Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide
Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York, DC and Palo Alto.
What the team is known for Retains its reputation as an energy powerhouse. Active in all sectors of the market, with particular strength in oil and gas transactional matters, oil and gas regulatory matters, and electricity utility transactions. The firm has focused on strengthening its power practice in recent years, with a number of recent lateral hires, most notably Bill Lamb.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at knowing what is important and what is not - I always feel like we are being represented on the things that matter. Because of that approach we moved quickly to get good commercial outcomes."
"They understand the law extremely well and understand how nuances of the law can help us, and they are not afraid to go to court and to stand up when there is an issue. We don't know where we would be without those guys - they have really helped us out."
Work highlights Acted for CenterPoint Energy in the negotiation of a midstream joint venture with OGE Energy and ArcLight Capital Partners.
Advised Barclays Capital in connection with its role as financial adviser to ITC Holdings in its purchase of electrical transmission assets from Entergy.
Represented HollyFrontier Refining & Marketing in a FERC rate case related to Osage Pipeline Company's rate for the interstate transportation of crude oil.
Represented Sasol Group Services in its acquisition of Merichem Company’s interest in Merisol, a petrochemical joint venture.
Acted for a group of oil companies in a challenge to SFPP's pipeline rates before the FERC and in the US Court of Appeals.
Thomas Eastment is regarded as one of the leading lawyers representing oil shippers in pipeline regulatory matters. "He is careful and thoughtful; when he is taking a position you have to take it seriously," reports one source, while another adds: "He always has a good grasp of the technical aspects of what he is dealing with. He is a good writer, an excellent cross-examiner, and a very seasoned and capable lawyer in all respects."
William Lamb has an excellent reputation in the utility transactional market. He acted for AES in its sale of Red Oak power generation station to Energy Capital Partners. Sources say: "He is creative, he is user-friendly, he is bright, knowledgeable and he gets the job done."
Elaine Walsh practices across the power space, advising clients on issues such as transactions, energy trading, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and FERC regulatory and compliance matters. Sources say: "She's very industry-savvy, her manner is excellent, and she delivers exactly what we need and when we need it, including at very inconvenient times."
Hugh Tucker heads the firm's oil and gas practice. His practice includes the acquisition and sale of a wide variety of oil and gas assets including oil and gas-producing shale properties, oil refineries and chemical plants. Sources say: "He has got a very critical, solution-driven approach, and he does things with the necessary haste and the necessary urgency."
Brooksany Barrowes is a regulatory and transactional lawyer who practices in the gas and electricity areas. She acted for MISO Transmission Owners in relation to inter-regional compliance with FERC Order 1000. Commentators say: "She is very intelligent and very good at getting to the crux of the issue. She understands complicated, sometimes arcane issues and she has good instincts."
Joshua Davidson is a corporate, securities and transactional lawyer with a great deal of experience in the oil and gas sector. He is particularly noted for his deep knowledge of the MLP area. "He is one the premier lawyers in the area of MLPs. He is very meticulous and he is very knowledgeable in the sector," reports one impressed source.
Significant clients GenOn Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, NRG Energy, Patterson-UTI Drilling, Carrizo Oil & Gas, ExxonMobil.