We've been part of the energy industry for over four decades. We understand the issues you face. Our reputation and relationships in Washington give you a seat at the table and a powerful network of contacts on Capitol Hill and across the spectrum of federal agencies.

Venable is experienced in all facets of the energy industry. We've worked across the spectrum—from the ground to the consumer. We represent producers, refiners, renewable energy companies, shippers, marketers, consumers, importers, and exporters, which gives Venable a global perspective on the requirements needed to address energy issues and meet your business needs. 

For traditional producers and innovative energy developers—who are dealing with the need to replace aging and inadequate infrastructure, as well as the worldwide energy deficit and the threat of global warming—Venable provides a voice in Washington and an array of practical business solutions. 

For major users, producers, refiners, and other marketers of energy, Venable offers help in reducing and/or minimizing costs by providing fresh ideas and alternative solutions for the production/generation, transportation, transmission, and distribution of energy to meet your needs.

An Opportunity to Change the Way Energy Is Produced, Marketed, and Delivered

Venable's energy attorneys handle all aspects of transactions, regulatory proceedings, litigation, and legislative matters. We represent a broad range of clients in matters concerning the import and export of crude oil and petroleum products and the production and transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, propane, natural gas, natural gas liquids, LNG, and the transmission and the generation of electricity from traditional and renewable energy sources.

With that experience and the abilities of Venable's legislative attorneys and advisors, we offer clients the opportunity to shape current and new directions in energy policy.

Practice Focus

  • Transactions
  • Regulatory proceedings
  • Litigation
  • Legislative and regulatory strategy
  • Renewable/green energy

Industry Focus

  • Aviation and transportation
  • Consumers and producers of
    • Crude oil
    • Electricity
    • Natural gas
    • Petroleum products
  • Crude oil and refined products pipelines
  • Distribution and generation of electricity
  • Municipal governments
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Power generation
  • Renewable energy—biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, wind
  • Shippers, including refiners and marketing companies
  • Transportation and storage of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products
  • Utility companies


  • Making Major Solar Production a Reality  Venable represented Acciona Solar Power and Solargenix Energy in state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives that made possible the 64-MW Solar Thermal Electric Generating Plant in Boulder City, Nevada. Venable represents various interests in developing and funding solar and other renewable projects
  • Powering a Natural-Gas-Plus-Solar Plant  Venable represents the City of Victorville, California, with regard to a planned 500-MW natural gas-fired power plant combined with a 50-MW solar plant. This plant will be the first hybrid power plant of its kind
  • Understanding the Details of the Energy Industry  For more than 20 years, Venable attorneys have represented a consortium of electric utilities and trade associations, on all facets of solid waste, chemical, and Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous waste compliance and enforcement issues arising under the full array of federal and state environmental laws
  • Blocking or Minimizing Pipeline Rate Increases  Venable represents various airlines, refiners, marketers, producers, end-users, and related trade associations in successfully blocking or minimizing pipeline rate increase filings, including litigation against a major rate increase (98%) for NGL shippers—the first NGL pipeline rate proceeding ever to be litigated. Venable also represents refining and other interests before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and other circuits in matters focused on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decisions, including those regarding the justness and reasonableness of pipeline rates
  • Driving to Favorable Decisions on Pipeline Tariff Issues  Venable represents various entities, including a transportation association, in complex FERC rulemaking proceedings that impact pipeline tariff and compliance matters. Venable also represents independent shippers, producers, and marketers in blocking unreasonable prorationing proposals by major pipelines involving the transportation of oil and refined products, and in improving pipeline access
  • Helping Airlines Hold Down Operating Costs  Venable represents four major airlines in complaints against the Kinder Morgan SFPP, L.P. pipeline and the Calnev pipeline regarding the reasonableness of its rates for transportation of jet fuel and for seeking refunds and/or reparations for past shipments
  • Protecting Shippers When a Private Equity Fund Bought a Major Pipeline – Venable represented a petroleum product marketer and shipper before FERC and state public utility commissions when the largest common-carrier pipeline changed hands in a private-equity acquisition. Shippers successfully obtained conditions to the transfer, including the requirement for a $100 million letter of credit to guarantee potential rate refunds
  • Dealing with International Energy Issues – Venable has extensive experience on international oil and gas projects, including writing energy laws for an African nation and handling arbitrations over oil- and gas-related disputes. We have worked on energy projects with private institutions, as well as institutions such as the World Bank Group and International Finance Corporation. Projects have been in Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Egypt, Iraq, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Russia


  • Legal 500
    • Energy Regulation: Oil and Gas, 2020 – 2023
    • Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas, 2023
  • Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory and Litigation), 2016 – 2017, 2022
  • Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory and Litigation), 2020 – 2023
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Energy Law, 2011 – 2020, 2022 - 2023