy programs to promote worker safety at offshore drilling sites.
You know the name if you work in the energy sector. The Texas Railroad Commission, around since 1891, regulates exploration, production and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas.
Reagan Bradford, a former deputy general counsel at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Corp., has joined Lanier Law Firm of Houston to do commercial litigation.
Three bankruptcy lawyers leave Winstead to join Haynes and Boone as partners in Dallas.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved the approximately $2 billion Elba Liquefaction Project, which will be constructed and operated by the Kinder Morgan subsidiaries Elba Liquefaction Co. and Southern LNG Co.
Great Plains Energy, the parent of regulated power utility Kansas City Power & Light has turned to Bracewell for assistance with its pending acquisition of Westar Energy, the largest electric company in Kansas.
Akin Gump oil and gas partner Steven Otillar, who works in the firm's Houston office, was recently nominated to serve as the president-elect of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Relying on his extensive experience in the Latin American energy sector, Luis Gomar, a Dallas partner at Thompson & Knight, provides an in-depth look at what to expect in connection with the approaching auction of deepwater oil blocks to be hosted by the Mexican government in December.
Six Texas firms are among the top dealmaking firms in several areas of corporate finance on The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard 2016.
Mexico kicked off its historic public bidding to open its power sector to private foreign investors this spring, awarding rights to 11 international and Mexican companies in a move that energy lawyers called a huge step toward transforming its aging electric grid.
The Texas Supreme Court recently expanded the accommodation doctrine—an important concept in oil and gas law—to groundwater estates and extends, for the first time, the same surface protections to landowners dealing with a severed groundwater estate.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe recently represented BlueJack Energy in connection with the Dallas-based company's efforts in securing an initial private equity commitment of up to $100 million from Energy Spectrum Capital, which was represented by Baker Botts.
Hogan Lovells represents KBR in the Houston-based company's pending acquisition of Wyle in a deal valued at $600 million. Wyle, of El Segundo, California, is using a team from Dechert.
The Supreme Court of Texas recently handed down a decision in favor of M-I SWACO, a subsidiary of oil technology giant Schlumberger, which had charged National Oilwell Varco with stealing trade secrets.
Chesapeake Energy and Total E&P USA recently reached a global settlement under which they will pay out a combined total of $52.5 million to more than 13,000 clients of two Texas-based law firms who claimed they were shortchanged related to their natural gas royalties.
A Houston state court has allowed discovery to proceed in a civil lawsuit against John Cracken from Dallas and Bob Hilliard from Corpus Christi, despite the two plaintiffs lawyers' motion to seek a stay in the litigation.
Latham & Watkins represents FMC Technologies in the Houston company's pending merger with French company Technip, creating a $13 billion company.
The First District of Appeals in Texas recently dealt with a tangled business partnership between BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska Inc., Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. and former partner Unocal Pipeline Co. involving Trans-Alaska Pipeline business operations.
Energy Future Holdings Corp. is running into strong headwinds from creditors as it tries speed up its schedule in its $42 billion Chapter 11 restructuring by seeking the court's approval of its new plan.
Texas deal lawyers are working fast and furiously on oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions. But the total value of such deals in that industry nationwide dropped in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same time in the prior year.
Sidley Austin represents Range Resources of Fort Worth in its pending acquisition of Houston's Memorial Resource Development Corp. for $4.4 billion including $1.1 billion in assumed debt.
Ropes & Gray is requesting approximately $10.9 million in attorney fees for five months of work representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation.
In remarks emphasizing the importance of international business opportunities for the Texas oil and gas sector, Railroad Commissioner of Texas Ryan Sitton recently discussed attractive prospects related to Mexico's new energy policy changes and overseas energy markets at the 28th Annual Texas Energy Council Symposium that was held at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.
Baker Botts represents EQT Corp. of Pittsburgh in its pending purchase for $407 million, of assets from Houston's Statoil USA Onshore Properties, which turned to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
NextDecade, The Woodlands, Texas-based energy company, recently applied for federal authorization to site, construct and operate the Rio Grande LNG, a proposed LNG export facility near Brownsville, Texas, and the Rio Bravo Pipeline, a 137-mile pipeline system that will provide the facility with its feed gas.
The Texas Supreme Court recently turned down a request to rehear a motion filed by McDaniel Partners pertaining to its royalty battle with Apache Deepwater and reaffirmed that Apache was not obligated under the lapsed oil and gas leases to continue paying royalties.
Vinson & Elkins represented a conflicts committee that advised Phillips 66 Partners on its pending $775 million purchase of a pipeline and assets from Phillips 66, which used Latham & Watkins.
Plaintiff Charles Hicks recently filed a putative class action in an Arkansas federal court claiming that Southwestern Energy Company and its subsidiaries are defrauding him and the putative class members through underpayment of royalties and seeking in excess of $5 million in damages.