Recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US for his outstanding experience in the energy regulatory sector, James represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in administrative litigation involving interstate oil and gas pipeline rates and tariffs. He counsels clients regarding regulatory requirements at FERC for developing new or expanded oil and gas pipelines. James also negotiates oil and gas commercial agreements, such as gathering, transportation, processing, and fractionation agreements, as well as agreements for the purchase and sale of hydrocarbons. Finally, James counsels clients regarding regulatory compliance and oil and gas commercial agreements in the context of mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry.
James is a board member of both the Energy Bar Association and the Houston Chapter of the Energy Bar Association. He has been a guest speaker and lecturer on oil and gas-related topics, including regulatory and commercial issues in shale plays.
Oil and Gas Commercial Agreements
Mergers & Acquisitions - Assistance with FERC and Commercial Agreement Issues
FERC Announces Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Be Considered in Review of Natural Gas Pipeline Certificates
"A very dedicated, devoted professional who is smart and represents his clients very well" — Chambers USA
- The University of Texas at Austin (J.D. with honors 2002; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review); University of Oklahoma (B.A. Letters summa cum laude 1999; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Recognized in Chambers USA (2017-2019)
Legal 500 US, energy regulatory (2015-2018), energy transactions (2018)