Energy

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 2014-2019 editions of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, Jackson Walker received a Tier 1 national ranking in Oil and Gas Law and Natural Resources Law. The Firm regularly receives Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in Austin for Environmental Law, in Dallas for Energy Law, and in Houston for Oil and Gas Law and Natural Resources Law.

Our Energy practice has also been recognized in several other legal guides and directories, including:

  • Jackson Walker energy partners were recognized in the 2012-2019 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 in 2018 listed 20 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 experience 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.

Heath Armstrong
Heath Armstrong

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2098

Amy L. Baird
Amy L. Baird

Partner, Houston
713.752.4525

John Beckworth
John Beckworth

Of Counsel, Austin
512.236.2034

Craig R. Bennett
Craig R. Bennett

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2087

Robert M. Biedrzycki
Robert M. Biedrzycki

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7756

Stephanie L. Chandler
Stephanie L. Chandler

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7704

Drew Darby
Drew Darby

Of Counsel, Austin
512.236.2092

David G. Dunlap
David G. Dunlap

Partner, Houston
713.752.4401

Jennifer Ferri
Jennifer Ferri

Partner, Austin
512.236.2029

Joe Flack
Joe Flack

Partner, Houston
713.752.4305

Alicia R. French
Alicia R. French

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2352

Jeffrey R. Gilmore
Jeffrey R. Gilmore

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7285

Carl E. Glaze
Carl E. Glaze

Senior Counsel, Dallas
214.953.5808

Peter E. Hosey
Peter E. Hosey

Partner, San Antonio
210.228.2423

Anna R. Irion
Anna R. Irion

Partner, Houston
713.752.4229

Jonathan B. Judkowitz
Jonathan B. Judkowitz

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4411

Patrick Knapp
Patrick Knapp

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5963

Jesse S. Lotay
Jesse S. Lotay

Partner, Houston
713.752.4364

Julia W. Mann
Julia W. Mann

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7761

Reagan M. Marble
Reagan M. Marble

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7770

Adam L. Plumbley
Adam L. Plumbley

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7284

Joseph P. Regan
Joseph P. Regan

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7271

Yenmi Tang
Yenmi Tang

Staff Attorney, Houston
713.752.4333

Kirk Tucker
Kirk Tucker

Partner, Houston
713.752.4389

Amanda L. Van Deusen
Amanda L. Van Deusen

Professional Landman & Title Analyst, Houston
713.752.4315

Paul E. Vrana
Paul E. Vrana

Of Counsel, Fort Worth
817.334.7233

Courtney R. Wade
Courtney R. Wade

Associate, Houston
713.752.4291

Michael W. Wood
Michael W. Wood

Partner, Houston
713.752.4549

August 19, 2021
Attorney News

‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 178 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2022 Edition, Including 8 “Lawyers of the Year” and 31 “Ones to Watch”

The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 178 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 67 specialty practice areas in its 2022 edition, including 8 Lawyers of the Year and 31 Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers listings are based on an exhaustive peer review survey of thousands of attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of others in their practice areas.

Kate Goodrich with Jackson Walker logo

August 12, 2021
Attorney News

Kate Goodrich Presents on Recent Legislation Impacting Energy and Environmental Laws in Texas

During the 33rd Annual Texas Environmental Superconference, Jackson Walker attorney Kate Goodrich joined Elizabeth Fazio Hale of Gulf Coast Authority for a legislative update on recent legislation related to the electric market, energy, and environmental laws.

Colorado River and downtown Austin

August 3, 2021
Attorney News

‘Austin Monthly’ Lists 20 Jackson Walker Attorneys Among “Austin’s Top Attorneys” of 2021

Jackson Walker congratulates the 20 attorneys recognized among “Austin’s Top Attorneys” for 2021. For recognition in the list, Austin attorneys must be nominated by their peers on the basis that they offer experienced counsel in one of 43 categories.

July 12, 2021
Press Releases

Powering the Future, Together: D CEO Texas Energy Awards Recognize Leaders in Oil, Natural Gas, and Renewable Energy

Texas remains the top energy-producing state in the nation and a pacesetter in renewable energy, and the fourth annual D CEO Texas Energy Awards brings executives in oil, natural gas, wind, and solar together to recognize the shared impact and leadership of Texans across all forms of energy production.

June 22, 2021
Mentions

Williams Cos. Can’t Escape Kansas Natural Gas Price-Fix Suit | Law360 (Subscription Required)

A three-judge panel rejected an appeal of a lower court’s decision not to grant the Williams Cos., Dynegy Marketing & Trade and others summary judgment in the price-fixing suit, but the panel came up with a different reason for its ruling. Dynegy is represented by Edwin M. Buffmire, Adam Aston, Jennifer Caughey, Heather Heartfield, Jay K. Wieser and Joseph A. Fischer III of Jackson Walker LLP.

Electricity meter power

June 11, 2021
Mentions

ERCOT Granted MDL For Texas Winter Storm Suits | Law360 (Subscription Required)

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. and other defendants facing lawsuits over loss of power and water services during February’s deadly winter storm can consolidate 157 related cases in a multidistrict litigation pretrial court, a state panel has ruled. The Texas Supreme Court’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted a request on Thursday to address the cases together after the defendants asked that they be grouped given the similar circumstances of the lawsuits that sprung up after Winter Storm Uri caused outages across the state.

Lesser prairie-chicken with JW logo

June 8, 2021
Insights

Proposed Listing of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Under Endangered Species Act and Potential Impact on Energy Projects

By Jerry Webberman, Alicia French, Jesse Lotay, & Ben Rhem

On June 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. If finalized, the species would be listed as endangered in the Southern DPS, which is located in West Texas and New Mexico and overlaps with the oil- and gas-rich Permian Basin, and threatened in the Northern DPS, located in the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. Public hearings to gather comments on the proposal will be held on July 8 and July 14, and all public comments must be submitted by August 2, 2021.

June 2, 2021
Mentions

Winter Storm Windfall: Big Law Gets the Work to Defend Flood of Litigation | Texas Lawyer

ERCOT has tapped Winstead for defense, while power companies that were sued across the Lone Star State have hired Baker Botts, Vinson & Elkins, Jackson Walker and other Big Law firms.

May 20, 2021
Spotlight

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices in 2021 USA and Global Guides

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 41 attorneys and 14 departments for inclusion in the 2021 edition of the Global and USA guides.

May 10, 2021
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Expands Regulatory Practice With Addition of Heath Armstrong

With deep experience in government regulation and legislative policy, Heath Armstrong boosts the Firm’s representation of private and public clients involved in government regulation, including expanding the teams working on electric, water, telecommunication, and energy development projects.

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