Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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On Dec. 4, I was a featured speaker at the 3rd Midstream Oil and Gas Law Conference held in Houston, Texas. My experience includes representing motor carriers before federal and state regulatory agencies, and representing motor carriers and shippers in transactional, international, and trade matters, as well as cargo loss & damage controversies, so I presented: "Transporting Crude Oil and Liquid Hydrocarbons by Rail and Truck: A Primer on the Regulatory Issues."
In my presentation, I explained the transportation of crude oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by rail and truck is highly regulated - both as a result of the nature and risks presented in the transportation context, as well as due to the hazardous nature of the materials themselves. The hazardous materials regulations are numerous, lengthy and - in many cases - highly technical. The manner in which they are drafted and organized does not readily support quick analysis or the assurance that one has identified all applicable requirements. Further complicating matters is the number of federal agencies involved. The overlap in jurisdictions and responsibilities - as well as the differences in priorities of the various agencies - has resulted in independently promulgated regulations that in many cases, though consistent with each other, are not necessarily identical. Without an appreciation of that fact, additional requirements found in one or another regulatory compendium may be inadvertently overlooked.
And that's just at the federal level. I also mentioned that though state and Native American tribe provisions that differ from the federal hazardous materials and rail transportation provisions are largely preempted, there are some areas in which those governmental bodies' regulations may control.
I stressed the importance of regulatory compliance for shippers, freight intermediaries and others who offer crude oil and liquid hydrocarbons for transportation by rail and truck, and their appreciation of the additional obligations that such activities entail under the present regulatory structure. I also urged awareness of pending regulatory proposals aimed at further addressing the risks to the public presented in the context of such transportation.
To see my presentation, please click here. If you'd like a copy if my paper, please contact me at: email@example.com.
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