Energy & Natural Resources

Energy & Natural Resources - Louisiana


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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with particular experience in oil and gas law. Recent activity in major pipeline work with additional expertise in both transactional and dispute-led energy work on behalf of a variety of clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We are very pleased with their work, professionalism and overall legal assistance."

Notable practitioners  

Bob Duplantis has a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector. He focuses particularly on regulation issues and contract disputes. He regularly represents clients before regulatory bodies such as the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

Peck Hayne advises on oil and gas, and other energy-related matters. He has presented cases before an array of industry regulators. According to clients, he "writes beautifully and adds a lot to a case."

Scott O'Connor handles litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the oil and gas industry such as royalty claims, purchase contracts and operating agreements. He has successfully represented large oil companies in national and state actions.

Band 1 | Liskow & Lewis

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What the team is known for Extensive expertise across the energy and natural resources sector. Represents a series of major energy companies both at home and abroad in trial and appellate work, contract drafting and negotiation, transactional issues and regulatory counseling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good lawyers, and they focus on this field. I find them more expert in the field than others."

"They are immediately responsive, thorough and accurate." 

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Hunter is regarded by clients as one of the most able oil and gas lawyers in the state. He advises companies regarding federal regulations, and is praised for being "technically skilled but also keeping costs as low as possible." 

Lawrence Simon has extensive experience in oil and gas litigation. He handles energy and natural resources work as part of a broad disputes practice which also takes in commercial cases and appellate work. 

Richard Revels represents a variety of oil and gas companies in energy regulatory matters. He also handles related energy litigation. 

James Lapeze concentrates his practice on a wide range of oil and gas matters. Alongside his litigation experience, he also counsels clients on leasing issues. 

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What the team is known for Represents a range of entities such as major oil and gas companies, well operators and transportation companies. Offers a variety of services including counsel, litigation and regulatory compliance expertise as part of an extensive regional network.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Klemm focuses his practice on the defense of clients in oil and gas and energy disputes. His clients range from individuals to major energy providers. He has broad litigation expertise which also takes in commercial cases and white-collar criminal defense work. 

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What the team is known for Strong focus on energy work throughout the state, with a particular focus on oil and gas issues. Offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge provide healthy coverage across Louisiana.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Highly competitive hourly rates and extremely prompt, dedicated client service."  

"All their work has been outstanding." 

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Shea has extensive experience in oil and gas matters. He has represented oil and gas companies in disputes as well as non-litigation issues such as exploration and production joint ventures.

David Taggart is well recognized in Shreveport for his ability in energy law. He has deep experience and expertise in oil and gas drilling issues.

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What the team is known for Experienced regional oil and gas attorneys with expertise across the full range of issues related to the area. Represents clients in contract disputes, appeals before regulatory bodies and exploration agreements. Additional focus on the renewable energy sector. 

Notable practitioners  

Experienced practitioner Taylor Darden focuses much of his practice on oil and gas litigation, particularly technical and operational disputes.  

Hampton Carver specializes in oil, gas and energy law. Clients benefit from his deep experience and expertise in handling cases before courts and federal administrative agencies.

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What the team is known for Deep expertise in the regulatory and legislative workings of energy and natural resource issues thanks to the presence of several former regulators within the practice. Represents a range of clients in various other areas including sophisticated disputes and transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely responsive and act in the true interest of their client's well-being."

"Everything we ask them, they know the exact answer and how to address it." 

Notable practitioners  

Carl Rosenblum is renowned for his expertise in the representation of clients in major oil and gas matters, both in state and federal courts. His clients include energy providers, oilfield service companies, and oil and gas management companies.

Edward Bergin has particular expertise in energy-related commercial litigation. He regularly represents energy production and cogeneration companies, and has experience acting before the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

David Hunter has extensive knowledge in energy law and represents clients in contractual, regulatory and transactional matters, including high-value acquisitions.  

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What the team is known for Regularly acts for major local energy and utilities clients in proceedings before regulatory bodies. Handles oil and gas, electricity and non-utility power issues involving contract negotiations, regulatory compliance and transactional work.

Notable practitioners  

Utilities practitioner Katherine King focuses her work on the regulation of the electric industry. She has experience in advising clients regarding renewable generation projects and is described by sources as an "outstanding" performer.

Randy Young has extensive experience in electric utility regulation, and his clients include generation companies and power marketers. Clients particularly praise his strong communication skills. 

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What the team is known for Key focus on electric and natural gas public utility issues and represents industry clients in a range of regulatory compliance issues. Also involved in related dispute work as part of a broad utilities practice.

Work highlights Successfully represented Cleco Power in various compliance proceedings before the Louisiana Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

Represented Wind Capital Group in a series of corporate and business issues surrounding commercial wind energy projects.

Notable practitioners  

John Shirley focuses on the representation of regulated public utilities including electric, gas and companies. He is also experienced in consulting and lobbying public service commissioners.

Experienced practitioner Alan Wolf acts for electric and natural gas utility clients in matters relating to contracts, transactions, regulatory filings and litigation.

Significant clients CenterPoint Energy.

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What the team is known for Represents utilities and oil and gas companies as well as industrial consumers and pipeline companies in the full range of transactional, regulatory and dispute issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"In briefing they are excellent. The brief is the critical part of the process, and they are excellent writers." 

Work highlights Defended new client Noble Energy in a lawsuit relating to the destruction of two wells, involving alleged losses of $13.4 million.

Represented Kemira Chemicals in the sale of a decommissioned chemical plant in Shreveport.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Fontham is a prominent lawyer in the field of public utility regulation. He has handled high-profile cases before the United States Supreme Court. He is described by commentators as an "excellent trial lawyer." 

Paul Zimmering is known for his technical ability in energy matters, and is "very good in the hearing room, and in written pleadings and briefs." He has a wealth of experience working alongside the Louisiana Public Service Commission in matters involving ratepayers.

"Really good litigator" Dana Shelton is known for her expertise in public utility regulation and energy disputes. She has represented electric service providers in the development of environmental regulations.

Significant clients BEPCO. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Jefferson Stewart of Adams and Reese LLP handles work in Louisiana and Mississippi, and specializes in regulatory matters. Of late he has also taken a leading role in the firm's representation of defendant oil companies in a reservoir destruction trial that may have a significant impact on litigation throughout the Gulf Coast. 

Litigator Kyle Marionneaux of Kyle Marionneaux LLC regularly represents public utility clients before the Louisiana Public Service Commission and is "doing a great job," according to commentators.

David Guerry of Long Law Firm LLP has an excellent reputation for handling energy work relating to electric regulatory transactions and litigation.  

Randall Songy of Onebane Law Firm is particularly well known for his prowess in the oil and gas sector. His practice also takes in mediation and arbitration work. 

The deeply experienced Patrick Ottinger of Ottinger Hebert is an established name in the oil and gas area, focusing on commercial and corporate law and litigation.  

Gerald Slattery of Slattery, Marino & Roberts A Professional Law Corporation is known for his work on business litigation matters, with an emphasis on oil and gas-related disputes.

Robert Gilliam of Wilkinson, Carmody & Gilliam is a noted expert in the field of public utility and regulatory law. He practices extensively before the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

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