Shackelford has a highly-experienced energy litigation team that has handled a wide-variety of energy and oil & gas disputes in the various courts of Texas and throughout the country. In addition, the attorneys at Shackelford are some of the most experienced in commercial disputes and claims that relate to natural gas pipeline transmission and interstate transportation, including highly technical conflicts involving:

• Pipelines and transportation contracts
• Delivery and compressor stations
• Turbines and compressors, including defect and damage claims
• Gas quality and contamination claims
• Odorization
• Finance and investment
• Construction
• Complex operational and management issues

Over the years, we’ve tried, arbitrated and mediated cases that touch on virtually every aspect of the energy industry. We’ve dealt, for example, with complex federal jurisdictional questions, including briefing such issues before the U.S. Supreme Court. We also work with clients on:

• Oilfield services contacts
• Drilling and construction delays
• Construction defect and cost overrun claims
• Fraud and misrepresentation involving investments in shale, oil, gas, mineral and wind resources
• Seismic and geophysical issues
• Personal injury and employment claims related to oilfield operations
• Power plants
• Renewables and wind farms

Significant representative engagements handled by the energy litigation team include:

• Representing several interstate natural gas pipelines in the massive Calpine bankruptcy, filed in the Southern District of New York, on breach of contract claims, ultimately recovering over $400 million (net) for clients

• Representing a pipeline in a two-week arbitration hearing in Oregon relating to defective software development. Obtained award of over $16 million, including attorneys’ fees, which was upheld on appeal

• Defended pipeline against claims by a power plant regarding gas quality and damage to turbomachinery. Settled matter on “eve” of trial for between 1-2 percent of original damages claimed

• Represented pipeline in multi-million-dollar claim over construction delays

• Prepared for month-long arbitration hearing regarding multi-million-dollar claims over defective gas turbines, with case settling on the “eve” of the hearing

• Represented pipeline in claims against major electrical generator in breach of contract claims that raised issues of first impression under the Canadian toll structure

• Prepared for two-week arbitration hearing relating to competing claims for construction disputes in a delivery station, obtaining $1.6 million award for client against contractor

• Defended interstate pipeline in odorization dispute in which over $2 million in damages were claimed. Obtained complete summary judgment for client

• Defended developer of Maine wind farm in New York lawsuit against multi-million-dollar claims for breach of contract, obtaining complete summary judgment for client

• Prosecuted claims for easement contamination against pipeline

• Represented oil and gas developer against international bank in North Dakota trade secret dispute, ultimately recovering a judgment of over $1.8 million after trial

• Represented drilling contract to recover over $1 million (net) in dispute with oil and gas developer

David W. Elrod
Worthy Walker
Barbara Wohlrabe