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Experience

Phillip Oldham serves as a member of Thompson & Knight’s Management Committee and is also the Firm’s Austin Office Leader. Phillip focuses his practice on project development, acquisitions, infrastructure, energy transactions, federal and state regulatory and administrative law, and administrative litigation. He has specific expertise regarding energy projects, energy markets, and transactions. Phillip’s in-depth knowledge of regulatory issues in various industries makes him uniquely able to provide his clients with practical solutions to a host of legal issues.

Phillip “is described by sources as ‘a strong advocate for his clients,’ and he is highly regarded for his work on the regulatory aspects of energy project development and for handling power markets matters.” – Chambers USA 2019

  • Assists clients in navigating complex legal issues related to energy markets, including wholesale and retail electricity, natural gas, crude oil, and other energy commodity markets
  • Assists clients on a host of energy transactions, including asset acquisitions and commodity transactions
  • Provides strategic counseling to many Fortune 500 companies on energy market issues and strategies
  • Assists clients in navigating the complex regulations applicable to the production, sale, and delivery of energy commodities, including electricity, oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids
  • Assists clients in managing regulatory risk and regulatory compliance issues
  • Represents several well-established trade associations on matters involving energy regulations and policy
  • Assists clients with all aspects of the development of large infrastructure projects, including pipeline projects, chemical manufacturing facilities, petrochemical facilities, gas processing facilities, carbon dioxide facilities, natural gas liquid fractionation facilities, LNG facilities, and electric transmission facilities
  • Assists clients on a multitude of transactions, including the purchase and sale of chemical manufacturing facilities, upstream oil and gas production, cogeneration facilities, petrochemical facilities, gas processing facilities, carbon dioxide facilities, liquefied natural gas facilities, electric transmission facilities, hydrocarbon and chemical pipeline facilities, and a host of other transactions

 

  • Assists clients on numerous matters before state and federal agencies
  • Assists clients on significant issues involving litigation, policy decisions, and rulemakings before regulatory agencies such as the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Texas Railroad Commission, the Kansas Corporations Commission, the Louisiana Public Service Commission, the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the Comptroller of the State of Texas, the Texas Racing Commission, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Texas Reliability Entity, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation
  • Assists clients on electric generation issues, electric transmission and transmission routing issues, utility rate cases and rate proposal matters, pipeline matters, gas storage matters, tax matters, and contested compliance and enforcement matters
  • Assists clients in obtaining favorable legislative outcomes on a variety of issues, including electricity, oil and gas issues, biofuels, tax, environmental regulations, and gaming
  • Assists clients in all aspects of the legislative process, including legislative strategy, negotiations, bill drafting, lobbying, coalition management, grassroots strategies, and legislative monitoring

Prior Employment

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Emilio M. Garza, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995-1996

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law), 2006-2020
  • Chambers USA by Chambers and Partners (Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity), 2011-2019
  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Industry Focus: Energy: Regulatory, Industry Focus: Energy: Litigation), 2013-2019

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member, Travis County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1995, with honors, University of Chicago, Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • B.A., 1992, with honors, The University of Texas at Austin

Admissions

  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit