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Lewis, Mark K.
Mark K. Lewis
Managing Partner, Washington, D.C.
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Mark Lewis is a member of Bracewell's energy practice, where he focuses on oil and gas pipeline and related midstream and regulatory matters. He is Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His clients include oil and gas pipeline developers, owners, operators and investors; oil and gas producers and marketers; gas distributors; and large industrial energy consumers.

Mark handles U.S. and global oil and gas pipeline development projects with respect to project structuring, contracting and governmental approvals. He represents regulated pipelines, pipeline ownership interests regarding pipeline management issues, clients in transactions involving the acquisition of pipeline companies and pipeline assets, and shippers contracting with pipelines.

In his practice, Mark provides legal counsel in contract negotiations involving operating, transportation, and gas purchase and sale agreements, and advises clients regarding regulatory aspects of contract, tariff, rate and compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and various state regulatory agencies.

Mark is nationally ranked by Legalease Ltd., Legal 500 USA Energy: Regulatory, 2015. According to 2015 edition of Legal 500, Washington D.C.-based Kirk Morgan and managing partner Mark Lewis ‘stand out in a class by themselves, and their ability to translate regulatory issues into creative commercial solutions is unbeatable.’

Representative Matters

Advise midstream company on the development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline, including FERC certificate issues and commercial agreements (ongoing)

Advise EQT Corporation on the development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline, including FERC certificate issues and commercial agreements (ongoing)

Advise EQT Corporation on a major expansion of the Equitrans L.P. interstate natural gas pipeline system, including FERC certificate issues and commercial agreements (ongoing)

Advise Targa Resources regarding a rate case for an interstate natural gas pipeline subsidiary (ongoing)

Advise the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the development of the Kashagan oil field, the largest discovered, undeveloped oil field in the world (ongoing)

Advised EQT Corporation on commercial contracting and regulatory approvals associated with EQT’s sale of its gas utility and receipt by exchange of approximately 200 miles of transmission pipeline that required FERC certificate authority to be integrated into EQT’s interstate pipeline company (2012 - 2013).

Advise Equitrans, an interstate gas pipeline, on tariff, rate and certificate matters (ongoing).

Advise various Kinder Morgan entities on midstream pipeline project structuring and regulatory issues (ongoing).

Advise Sunoco Logistics on commercial and regulatory matters related to the development of the Permian Express 2 project to transport crude oil from west Texas to the Houston area (2013 – 2014).

Advise Delek Logistics on crude oil and refined products pipeline commercial contracting and regulatory matters (ongoing).

Advised Delek Logistics on a long term lease of refined products pipeline capacity from Enterprise Products, including the lease negotiation and the applicable regulatory treatment (2013).

Advise Delek Logistics on the potential repurposing to interstate commerce of an existing pipeline asset (ongoing).

Advise Colonial Pipeline on regulatory issues, including service structuring (ongoing).

Advise Energy Transfer Partners on commercial contracting and regulatory issues associated with the development of Dakota Access Pipeline, a major new interstate crude oil pipeline system (ongoing).

Advise Targa Resources on a variety of midstream commercial and regulatory matters (ongoing).

Advise Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings on the development of a new crude oil and refined products pipeline system (ongoing).

Advise La Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec regarding investments in United States pipeline infrastructure and related transactions (ongoing)

Publications and Speeches

“Reasonable Rates of Return Benefits Pipelines and Shippers Alike,” Pipelines & Gas Journal, October 2016.

“Another Bite at the Apple: Renegotiating Rates with Distressed Shippers,” Pipelines & Gas Journal, July 2016.

“Court Decision Could Change Tax Burden on Pipeline MLPs,” Midstream Business, July 2016.

“Credit Challenges to Project Development,” Midstream Business, July 2015.

“FERC Issues Pair of Oil Pipeline Audits,” Pipeline & Gas Journal, August 2015.

“Pipeline Audits,” American Petroleum Institute’s 2015 Pipeline Conference and Control Room Forum, April 2015.

Co-author, "Pipelines for New Energy," Energy & Infrastructure, April 2013.

Chairman, Platts Annual Pipeline Development and Expansion Conference, Houston, Texas, 2008-2012.

Co-author, "An Uneven Playing Field Exists in Oil Versus Gas Pipeline Development," Oil  & Gas Financial Journal, October 1, 2011.

Co-author, "FERC Natural Gas Enforcement Hopefully Improved Under New Administration," Natural Gas & Electricity, February 2009.

Co-author, "Europe Needs to Break Out of a Captive Market," The Financial Times, June 19, 2007.


J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1990
B.S., magna cum laude, University of Maryland College Park, 1987

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Member, Advisory Board for the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland
Member, Advisory Council, Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps


Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2011-2017
Chambers & Partners, Chambers USAEnergy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2006-2016
Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Energy: Regulatory, 2012, 2014-2016; Project Finance, 2010
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Oil & Gas Law, 2007-2017
International Law Office Client Choice Award, 2014