Energy Industry Group

Ogletree Deakins has a team of practitioners with decades of experience advising and representing a wide range of energy-industry clients in a variety of matters, such as advice and counseling, regulatory proceedings, administrative agency matters, transactions, and disputes. Our attorneys understand the technical aspects of the various industry sectors and keep current on the latest industry innovations and litigation trends.

Breadth of Experience

Ogletree Deakins’ attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in all areas of the energy sector of the economy, including extraction, servicing, transmission, processing, and retail employers. Our attorneys understand the labor and employment law challenges that energy industry employers face. The Energy Industry Group includes attorneys who, before joining the firm, worked directly for energy-industry employers as in-house counsel. Our clients, which operate locally, nationally, and internationally, include Fortune 500 companies and span the spectrum in size and industry share.

Attorneys in Ogletree Deakins’ Energy Industry Group have advised and represented employers in the following sectors of the energy industry:

Our Services

General Advice and Litigation. Ogletree Deakins attorneys have represented energy-industry clients in a broad array of labor and employment matters, including the areas of preventive advice, compliance, and litigation. Ogletree Deakins’ Energy Industry Group attorneys have drafted position statements, counseled on employment practices and policies, drafted employment agreements, and handled internal employment investigations. Our attorneys have also advised clients and handled complex litigation involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims; termination and disciplinary matters; reductions in force; noncompete agreements (both executive and otherwise); severance agreements; Americans with Disabilities Act compliance; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission position statements; affirmative action and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs matters; diversity training; wage and hour litigation; and co-employment/contractor issues and risks.

Whistleblower Claims. Ogletree Deakins attorneys have handled whistleblower claims against licensees and contractors. As third-party investigators, our attorneys have investigated nuclear safety complaints. In addition, our Energy Industry Group attorneys have represented companies and individuals in investigations conducted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Investigations.

Traditional Labor Relations. Ogletree Deakins attorneys have worked on union election campaigns, negotiations, and arbitrations for a variety of energy-, oil-, and gas-sector employers. Our attorneys have advised engineering and construction firms on labor negotiations and strategy. They have also represented global oil- and gas-drilling and technology companies in collective bargaining negotiations and on arbitrations related to the discharge of union members.

Wage and Hour. Our attorneys have handled wage and hour compliance issues for energy-, oil-, and gas-industry clients. In particular, Ogletree Deakins attorneys have handled claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, including matters involving the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 exemption. They have represented oil and gas companies in U.S. Department of Labor audits.

Workplace Safety. Our attorneys have handled various workplace safety matters brought under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 affecting employers in the energy, oil, and gas industries. Ogletree Deakins attorneys have direct experience working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in addition to State Plans and have experience with American Petroleum Institute standards, crane certification standards, safety issues on offshore oil platforms and refinery turnarounds, defending OSHA citations, workplace fatality issues, environmental contamination matters, and OSH Act 11(c) claims. Our attorneys also have experience representing coal companies in cases brought under section 105(c) of the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Ogletree Deakins attorneys have specific experience representing major and minor drilling and well servicing companies in all of their workplace safety matters.

Workers’ Compensation. Ogletree Deakins’ Energy Industry Group attorneys have handled a range of workers’ compensation issues for energy, oil, and gas clients. Among these are class action occupational exposure and disease claims, on-site accident investigations for workplace fatalities, chemical exposure injuries, managing the interface between workers’ compensation and disability and leave laws, state law black lung matters, and state law tort claims, in addition to workers’ compensation retaliation.

Employee Benefits. Ogletree Deakins’ Energy Industry Group attorneys have also advised their clients on a range of employment benefits issues, including benefits plans, severance agreements, retirement issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), retiree healthcare issues, and Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (MPPAA) issues.

Licensing, Tax, Rights, and Contracts. Members of our Energy Industry Group have advised large merchant solar installation companies on matters related to licensing, property tax, and contract issues under state laws. Our attorneys have also defended energy companies in breach of contract actions and defended a water authority’s exclusive right to provide water in a territory.


Communication is a vital part of serving the legal needs of our clients. Our attorneys regularly update clients on the status of their matters and are available for consultation at every step of the decision-making process. This participative practice style promotes information-driven decision-making and helps to build strong and lasting relationships based on timeliness, responsiveness, quality, and value.


Our firm has been a leader in offering value-based billing for clients. We work closely with our clients to develop fee arrangements that are tailored to their needs and interests. We are happy to discuss the nature of any and all alternative fee agreements that are of interest to our clients.