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About Chuck

Chuck brings more than 40 years of experience in natural gas and LNG regulatory matters to his clients. This experience has provided Chuck with a keen understanding of all segments of the natural gas industry, from gas producers to large gas users, and facilitated a broad practice before all of the federal agencies that regulate the industry. He approaches each assignment from a strategic, client-oriented perspective: what is the goal and what is the best and most efficient way to get there?

Whether the assignment involves a transaction, a hearing, a compliance issue or strategic counseling, Chuck keys in on the crux of the matter. This approach has led to outstanding results for Chuck’s clients, which include natural gas producers, gatherers, processors, pipelines, and distributors; LNG import and export project developers and participants; participants in energy infrastructure projects; industrial and commercial energy users, including electric utilities and generators; natural gas marketers and traders; and banks and other lenders to the gas industry.

Charles Shoneman is a highly acclaimed oil and gas regulatory attorney who impresses clients with 'his knowledge and experience of the natural gas industry and his ability to take charge and lead a case.'
Chambers USA, 2017


Recent Notable Matters

Large international LNG market participant — regulatory aspects of a U.S. LNG export project and related gas transportation matters

Large domestic utility — internal review arising from third-party allegations of regulatory violations

Large Asian utility — U.S. LNG export facility policy and developments

Shell Energy North America (U.S.) L.P. — FERC representation in the precedent-setting case Texican v. Southern Natural Gas regarding pipeline open seasons

Shell LNG — acquisition of capacity in the Cove Point and Elba Island LNG terminals and related pipelines, and in associated FERC certificate, rate and tariff proceedings

Large natural gas marketer group — effort that resulted in FERC Order 712

Numerous North American energy marketers — structured and natural gas transactions and asset management agreements

Numerous North American energy marketers — preparation of FERC regulatory compliance manuals, provided compliance training, and conducted internal reviews

Large domestic energy marketer — preparation of a regulatory compliance audit program and conducted audit

Individual trader — FERC market manipulation investigation

Publications and Speeches

"New Ruling on FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Authority," Law Seminars International telebriefing, April, 2013.

"The Emergence of Liquefied Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel in North America," American Bar Association Petroleum Marketing Attorneys Meeting, April 2012.



The George Washington University Law School,
with honors
Duke University,
Bachelor of Arts


American Bar Association
Energy Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar



The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

August 15, 2016
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Eighty-Eight Bracewell Attorneys

August 23, 2012
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.



Chambers Global
Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2006 - 2017
Chambers USA
Nationwide Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2010 - 2017; Nationwide Energy, 2005 - 2009
The Legal 500 United States
Energy: Regulatory, 2013; Energy: Litigation, 2008 - 2009
Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Energy Law, 2009 - 2018; Oil and Gas Law, 2009 - 2018; Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Area Lawyer of the Year, Oil & Gas Law, 2012
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers
Energy and Natural Resources, 2013


Past Events