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The rights and interests of our clients are often affected by decisions, actions and regulations of federal and state administrative agencies.

On the federal level, we have been instrumental in crafting solutions for clients before agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Treasury, and International Trade Commission.

On the state level, we work with agencies such as the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), other state public utility bodies, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

Our team of administrative lawyers represents clients on the front lines of the regulatory arena in hearings, administrative appeals, and judicial proceedings and reviews that may follow an agency's decision.  We handle a wide variety of administrative law matters including:

  • The full range of antitrust matters that businesses face, including government review of mergers and acquisitions and state authority investigations into allegedly anti-competitive activities.
  • Government contracting issues before federal courts, administrative boards and alternative dispute resolution fora.
  • In the energy sector, defending administrative and civil investigations and orders to show
  • Quick and effective response when a company is the target of an environmental enforcement action, a demand for information or other preludes to litigation.
  • Counseling and litigation arising from decisions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Convention on Antibribery issues
    Alleged violations of the Securities and Exchange Act, insider trading, fraud, reporting
    requirements and state law claims.
  • Representation of clients in tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and various state agencies.
  • Representation of clients in investment advisory fraud, money laundering, RICO, mail fraud, wire fraud, and insider trading investigations.

Our firm is particularly noted for our long-standing success in providing effective agency advocacy for clients in the energy and environmental sectors.


The firm’s energy regulatory practice represents client interests before federal, state and tribal governmental agencies and regulatory bodies. We have handled compliance matters before, and helped shape policies of, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.

For example, we regularly represent utility, transmission and marketing clients in rulemaking proceedings regarding restructuring, ratemaking and licensing before agencies such as FERC, DOE and PUCT.  We counsel clients on the design and implementation of best-in-class legal and regulatory compliance education programs, and monitor ongoing compliance efforts. We also assist with preparation of electric utility and natural gas pipeline tariffs, rate schedules and certificates. 


Our reputation and experience with federal and state agencies allow our Environmental Strategy practice to fashion tailored solutions to complex regulatory challenges. We represent clients in obtaining air, water and waste permits, handling enforcement and rulemaking proceedings and in the development of significant environmental policies. We provide swift, effective advice on environmental audits and audit disclosures, and help create responsive environmental compliance-management programs to avoid litigation.