Energy companies face widening stakeholder expectations focused on the concept of sustainable development of the world’s energy resources. These expectations in three critical performance areas—profitability, social responsibility and environmental stewardship—have shaped many of the business disputes in which Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been involved in support of our energy clients.
Our lawyers are located around the globe—including Houston, the energy capital of the world—and possess a thorough understanding of the oil and gas industry that spans all phases of the business, from exploration and production to transportation, refining and marketing. They have similar knowledge of the power industry, having represented generators, transmission companies and local service providers.
We have represented oil and gas companies in antitrust claims, asbestos and benzene exposure matters, class actions, title and land disputes, oilfield and refinery accidents, operating agreement disputes, joint operating claims, production accounting disputes, refinery outage and business interruption issues, and royalty and state tax issues.
In the power sector, we have represented clients in billing disputes (industrial and commercial customers), co-owner and joint venture disputes, environmental matters, fuel-supply matters (including transportation and mining issues), limitation and liability issues, outage and business interruption claims, nuclear power issues, power plant and co-generation facility construction, rates and tariffs matters, and warranty and insurance claims.
In any engagement, our energy litigators have at their disposal colleagues with focused experience in:
- class action
- complex commercial litigation
- construction litigation
- government contracts
- international arbitration
- intellectual property
- labor and employment
- securities litigation
- Supreme Court and appellate
- toxic tort, product liability and scientific litigation.
In Akin Gump’s view, the key to litigation success is to have the creativity to knock out claims at the earliest possible stage; the flexibility to reach advantageous settlements, where appropriate; and the experience and talent to take cases to trial, if necessary—and win.