Energy Industry Group

Overview

Today’s energy industry players face a unique set of challenges and opportunities. The growing demand for new and renewable energy sources is offset by an urgent need to manage existing sources more efficiently and responsibly. Existing and aging infrastructures must be strengthened even as new technologies are developed. The only constant appears to be turbulent, sometimes unexpected change.

In this environment, energy clients need legal counsel who can draw on a vast reserve of past experience and success to create powerful, forward-thinking solutions. Dykema lawyers have provided advice and representation to a variety of energy clients for more than 75 years. Our dynamic team of experienced attorneys and government policy advisors includes industry thought leaders who regularly speak and write about energy-related issues.

We represent all cooperative utilities in Michigan as well as investor-owned utilities and other cooperatives in Texas and the midwestern and southeastern United States. Our lawyers advise a wide range of clients on a full array of regulatory, corporate, and transactional matters at both state and federal levels. Our clients include:

  • Electric and gas distribution cooperatives
  • Electric generation and transmission cooperatives
  • Investor-owned electric utilities
  • Independent transmission companies
  • Investor-owned petroleum companies
  • Municipal utilities
  • Energy marketers
  • Alternative energy developers
  • Wholesale power providers   
  • Merchant generators
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Lenders
  • Investors
  • Financing authorities
  • Investment bankers
  • Pipelines
  • Independent power producers
  • Large users of energy
  • Underwriters  

We offer our clients strategic advice and legal counsel supported by a firmwide wealth of experience in regulation, litigation, appeals, legislative and governmental affairs, corporate law, transactions, securities, the environment, taxes, employment law, real estate, technology licensing, government grants and incentives, and construction contracts.

Our lobbying and legislative advisors maintain close relationships with state legislatures and public service commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, and local governments to help our clients successfully navigate regulatory issues and reach their legal, policy and business goals.

In the Midwest, Texas, and nationwide, energy industry clients choose Dykema for full-service counsel and representation in the areas of:

Alternative and Renewable Energy

Our ability to help clients compete in such developing—and critically important—areas as wind-generated and solar power and other renewable forms of energy is supported by our deep understanding of industry trends. Read more.

Electric Cooperatives

For more than 30 years, we have been a leading provider of legal services to cooperatives of all kinds, including rural electric cooperatives. We are the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation’s recommended law firm for cooperative acquisitions of investor-owned utility service territories. Read more.

Electric Transmission

We are strongly positioned to offer our clients ongoing guidance and representation in the increasingly critical field of electric transmission. Read more.

Energy Corporate

Our cross-disciplinary approach allows us to offer results-driven advisement on energy finance-related issues such as mergers and acquisitions, public-private partnership creation and financing, tax structuring, securities and commercial finance, and IPOs. Read more.

Energy Litigation and Appeals

Dykema’s seasoned litigators align solutions with our energy clients’ business goals to realize significant victories in a range of matters both in and out of the courtroom. Read more.

Energy Lobbying, Legislative and Government Affairs

Our experienced team of registered lobbyists, lawyers and government policy advisors works closely with federal, state and local governments and regulatory agencies to promote and protect our clients’ interests by formulating strategies that can help them achieve their legal, policy, and strategic business goals. Read more.

Energy Regulatory

We regularly represent energy clients before state and regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state public service commissions, and other state agencies. Read more.

Oil & Gas 

Our lawyers are active participants in the oil and gas business. Clients come to us because we understand the industry, and we are comfortable dealing with company presidents, landmen and other technical specialists, and landowners. Read more.

Siting, Zoning, Licensing and Energy Infrastructure

We are well situated to advise clients on complex energy matters related to siting, zoning and land use issues; licensing; and the acquisition and development of infrastructure assets. Read more.

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