The U.S. oil and natural gas industry is competitive and volatile. Companies up and down the production chain must move quickly and efficiently to stay on top of demand fluctuations, shifting markets and regulatory requirements.
Husch Blackwell attorneys have the in-depth industry knowledge and insight needed to provide oil and gas businesses with legal counsel that is timely, relevant and strategic. We advise on the many complex legal, commercial and technical challenges that arise in both well-established basins and frontier plays around the world.
Our areas of focus include transactions and agreements, litigation, regulatory compliance, environmental, and safety and health.
Transactions and Agreements
Our Oil & Gas attorneys provide a full range of legal services related to the ownership and operation of production assets, including:
Our Litigation attorneys handle disputes over all aspects of upstream and midstream operations, bringing to bear an extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry and the full energy value chain. Our representation includes claims related to exploration and production, royalties, and product and service contracts. We counsel clients in a variety of industry sectors, including producers, processors and transporters.
Based in Washington, D.C., Husch Blackwell’s Energy Regulation team has the experience and resources to handle regulatory, litigation and business issues affecting the production, transmission and supply of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products. We also help clients avoid and manage federal and state administrative investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as develop and implement tailored compliance programs.
Our experience at federal agencies on Capitol Hill and in the courts forms the foundation for the distinctive services and innovative solutions we provide to our energy industry clients, whether regulated or unregulated. The accomplished members of our Energy Regulation team include former lawyers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including a former FERC chairman, the principal legislative draftsman of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978, and attorneys with senior-level in-house counsel backgrounds.
The deep industry experience of our Environmental team informs our advice to clients on the environmental impacts of hydrocarbon production, processing and transportation. We offer environmental planning, permitting and enforcement defense related to federal and state environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. We also provide environmental due diligence and liability management.
Our team includes former Fortune 500 senior environmental attorneys, each with extensive industry-focused environmental management and litigation experience.
Safety & Health
When injuries, accidents, explosions, fires or alleged health or safety violations occur at an oil or gas worksite, our Safety & Health attorneys step in immediately to help businesses navigate enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and other agencies.
In addition to handling enforcement actions, our team guides clients in impacting future regulations and offers training and strategic counsel that help limit risk in the first place. Our attorneys provide guidance on protecting the reputation of the company and its leaders; reducing, eliminating or transferring financial and lawsuit risks; and avoiding criminal prosecutions.
Energy companies that participate in the highly competitive and fast-moving field of oil and gas exploration and production depend on speed to market, cost management and seamless execution in order to compete. Participants up and down the exploration and production value chain are looking for ways to move more quickly and effectively to combat growing competition for limited resources and opportunities and to manage regulatory challenges.
U.S. oil and natural gas production is undergoing tremendous growth, reshaping the world’s energy markets and creating unprecedented demand for midstream infrastructure, from pipelines to storage facilities. As you move to capitalize on this opportunity, Husch Blackwell’s skilled attorneys will help reduce regulatory risks, meet demands for capital and overcome expansion hurdles that accompany the boom in production from horizontal drilling and development of the country’s major shale plays.