Energy Law Career Guide

By Paul Hellyer
Updated July 2017

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Richard L. Hermann, Energy Law: Fueling a Dynamic Legal Career (2017).
Explains how energy law has grown from a niche field to a major practice area.
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Brian Baxter, Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies, American Lawyer, April 28, 2016.
Describes an increase in workload for law firms assisting troubled oil producers.

Jess Davis, Texas Legal Market Stays Hot Despite Plunging Oil Prices, Law360, Feb. 25, 2015.
Explains how the drop in oil prices is affecting law firms in Texas.

Keith Goldberg, The 17 Firms GCs Love for Energy Work, Law360, June 28, 2016.
This article names the leading law firms in energy law.

Janan Hanna, Energy Law, Student Lawyer, Feb. 2012, at 22.
Offers tips and advice for law students seeking to enter this field.

Bill Kroger & Jason Newman, Understanding Hydrocarbon Trends: Ten Issues that Lawyers Can Help the Energy Industry Solve, Houston Lawyer, Nov./Dec. 2014.
Summary of the legal issues that lawyers address when representing the fracking industry.

Cynthia Marlette, Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette, Law360, March 29, 2017
A former General Counsel for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission describes what it's like to work for this agency.

John B. McFarland, Oil and Gas Law, GP Solo, March-April 2013, at 38.
A Texas lawyer explains how he entered this field and describes his work experiences.

Cara Smith, Meet the Fast 100: Houston-Area Law Firm Sees Spike in Oil Slump-Related Litigation, Houston Business Journal, Aug. 13, 2015.
Explains new litigation scenarios that are emerging with the downturn in the oil industry.

Matthew Stevens, Energized Law: Is North Carolina Becoming a Booming State for an Energy Law Attorney?, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, June 15, 2015.
Describes opportunities for attorneys in North Carolina's diverse energy industry.


A quarterly newsletter from the ABA's Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law.
Available from the ABA and Hein Online.

Natural Resources & Environment
A quarterly newsletter from the ABA's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.
Available in the law library's periodicals collection and on Hein Online.


ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
321 North Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
tel: (800) 285-2221
This ABA section is for lawyers working in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, and energy law.  "The Section is committed to providing members with opportunities to enhance professional skills, stay on top of developments and to participate in dialogue in these substantive areas. It represents more than 10,000 members with a wide range of professional interests. . . . . The Section keeps its members abreast of development trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives, and statutes concerning environmental, natural resources, and energy law."  --From the website

ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
321 North Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
tel: (800) 285-2221
"The Section brings together members of the bar interested in the rapidly changing legal environment in the communications, cable TV, internet, electricity, gas, oil pipelines, aviation, motor carriers, railroads, and water industries. The third oldest Section in the ABA, the Section was established in 1917 when public interest demanded regulation of these fields. The Section currently has approximately 3,900 members, plus over 3,000 law students." --From the website

Energy Bar Association
1990 M Street, N.W., Suite 350
Washington, D.C. 20036
tel: (202) 223-5625
fax: (202) 833-5596
The Energy Bar Association's website includes a job bank, membership directory and information on meetings and events. Student memberships are available.

Institute for Energy Law
5201 Democracy Dr.
Plano, TX 75024-3561
tel.: (972) 244-3400
fax: (972) 244-3401
The Institute for Energy Law, part of the Center for American and International Law, offers educational programs, scholarly publications and membership activities for energy lawyers.

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