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Shoneman, Chuck
Charles Shoneman
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Karen Bishop


Chuck Shoneman is a senior partner in Bracewell's energy regulatory group. Chuck represents energy industry participants before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), various state public utility commissions, and in appellate courts. His practice involves strategic counseling, project authorization, transactional, ratemaking and tariff, regulatory litigation, compliance and enforcement matters.

Chuck advises clients with respect to the energy regulatory aspects of: commercial contracting; infrastructure projects; structured transactions and asset management arrangements; mergers, acquisitions and asset sales; financings;  and natural gas and LNG imports and exports.

Chuck’s clients include: domestic and international oil and natural gas producers; natural gas gatherers, processors, pipelines, and local distributors; LNG import and export project developers and participants; participants in large energy infrastructure projects;  industrial and commercial energy users; electric utilities and  generators; underground gas storage operators; natural gas and power marketers and traders; governmental entities; and commercial banks, investment banks and other lenders to the energy industry.

Recent Matters

Represented large international LNG market participant in connection with the regulatory aspects of a U.S. LNG export project and related gas transportation matters.

Assisted client with internal review arising from third-party allegations of improper conduct.

Advised large Asian utility regarding U.S. LNG export policy and developments.

Represented major energy marketer in FERC Enforcement investigation of activities in Western markets.

Represented Shell Energy at FERC in the precedent-setting case Texican v. Southern Natural Gas regarding pipeline open seasons.

Assisted developer in connection with natural gas transportation arrangements for potential large-scale GTL plant project.

Represented Shell LNG in connection with the acquisition of capacity in the Cove Point and Elba Island LNG terminals and on Elba Express Pipeline, and in related FERC certificate, rate and tariff proceedings.

Represented ConocoPhillips in cases concerning Alaska natural gas pipeline matters at FERC.

Represented large international petroleum terminal operator in connection with the acquisition of LNG terminal projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Represented numerous large shippers in connection with natural gas pipeline open seasons, precedent agreements and transportation arrangements.

Represented Peoples Gas System, a division of Tampa Electric Company in Southern Natural Gas' and Florida Gas' major rate cases at FERC.

Represented Tampa Electric Company in connection with new gas transportation arrangements with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line and in pipeline’s FERC rate case.

Represented various North American energy marketers in connection with structured natural gas transactions and asset management agreements.

Represented pipeline owner in connection with conversion from oil to natural gas use.

Represented Sithe Independence in renegotiation of major natural gas transportation contracts and related FERC regulatory proceedings.

Represented a group of large natural gas marketers in connection with major changes to FERC's capacity release rules to facilitate asset management arrangements (Order 712).

Represented numerous natural gas trading firms in connection with waivers of FERC's capacity release rules to facilitate dispositions of gas trading books and assets and mergers and acquisitions.

Prepared FERC regulatory compliance manuals and provided compliance training for numerous clients.

Assisted large domestic energy marketer with the preparation of a regulatory compliance audit program and conducted audit.

Represented numerous natural gas trading firms in connection with internal regulatory compliance reviews, self-reports to FERC, and FERC and CFTC Enforcement investigations.

Represented individual trader in connection with FERC market manipulation investigation.

Represented ConocoPhillips in connection with an investigation and settlement with FERC Enforcement regarding capacity release issues.

Represented Constellation NewEnergy in connection with an investigation and settlement with FERC Enforcement regarding capacity release issues.

Represented large energy marketer in connection with market manipulation investigation by FERC and CFTC.

Recent Publications, Presentations and Speeches

"New Ruling on FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Authority," Law Seminars International telebriefing, April, 2013

"The Emergence of Liquefied Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel in North America," American Bar Association Petroleum Marketing Attorneys Meeting, April 2012


J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School, 1972
B.A., Duke University, 1969

Court Admissions

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court


American Bar Association
Energy Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar


Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2006-2016
Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2010-2016; Energy, 2005-2009
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Energy: Regulatory, 2013; Energy: Litigation, 2008-2009
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Energy Law; Oil & Gas Law, 2009-2017; Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year, 2012 Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Area
Expert Guides to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2013