Proficiency, responsiveness and common sense

Butler Snow’s energy team is known for assembling just the right talented specialists for your company’s specific business needs—and deftly adjusting that team as your needs change.

While we have experience working with clients of all sizes—from very large energy companies to individuals who need help with royalty matters—we have developed particularly strong proficiencies working with small- and mid-sized companies at a regional level.

Our energy team routinely works with clients on pipeline projects, plant construction and finance, and midstream gathering/processing contracts. We also do customized work for large energy companies with operations located throughout the country—particularly handling local and regional matters, where we have established ties and a solid reputation.

We are familiar with, and continuously monitor, the rapidly changing energy landscape at the state level, and we fully understand the specific characteristics of the court systems in several states within our footprint, including New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado and the southern United States. This focused local knowledge combined with nationally recognized specialists delivers a distinctive set of resources for our energy clients that few firms can provide.


We routinely provide services ranging from licensing, remediation and joint ventures to mergers and acquisitions, project finance and development, and tax incentives. The areas we counsel include, but are not limited to:

  • Pipelines
  • Electric generation
  • Eminent domain
  • Renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind
  • Gas processing
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance work before state oil & gas regulatory agencies
  • Finance/tax incentives
  • Industrial revenue bonds, including sales-tax exemptions
  • Property tax abatements
  • New market tax credits
  • Creative project financing
  • Section 29 unconventional gas production credits


Our trial lawyers have established regional and national reputations as leaders in energy law litigation matters. Members of our team serve as lead counsel for gas contract cases, often involving tens of millions of dollars, as well as right-of-way disputes for pipeline clients. Our firm also represents clients in explosions, well blowouts and other incidents, as well as defending personal injury suits involving leaks, infrastructure collapses, flash fires and construction defects. A sampling of the cases we handle include:

  • Midstream strategies and contract negotiations
  • Gas royalty disputes
  • Right-of-way condemnation proceedings and disputes
  • Trespass and breach of contract disputes
  • Personal injury/premises liability
  • State and federal royalty compliance


We have a far deeper bench and a broader footprint than typical boutique energy firms, which allows us to resolve client matters across the legal spectrum. We also provide full senior-level attention to our individual, small- and mid-sized clients, which is often not possible at large law firms.

At every level, we embrace our clients’ entrepreneurial spirit—rolling up our own sleeves to help accomplish their goals in creative and cost-effective ways.


Across offices, across practice specialties—our team provides solutions that are backed by the expertise and talents of our attorneys in every office. When you need a legal service, even if that service is not normally associated with energy law, we can provide an expert to efficiently and effectively handle your matter.

This one-stop synergy helps us save you money and time. You can confidently expect us to deliver the right people, at the right time, in the right place across the spectrum of legal services.


  • Represented royalty owners and individuals in class action litigation.
  • Represented the states of New Mexico and Wyoming as special assistant attorney generals regarding underpaid severance taxes and royalties due on oil and gas production.
  • Serving as lead Mississippi counsel for several pipeline projects ranging in size from $100 million to over $1 billion and totaling over 700 miles, with services including right-of-way acquisition, eminent domain actions, permitting, tax incentives, bond financing and environmental, real estate, regulatory and other commercial issues.
  • Represented independent power producers in connection with site selection, project development and on-going operations for more than 15 facilities ranging in size from $250 million to over $500 million, and in proceedings before the Public Service Commission.
  • Negotiated incentive packages for natural gas processing and underground storage facilities ranging from $100 million to $300 million.
  • Represented several major and independent oil companies in examining land titles (including both stand-up title examination and abstract examination) for acquisition, drilling and division order title opinions.
  • Represented oil companies and individual operators in a variety of litigation and other disputes resolved without litigation involving underground trespass, farmout agreements, operating agreements, easement disputes, gas sales contracts, wellbore damage during drilling or reworking operations, gas processing agreements, joint venture agreements, drilling contracts, etc.