Jackson Walker has been a leader in energy law for more than 100 years. Indeed, one of the firm’s founding partners, A.W. Walker, Jr., was responsible for developing many of the fundamental concepts of modern oil and gas law. Today, we represent clients involved in every segment of the energy industry, and we have a thorough understanding of how each segment functions as a part of the overall value chain.

Our deep experience and long history of providing cutting-edge legal advice to the energy business has led companies worldwide to select Jackson Walker as their counsel of choice on complex legal matters involving the energy and natural resources industry and related service and supply sectors.

The quality and depth of Jackson Walker’s energy practice has received national recognition from a number of sources. In the 2014-2017 editions of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, Jackson Walker received a “Tier One” national ranking in Oil and Gas Law and Natural Resources Law. The firm regularly receives Tier One metropolitan rankings in Houston for Oil and Gas Law and Natural Resources Law and in Dallas for Energy Law.

The firm’s energy practice has also been recognized in several other legal guides and directories, including:

  • Jackson Walker energy partners were recognized in the 2012-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Patrick Cowlishaw and Kathleen LaValle were both ranked for “Energy: State and Regulatory & Litigation.” Partner Mike Nasi was also ranked for his Environmental practice, and partner Daniel Vineyard has previously been ranked for his Superfund practice.
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2016 listed 14 Jackson Walker partners among its top lawyers in a number of energy-related practice areas, including Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law, Natural Resources Law, Derivatives and Futures Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Environmental Law, and Regulatory Enforcement

The skill and expertise of our attorneys enables us to provide high levels of service to our energy clients in a broad range of diverse specialties such as bankruptcy, tax, regulatory, litigation, environmental, intellectual property, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and any number of other practice areas. Jackson Walker began by providing legal services to the energy industry, and we remain committed to continuing and expanding upon that tradition.

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