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Mark K. Lewis
Mark K. Lewis
Managing Partner, Washington, DC
Mark K. Lewis

Mark K. Lewis

Managing Partner, Washington, DC

About Mark

Mark Lewis, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, focuses on oil and gas pipeline and related midstream, regulatory and transactional matters. His clients include oil and gas pipeline developers, owners, operators and investors; oil and gas producers and marketers; gas distributors; and large industrial energy consumers.

He handles U.S. and global oil and gas pipeline development projects with respect to project structuring, contracting and governmental approvals. He represents regulated pipelines, pipeline ownership interests regarding pipeline management issues, clients in transactions involving the acquisition of pipeline companies and pipeline assets, and developers of pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure. In his practice, Mark provides legal counsel in contract negotiations involving operating, transportation, and gas purchase and sale agreements, and advises clients regarding regulatory aspects of project development, contract, tariff, rate and compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and various state regulatory agencies.

Washington D.C.-based Kirk Morgan and managing partner Mark Lewis ‘stand out in a class by themselves, and their ability to translate regulatory issues into creative commercial solutions is unbeatable.’
Legal 500 United States, 2015

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Midstream company — development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline, including FERC certificate issues and commercial agreements

Energy Transfer Partners — commercial contracting and regulatory issues associated with the development of Dakota Access Pipeline, a major new interstate crude oil pipeline system

EQT Corporation — major expansion of the Equitrans L.P. interstate natural gas pipeline system, including FERC certificate issues and commercial agreements

Targa Resource Partners LP — FERC rate cases for an interstate natural gas pipeline subsidiary

Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan — development of the Kashagan oil field, the largest discovered, undeveloped oil field in the world

EQT Corporation — commercial contracting and regulatory approvals associated with EQT’s sale of its gas utility and receipt by exchange of approximately 200 miles of transmission pipeline that required FERC certificate authority to be integrated into EQT’s interstate pipeline company

Sunoco Logistics — commercial and regulatory matters related to the development of pipelines

Delek Logistics — crude oil and refined products pipeline commercial contracting and regulatory matters

Delek Logistics — long-term lease of refined products pipeline capacity from Enterprise Products, including the lease negotiation and the applicable regulatory treatment

Colonial Pipeline — regulatory issues

Targa Resource Partners LP — variety of midstream commercial and regulatory matters

Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings — development of a new crude oil and refined products pipeline system

La Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec — investments in United States pipeline infrastructure and related transactions

A large independent producer — development of pipeline infrastructure to support a large discovery

Publications and Speeches

“Reasonable Rates of Return Benefits Pipelines and Shippers Alike,” Pipelines & Gas Journal, October 2016.

“Another Bite at the Apple: Renegotiating Rates with Distressed Shippers,” Pipelines & Gas Journal, July 2016.

“Court Decision Could Change Tax Burden on Pipeline MLPs,” Midstream Business, July 2016.

“Credit Challenges to Project Development,” Midstream Business, July 2015.

“FERC Issues Pair of Oil Pipeline Audits,” Pipeline & Gas Journal, August 2015.

“Pipeline Audits,” American Petroleum Institute’s 2015 Pipeline Conference and Control Room Forum, April 2015.

"Pipelines for New Energy," Energy & Infrastructure, April 2013.

Platts Annual Pipeline Development and Expansion Conference, Houston, Texas, 2008-2012.

Credentials

Education

Georgetown University Law Center,
J.D.
1990
magna cum laude
University of Maryland College Park,
B.S.
1987
magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Affiliations

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland
Chairman of the Dean's Advisory Board

News

News

The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

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

FERC Issues Pair of Oil Pipeline Audits

August 8, 2015
Pipeline & Gas Journal

Weil, Bracewell Advise on Kinder Morgan Deal: Business of Law

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg Businessweek - Online

Managing Partner Roundtable: Part 2

April 24, 2014
Legal Bisnow

Managing Partner Roundtable: Part 1

April 22, 2014
Legal Bisnow

Pipelines for New Energy

April 1, 2013
Energy and Mining Magazine

Pipelines for New Energy

April 1, 2013
Energy and Infrastructure

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Eighty-Eight Bracewell Attorneys

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

Enbridge’s Pipeline Threatens TransCanada’s Keystone XL Plan

November 17, 2011
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

Change in pipeline plan could present new problems

November 11, 2011
Houston Chronicle Online/chron.com

Enbridge’s Pipeline Threatens TransCanada’s Keystone XL Plan

November 10, 2011
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

CQ Today

November 1, 2011
Roll Call

TransCanada Pipeline Threatened by Proposed Nebraska Re-Routing

October 27, 2011
Bloomberg Businessweek Online

Obama confronted by Keystone protesters in Denver

October 26, 2011
CBC News Network Online

An uneven playing field exists in oil vs gas pipeline development

October 1, 2011
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers Global
Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2011 - 2017
Chambers USA
Nationwide Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), 2006 - 2017
The Legal 500 United States
Energy Regulatory: Oil and Gas, 2017; Energy: Regulatory, 2012; 2014 - 2016
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
2018
Globe Business Media Group
International Law Office Client Choice Award
2014

Events

Past Events

2015 Pipeline Conference and Control Room Forum

Savannah
April 28, 2015
April 30, 2015

Canadian Energy Executive Forum

New York
June 14, 2012