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R.J. Colwell's practice focuses on energy regulation and administrative litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other federal agencies, including rate regulation, regulatory compliance, and certificate and authorization matters. R.J. also advises clients in the negotiation of various agreements related to the production, gathering, transportation, and storage of petroleum and natural gas (to include natural gas liquids [NGLs] and liquefied natural gas [LNG]). Furthermore, R.J. counsels clients on energy regulatory issues associated with the sale or acquisition of petroleum and natural gas assets.

Before attending law school, R.J. served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery officer, attaining the rank of Captain in three years. During his military service, R.J. deployed to Iraq and was awarded several prestigious decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

R.J. is a member of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and serves on the EBA Gas, Oil & Liquids Steering Committee. He is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


  • Nine Point Energy secures trial victory clearing path for successful reorganization through sale of its assetsJones Day represents an oil and gas exploration and production company, Nine Point Energy, that is the Debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy case, leading to the successful ruling from the bench concluding that at least $150 million of the $157 million in liens asserted by Caliber were invalid, thus, clearing the path for the successful reorganization of Nine Point through a sale of its assets.
  • Student obtains previously denied special education servicesJones Day and Disability Rights Texas successfully mediated and settled a Special Education Due Process hearing complaint brought on behalf of a minor student against Huntsville Independent School District.
  • Large natural gas producer participates in NGA Section 4 rate caseJones Day is representing a natural gas producer in Appalachia as the largest shipper in an NGA Section 4 rate case filed at FERC by one of the largest natural gas pipelines in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • Natural gas processors oppose gas quality filing at FERCJones Day is representing two natural gas processors in opposing a gas quality filing made at FERC by one of the largest natural gas pipelines in the Bakken Shale/Williston Basin.