The energy sector is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States. Accordingly, managing the role and impact of regulatory agencies on an energy project is a fundamental part of doing business. Liskow is ready to help. We provide knowledgeable, strategic, and actionable counsel to energy clients dealing with the inevitable – and profound – role regulatory agencies play in their operations.
Liskow’s services are comprehensive. We serve every aspect of the energy industry, with a special emphasis on oil and gas. Our lawyers advise an equally wide array of energy clients, including oil companies ranging from the world’s largest to small independents, as well as companies engaged in marketing, distribution, investment, refining, and more. Finally, we offer deep experience with virtually every state, local and federal regulatory body imaginable, including the Department of Energy, SEC, Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, and in particular, regulatory bodies from the state of Louisiana.
Our reputation precedes us
Our services are notoriously effective. We have a decades-long history of establishing collaborative working relationship with regulatory bodies, and are both a known and highly sought-after voice. When our lawyers express their points of view, Liskow’s reputation for credibility, probity, trustworthiness, and knowledge goes with them. This makes us successful negotiators and influential participants in both the interpretation of rules and the rulemaking process.
Guidance for a full range of needs
We’re also skilled advisors to any client dealing with regulatory issues, which is to say, anyone involved in an energy project. Liskow helps clients understand the business and legal ramifications of the regulations, assists them in developing strategies and approaches for managing any issues, and guides them in putting them into effect. Whether a client is developing, investing in or funding a project, or contemplating acquisition, divestiture, or simply commercializing, we know the prevailing laws and regulations and can provide business-focused and practical guidance.
We see around corners – in other words, we spot issues before they’re issues
Of paramount importance to our energy clients is our skill at helping them see what’s coming and adapt to it. Our deep experience with the regulatory regimes in effect in the energy industry, and our close association with their development, means we can spot trends early, advise our clients, and deliver proactive, rather than reactive, responses. This capability is particularly pivotal when – as is often the case – there are multiple regulators with simultaneous jurisdiction over the same project.
And in the event of a dispute, or actual litigation, we are tough, strategic, and highly effective advocates in whatever forum applies. We are not scorched-earth litigators – nobody becomes enmeshed in a dispute if there’s a reasonable way to avoid it. But if there isn’t, and if we believe it’s in our client’s best interest, we will fight and fight to win, however the client defines it.
In the energy industry, regulation is a given and a constant. Dealing with regulation is simply a cost of doing business. At Liskow, we believe that the best way to succeed is to carefully manage it, and the best way to manage regulation is to combine the deepest experience, foresight, strategic thinking, and just plain “been-there, done-that.” That’s what we do.