The Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team is made up of attorneys and paraprofessionals who provide comprehensive services to the energy industry across the firm’s major practices. Team attorneys have been top-listed in a number of energy-related practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA. In fact, the authors of Chambers USA described our energy team as a “Sizable team offering regional and national strength.” Team members provide solutions tailored to the specific needs of each energy client, making our team the go-to choice for developers, producers, midstream and service companies in Appalachia, the Mid-Continent, and the Rockies.

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Representative Experience

  • Completed multi-million dollar acquisitions and divestitures of mineral, royalties, and other upstream interests
  • Handled large-scale due diligence projects related to mineral, royalties and other upstream interests
  • Advised multiple oil and gas exploration companies in the interpretation of North Dakota Industrial Commission, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Texas Railroad Commission, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, and Montana Board of Oil and Gas statutes and regulations applicable to fee, state and federal lands
  • Experienced in unitization, joint operations, DEP and PUC regulation, and local land use regulation
  • Reorganization of a Fortune 500 energy company into separate coal and oil and gas companies
  • Advised an oil and gas exploration company in the interpretation of federal statutes and regulations governing common carrier designations for operators of pipeline easements and rights-of-way covering federal lands in northwest Utah
  • Assisted clients with due diligence in connection to asset transfers in both rural and urban lands in Texas
  • Advised an oil and gas services company in the interpretation of tribal rights, employment ordinances, and compliance procedures concerning oil and gas operations regarding tribal lands in AZ, ND, UT, and WY
  • Assisted Fortune 100-500 companies in connection with the drilling of several hundred wells for the exploration and development of oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin
  • Prepared joint operating agreements, drilling commitment agreements, override agreements, and other documents defining parties’ rights and responsibilities in operating and producing in agreed-upon contract areas
  • Documented and helped negotiate a multi-faceted and complex $250 million transaction leading to the purchase of a large crude oil storage and terminalling facility located in the Caribbean


  • Nationally recognized U.S. Energy Law Firm
  • $20B in recent complex energy transactions
  • More than 100 years of experience in energy law
  • Team attorneys who have served in top leadership positions in some of the country’s largest energy companies
  • Scalable, time-sensitive solutions to meet client needs
  • Transferrable oil and gas experience
  • Robust abstracting resources
  • Strategic locations in or near major U.S. shale plays, including the Eagle Ford, Niobrara, Marcellus, Permian, and Utica basins
  • Energy transactional team made up of seasoned energy attorneys capable of completing multi-billion dollar transactions
  • Utilization of the latest technology, including Quorum Land Management System

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