In addition to our regular representation of energy clients before federal and state regulatory and administrative bodies, our seasoned litigators bring to bear a solid knowledge of the energy industry, complex energy markets, and energy-related assets in federal and state courts, including complex commercial disputes, energy company bankruptcies, environmental litigation, and condemnation actions.
Complex Commercial Disputes
Our litigation attorneys have earned national recognition for winning complex energy disputes. Illustrative successes of significance include:
We have actively participated as creditors’ counsel in numerous energy company bankruptcies, including the most significant cases in recent years. We have served on and chaired ad hoc and official creditors' committees in the Calpine, Enron, Mirant, North American Energy Corporation, and Kimball Trading Company proceedings, as well as those of smaller industry participants. Our attorneys were instrumental in developing case law that created the basis for the Bankruptcy Code amendments that established the special rights accorded to forward contracts, repurchase agreements, and netting agreements.
We have a national environmental litigation practice that includes permitting disputes, pipeline ruptures, spills and releases, and more than 200 Superfund sites, and which involves civil and criminal enforcement as well as insurance coverage. Our clients include, among others, companies in the energy, mining, manufacturing and transportation industries.
We have successfully litigated numerous condemnation issues with respect to fee property for generation facilities and substations, and with respect to easements for power and natural gas transmission and distribution lines and for water distribution lines. We regularly assist clients with a variety of related issues, including issues relating to public right-of-way, dedicated utility and private easements, plat vacation, and easements by prescription.
5.0/5.0 Review for J.Y. Miller by a Associate/Assistant General Counsel on 09/23/14 in Defense Litigation
J.Y. Miller is an excellent all around lawyer who is exceptionally competent as well as very attendant to the clients' needs.
5.0/5.0 Review for David Michael Buffo by a Member on 08/31/14 in Litigation
I have known Dave professionally and personally for 9 years. He is a fine lawyer and a fine person.
5.0/5.0 Review for Mr. W. Stephen Cockerham on 08/30/17 in Labor and Employment.
Stephen is a exceptional labor & employment attorney. Whenever I have an issue or a question that I don't know how to address, I email or call Stephen and he is incredibly responsive. He either knows the way a situation needs to be handled, or he w... Read more
Stephen is a exceptional labor & employment attorney. Whenever I have an issue or a question that I don't know how to address, I email or call Stephen and he is incredibly responsive. He either knows the way a situation needs to be handled, or he will research and find out. He always leaves me with the necessary tools in order for me to effectively fulfill my job including either documents or notes on how to lead a difficult discussion with an employee. I highly recommend Stephen! Read lessRead less
5.0/5.0 Review for Mr. W. Stephen Cockerham on 04/15/12 in Labor and Employment.
He is incredibly knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills, all the while maintaining an attitude of kindness toward the client.
Husch Blackwell is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting talented attorneys and staff. We believe diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics, including race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, and family and marital status.
Our environment is essential to both the quality of our client service and the personal satisfaction of our lawyers and staff.
Our efforts have been recognized both nationally and locally in promoting diversity. We received a top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Equal Justice Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and named one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women by MultiCultural Law Magazine.
Minority and female partners hold senior leadership positions in management, which fully supports the wide variety of initiatives coordinated by our firm’s Diversity Committee.
We are actively involved in promoting diversity within the legal profession. Our firm endorsed the diversity commitment and action plans of our local bar associations.
Diversity and inclusiveness make us a stronger firm and better able to understand our clients’ needs. We are committed to pursue, promote and enhance diversity at Husch Blackwell.
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