Energy, Oil and Natural Resources

Today’s energy market is dynamic and fraught with risk. Opportunities and threats to clients in the energy sector can come from anywhere in the world at any time. WLA’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group comprises exceptional and specialist lawyers in 60 countries who use their collective strength, industry knowledge and global reach to keep clients informed of critical legal trends and issues.

When your company needs knowledgeable oil, gas, and energy counsel down the street or across the globe, consider the attorneys at WLA. With law firms spread across dozens of major oil and gas-producing jurisdictions, our member law firms and lawyers know how the energy industry operates and have experience in all facets of the business, including transactions, regulatory issues, and litigation.

With law firms with experience in every major oil and gas field in the continental United States, Canada and around the globe, WLA members bring our clients in-depth knowledge of industry issues and well-developed connections in local and regional legal and business communities.

Our member firms and lawyers can assist your company in a range of exploration, production, transportation, refining, distribution, pipeline, environmental, and other legal and regulatory matters in the United States, Canada, the Gulf of Mexico, and dozens of other countries where WLA members maintain energy practices.

Areas of focus

Upstream: Exploration, production, service, acquisition, divesture (leases, wells, minerals, and royalties), and title work

Midstream: Acquisitions, divestures, building of pipelines and production infrastructure, transportation of hydrocarbons, state and federal regulatory issues

Downstream: Marketing, sales, service, refining, and chemicals
Civil litigation (Contract): Breach of contracts, JOAs, and royalty disputes
Civil litigation (Tort): Trucking accidents, workplace accidents, and pipeline explosions

Environmental: Regulatory and litigation, including state and federal agency actions

Criminal defense: Violations of federal and state laws that are not environmental in nature

Service and infrastructure: Manufacture of equipment, pipe, chemicals, and production facilities

Transportation: Ground or rail transportation of water, equipment, chemicals, and fluids

Transactional: Day-to-day legal issues, including contracts, financing, and securities

Alternative Energy: Solar, nuclear, and wind