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Amy E. Parker
Amy Parker concentrates her practice on the representation and counsel of U.S. and international energy-industry clients in a wide-range of commercial litigation disputes. She has broad experience representing natural gas and power marketing companies against allegations of market manipulation and related trading violations in both federal court proceedings as well as investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). She played a leading role in the defense of the largest supplier of power to the State of California during the 2000-2001 Energy Crisis in a multiple-docket litigation at FERC that culminated in a $750 million omnibus settlement in 2014. Her experience in competitive markets also extends into the field of antitrust litigation.
Ms. Parker also has a strong background in representing clients involved in complex environmental, products liability, and toxic-tort litigation. Her work involves defending clients against claims brought by both private parties and government entities alike. She has defended national and multi-national refining companies against groundwater contamination claims brought by private parties, attorneys general, and state environmental protection agencies. She was also a member of the team that successfully achieved the first federal court summary judgment victory in a case involving claims of groundwater contamination linked to hydraulic fracturing and drilling activities. Her commercial litigation experience also includes a wide range of commercial disputes involving mineral rights, class actions, securities fraud, shareholder litigation and corporate merger transactions.
Ms. Parker is also a member of the firm’s eDiscovery and Information Governance practice group. She has extensive experience aiding clients in effectively and efficiently managing their electronic discovery obligations. Her work includes the oversight of both in-house and outside contract attorneys, coordination with outside vendors and internal information and technology departments, and management of expansive databases of both electronic documents and audio recordings.
San Diego Gas & Electric Company v. Sellers of Energy and Ancillary Service into Markets Owned by the California Independent System Operator Corporation and the California Power Exchange before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Docket No. EL00-95-045. Puget Sound Energy, Inc. v. All Jurisdictional Sellers of Energy and/or Capacity at Wholesale into Electric Energy and/or Capacity Markets in the Pacific Northwest, Including Parties to the Western System Power Pool Agreement. Docket No. EL01-10-085. Represented a major Canadian, provincially-owned electric utility’s power marketing subsidiary against claims of market manipulation, tariff violations, and other fraudulent and deceptive trade practices arising out of the 2000-2001 California Energy Crisis.
Aspire Commodities, LP v. GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Inc. Defended GDF SUEZ against allegations of market manipulation and associated violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. Successfully achieved full dismissal with prejudice as a result of arguments asserted in motion to dismiss challenging the legal underpinnings of Plaintiffs’ causes of action. The ruling established a safe harbor from the private right of action under the Commodity Exchange Act for energy transactions undertaken in the ERCOT wholesale electricity market and has similar implications in markets across the country including CAISO, ISO New England, MISO, NYISO, and PJM.
Representing a leading refining and petrochemical company in a nationwide docket of groundwater contamination and product liability cases. Acting as national counsel for a litigation currently consolidated in MDL in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
Hagy v. BJ Services, No. 12-1926 (4th Cir. 2013). Represented BJ Services in litigation brought by land owners in West Virginia claiming groundwater contamination and personal injuries from fracking and drilling activities. The district court dismissed all claims against defendants on summary judgment and, in the first federal circuit court decision addressing fracking, the summary judgment dismissal was affirmed for lack of causation.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005
B.A., with honors and special honors in Plan II, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002
U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Energy Bar Association
Texas Bar Foundation