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Energy & Utilities

Our multidisciplinary team of attorneys draws on experience with high-stakes complex litigation, government investigations and enforcement, and transactional work to serve clients in the energy and utilities sector. Fortune 50 companies, key regional players, and other entities turn to RSHC to help them manage risk, comply with regulations, and resolve disputes, no matter how complex and protracted. Our long-term relationships with clients have yielded a deep understanding of their businesses and the challenges they face.

We have experience delivering creative solutions across a broad spectrum of areas including:

Litigation and Enforcement Related Work

  • Investigations and enforcement actions by agencies such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), National Futures Association (NFA), and others in matters involving alleged market manipulation, insider trading, mishandling of funds, fraudulent transactions, and more
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) analysis and contribution litigation, as well as historical contamination and remediation efforts
  • Litigation around state-level regulatory action, including alleged violations of state Environmental Protection Acts and state Oil and Gas Acts
  • Contract negotiation and dispute resolution in the clean energy space (wind, solar, nuclear)
  • Advising companies working at the intersection of autonomous vehicles and clean energy
  • Personal injury, environmental, and nuisance claims related to production and storage facilities
  • Contract disputes with the federal government
  • Environmental contamination, trespass, personal injury, premises liability, and nuisance claims, as well as federal putative class action cases alleging civil RICO and property damage claims
  • Land rights cases
  • Construction disputes with construction companies and suppliers
  • Intellectual property and copyright matters across the energy and utilities space

Counseling Clients on Regulatory Compliance, Construction, and Expansion

  • Matters involving whistleblower incentives and protections
  • Permitting processes for federal regulations including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, storm-water section 404 permits through the Army Corp of Engineers, and more
  • Application processes for state and local construction permits
  • Real estate transactions requiring environmental due diligence; creating “best practices” manuals
  • Compliance with clean energy regulations, including the Price Anderson Amendments Act and others
  • Pipeline construction and maintenance
  • Matters related to disruptive trading practices, swaps reporting, foreign futures and options trading, cryptocurrency-related regulations, and trading risk, and more