Alston & Bird’s interdisciplinary team of attorneys combines extensive legal skills with in-depth business knowledge of the oil and gas industry to best serve your needs. Whether you are a major oil company or independent producer and refiner, a private equity sponsor or management team, a storage terminal facility or local distribution company, we have the experience to serve your legal needs. Our robust team provides you with strategic counsel on every aspect of the oil and gas supply chain, including upstream (exploration and production), midstream (transportation and storage), and downstream (distribution, fuels and lubricants, marketing and refining, retail and chemicals) and in litigation, transactions, corporate structuring, permitting, and tax-exempt financing.
Our oil and gas litigation attorneys represent clients as defendants and plaintiffs in both commercial and environmental disputes. For upstream oil and gas companies, we represent your interests in contract disputes, lease termination and title suits, surface access and damage disputes, and royalty litigation. We have helped clients achieve major wins, including two of the most significant lease termination cases decided by the Texas Supreme Court in its history. Our environmental oil and gas litigation team represents and advises oil and gas clients on the ever-changing regulatory landscape – particularly in California as state and local jurisdictions aggressively seek to regulate and, in some instances, eliminate oil and gas operations. We challenge improper regulatory actions at the state and local levels and defend your interests at both the trial and appellate levels in matters involving property damage, personal injury, and toxic tort claims. Our team also has a substantial track record of defending clients facing citizen suits from well-funded NGOs.
We frequently represent public and private oil and gas companies and their equity sponsors on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, recapitalizations, joint ventures, unitizations, project design, development and operations, financings, and investments. We help you structure and finance projects, negotiate government agreements, and navigate project and construction contracts.
Alston & Bird’s Oil & Gas Team has cultivated strong working relationships with local, state, and federal regulators, enabling us to bring prompt, informed insight to your business decisions. We are nationally recognized and respected by industry peers as well as the regulators we work with. Our team’s knowledge, connections, and experience allow us to identify, develop, and execute strategies that others miss. Whether you need help securing necessary certifications and permits or advice on enforcement actions by federal and state environmental agencies, our lawyers bring their decades of experience to bear in advocating on your behalf.