Reed Smith LLP said Tuesday it has picked up a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC attorney who has counseled Silicon Valley companies on technology transactions and intellectual property issues, and worked on renewable energy matters for the firm’s office in the region.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has added to its partnership ranks a former Vinson & Elkins LLP corporate attorney who specializes in energy industry transactions, adding depth to the firm’s Houston office, the firm said Tuesday.
A top White House environmental policy aide and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency general counsel is heading into private practice, joining Covington & Burling LLP’s Washington, D.C., office as an expert on environmental, energy and public policy issues, the firm announced Monday.
A former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner specializing in the energy and infrastructure sector has joined Dechert LLP's corporate and energy and clean technology practices, Dechert said Monday.
Winston & Strawn LLP has expanded its global energy practice with the addition of a pair of oil and gas transactional partners to its Houston office who hail from Baker Botts LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright, the firm said Thursday.
Jones Day partner Jeff Schlegel has successfully kept pace with the evolving oil and gas industry and helped negotiate some of its biggest deals, including Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s purchase of the troubled Texas City refinery for $2.4 billion, netting him a spot on Law360’s list of Energy MVPs.
McGuireWoods LLP on Wednesday announced the hiring of a former Big Four attorney with a background in taxation of energy and mergers and acquisitions, among others, to join its tax practice in Houston as a partner.
Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA recently gained a shareholder for its energy and environmental law practice group in Portland, Maine, a move the firm said would help to further its reputation in the energy field.
K&L Gates LLP has bolstered its commercial disputes practice by adding a Watt Beckworth Thompson Henneman & Sullivan LLP litigator with experience in product and professional liability, environmental and energy matters, unfair competition, and intellectual property to its Houston office, it said Monday.
Reed Smith LLP has bolstered its U.S. corporate and securities group in its Houston office with the addition of two former Thompson & Knight LLP partners with experience in energy, health care, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity, the firm announced Thursday.
President Barack Obama selected a new energy and climate change adviser Friday to replace the influential Heather Zichal, tapping U.S. Department of Energy official Dan Utech to help guide the administration's efforts to address global warming, according to a White House official.
Hogan Lovells’ London office has welcomed back an erstwhile partner who boasts an environmental practice encompassing regulatory, transactional and project development matters after six years at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, the firm announced Tuesday.
Energy-regulation expert William Booth has joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as the head of its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission practice in Washington, D.C., leaving Dentons after five years, he confirmed Wednesday.
DLA Piper has snagged an environmental, energy and white collar partner from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP who previously was the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s former general counsel, to join its litigation practice group in Houston and Tampa, it was announced Wednesday.
Vinson & Elkins LLP beefed up its environmental litigation bench in Washington, D.C. on Monday, welcoming a onetime Bingham McCutchen LLP practice group co-chairman specializing in environmental and natural resource matters for the energy production industry.
Jones Day on Monday said that an attorney who has broad experience in corporate governance and international transactional matters has rejoined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office from Sempra Energy, to work as a partner in its global disputes practice.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced on Monday that it had landed a veteran energy and environmental attorney from Norton Rose Fulbright to serve as a partner in its Pittsburgh office.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, who announced his resignation in May, will join Stoel Rives LLP as a San Francisco-based partner when he officially steps down from his post, the firm said Monday.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP said Thursday that it had expanded its international regulation and compliance team in London by picking up a former BHP Billiton Ltd. attorney who helped manage the mining giant’s global anti-corruption and trade compliance programs.
Morrison & Foerster LLP has added a leading project finance and renewable energy attorney as a partner in the firm's project finance and development practice in its Los Angeles office, the firm announced Wednesday.
To date, it does not appear that any litigation has arisen regarding the use of polyacrylamide flocculent in frac sand mining, but considering the growing public opposition to these operations, especially in the Midwest, such litigation can be reasonably expected in the future, says Joseph Russell of von Briesen & Roper SC.
Recent actions from the D.C. Circuit and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have resumed the process of considering a disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste. If Yucca Mountain or another facility were finally licensed, the financial picture for nuclear power plant owners could be very different — which includes insurance coverage typically purchased by plant owners and operators, says Erin Webb of Dickstein Shaprio LLP.
In light of a recent Pennsylvania Office of Open Records decision, public utilities and other entities providing information to the state's Public Utility Commission must always keep in mind that materials provided to the PUC may become “public records” despite a protective order prohibiting the dissemination of confidential information, say attorneys with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
The first criminal case ever prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act against Duke Energy reinforces the importance of developing voluntary compliance mechanisms in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce bird mortality — and raises the possibility that more enforcement actions could be on the horizon, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.
Under the new Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, there is no reason to expect any less protection for technical and economic information useful in oil and gas exploration and production. A comparison of the factors Texas courts have been using to determine if a trade secret exists and the new statutory definition reveals substantial overlap, say Steve Borgman and David Tobin of Vinson & Elkins LLP.
With a close decision on the question of cap and trade auctions as a tax and at least one appeal of the recent Sacramento Superior Court judgment likely, the fight over the California cap and trade program is far from over. Other states are closely observing legal challenges to California's sweeping AB 32 program and assessing its effectiveness and economic impact, say attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
Recently, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources issued two key documents relating to hydraulic fracturing. Of keen interest is whether these new rules will permit development of the Monterey Shale in a manner that is competitive with the development of oil reserves elsewhere — or whether government involvement will delay development of the world’s largest, deep shale-oil play, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.
Before a landowner grants an oil & gas lease to a lessee, he should carefully consider some key provisions to protect himself and to maximize economic benefit. For example, always make sure the provisions do not permit the primary term of the lease to extend beyond the stated period absent production, drilling or other operations, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has generally not concerned itself with improper conduct involving embargoed countries. But the SEC’s complaint in the recent Weatherford International Ltd. case suggests that the agency takes the position that inaccurate accounting of transactions with embargoed countries can result in violations of the Exchange Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.