The lawyers at Liskow bring a unique combination of capabilities to our representation of clients in energy disputes. First, we have unrivaled experience in the energy industry and understand the technology involved. Second, we know the business of energy equally well. Third, we are aggressive, experienced advocates in every forum in which disputes in the industry are adjudicated. And finally, as energy is one of the most heavily regulated industries in existence, our many decades of experience in energy regulatory matters also makes us uniquely effective as trial lawyers.
Of these, perhaps our business-first orientation is particularly significant. Especially in the energy industry, we view litigation strategy as an extension of a client’s business strategy. We will go to court, or arbitration, if and only if it makes sense for our client’s business; our extensive experience working with the industry allows us to accurately make this assessment. We often proactively devise strategies to help clients avoid litigation or to best position themselves if litigation is inevitable. By working with Liskow, our clients are often able to forestall expensive, distracting litigation.
We own ownership
One area in which we are very well-known for energy litigation is disputes concerning ownership issues affecting productive or prospective acreage. Since our firm’s inception, we have assisted clients with determining title rights for oil and gas properties. For nearly nine decades, Liskow has been a leader in representing oil and gas companies in the expropriation of needed property rights for pipelines and related facilities and underground natural gas and products storage fields. Such litigation often involves large-scale projects requiring the urgent filing and prosecution of multiple suits.
These cases illustrate another unique aspect of Liskow’s leadership – our interdisciplinary team approach, particularly concerning large or complex cases. As a midsized firm, we are skilled at forming effective, agile teams for cases, as well as partnering with colleagues in different practice areas, as a dispute requires. An ownership matter, for example, may lead us to draw on the knowledge of lawyers in our real estate practice. Unlike larger firms, we easily develop and field “A-teams” that deliver exactly and only the capabilities a particular case requires. We have the bench strength and the legal firepower to handle the largest cases imaginable, yet our approach is focused on efficiency.
Masters of marketing issues
Another area of energy litigation in which we have extensive experience is marketing issues. We have represented clients in disputes over the interpretation and enforcement of natural gas take-or-pay contracts, and the propriety of charging various types of owners for their pro rata share of post-production expenses or marketing costs relating to unutilized capacity and minimum volume commitments. We are well-versed in the various issues facing producers, transporters and marketers of oil, natural gas and products, including transportation, sales, product handling and federal and state regulation of these activities.
At our best when things get serious
And when high-stakes cases become plagued with increased complexity or uncertainty, that’s when we’re at our best. Energy litigation typically involves significant capital investment, and disputes can affect the trajectory, or even the viability, of an enterprise for decades. When serious clashes really matter in the energy industry, Liskow is the firm to call.