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 2021, Above the Law listed Jackson Walker among the top 11 outside counsel in the energy industry. Since 2014, the U.S. News – Best Lawyers‘ “Best Law Firms” has ranked the Firm among the National Tier 1 list for Oil and Gas Law and Natural Resources Law. The Firm also regularly receives Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in Austin for Energy Regulatory Law, in Dallas/Fort Worth for Energy Law and Oil and Gas 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 2012-2022 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide. The Firm has consistently been ranked among the top firms in Texas in the area of “Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity),” with Austin partners Meghan Griffiths and Kirk Rasmussen ranked in Texas since 2017 and 2018, respectively.
  • The Best Lawyers in America consistently recognizes Jackson Walker attorneys in the areas of Derivatives and Futures Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Natural Resources Law, and Oil and Gas Law.
  • Lawdragon recognized eight Jackson Walker attorneys in its inaugural list of the “Lawdragon 500 Leading Environmental and Energy Lawyers.”

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

Robert M. Biedrzycki

Robert M. Biedrzycki

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7756

Ali Burner

Ali Burner

Associate, Austin
512.236.2004

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

Brandon Durrett

Brandon Durrett

Senior Counsel, San Antonio
210.978.7781

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

Partner, 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

Associate, 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

Courtney R. Wade

Courtney R. Wade

Associate, Houston
713.752.4291

Len A. Wade

Len A. Wade

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7263

Michael W. Wood

Michael W. Wood

Partner, Houston
713.752.4549

September 21, 2022
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 64 “Texas Super Lawyers” of 2022

Each year, less than 5% of attorneys in Texas are named to the list. Selection is based off of peer nominations that are then reviewed by a research team. Each nominee is evaluated on his or her professional accomplishments, peer recognition, and community involvement.

Winter storm natural gas transport

September 9, 2022
Insights

Three Key Provisions in New “Weatherization” Rules by Railroad Commission of Texas

By Taylor Holcomb  |  In the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri, the Texas Legislature in Senate Bill 3 (2021) required the Railroad Commission of Texas to adopt rules requiring certain pipeline facility operators to weatherize equipment in order to maintain reliability during extreme weather conditions. The Railroad Commission’s implementing rules, adopted August 30, 2022, and memorialized in Statewide Rule 66, impose immediate compliance obligations on a number of upstream and midstream operators.

San Antonio with Jackson Walker logo

September 6, 2022
Attorney News

‘Scene in S.A.’ Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2022 “Best S.A. Lawyers” List

Jackson Walker congratulates the 42 practicing attorneys in the San Antonio office who were included in Scene in S.A.’s 2022 “Best S.A. Lawyers” list.

Mike Nasi with Jackson Walker logo

August 26, 2022
Speaking Engagements

Mike Nasi to Moderate “Governors Energy Caucus” Panel at the SSEB Annual Meeting

As Special Counsel to the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), Mike Nasi will moderate a panel featuring South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant at the SSEB Annual Meeting on August 30, 2022.

August 18, 2022
Attorney News

‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 214 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2023 Edition, Including 11 “Lawyers of the Year” and 41 “Ones to Watch”

The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 214 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 79 specialty practice areas in its 2023 edition, including 11 Lawyers of the Year and 41 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.

Renewable energy with Jackson Walker logo

August 16, 2022
Insights

What the Energy Industry Should Know About the Inflation Reduction Act

By Ali Burner and Amy Baird

President Joe Biden is set to sign into law the Inflation Reduction Act, which is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 40% by 2030 and to invest $369 billion in energy security and climate change. This article summarizes how the new law impacts new and existing investors, developers, and producers in the energy industry.

Michael Nasi UN CCUS panel

August 1, 2022
Speaking Engagements

Mike Nasi Briefs United Nations on CCUS as a Solution to Energy Poverty and CO2 Emissions

At a high-level briefing for the Group of 77 and China, Mike Nasi joined a panel that addressed how the commercial-scale adoption of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) can lower emissions of CO2 and assure global energy growth.

Courtney Wade with Jackson Walker logo

July 26, 2022
Attorney News

Courtney Wade Selected to Institute for Energy Law Leadership Class

Courtney Wade has been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 Leadership Class of the Institute for Energy Law (IEL).

Mike Nasi with Jackson Walker logo

July 8, 2022
Speaking Engagements

Mike Nasi Presents “The EPA Transport Rule” at SSEB Meeting

As Special Counsel to the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), Michael Nasi will present “The EPA Transport Rule” at the Joint Annual Briefing to Southern Legislative Leaders and Committee on Carbon Management Meeting held in conjunction with the Southern Legislative Conference on July 9, 2022.

Power plant with Jackson Walker logo

July 6, 2022
Insights

U.S. Supreme Court Endorses Major Questions Doctrine as Interpretive Canon in EPA Ruling

By Michael Nasi, Jennifer Caughey, Taylor Holcomb, & Cody Vaughn

The United States Supreme Court held in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (No. 20-1530) that EPA may not rely upon Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to “force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal.” Citing the “major questions doctrine,” the Court explained that a Congressional delegation of “unprecedented power” requires a clear statement that is simply not present in the Clean Air Act.

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