Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell attorneys represent corporations engaged in the exploration, production and distribution of various forms of energy, including oil and gas, electricity, natural gas, and alternative fuels, such as wind.  We also represent companies who manufacture capital equipment used in the energy industry.

Representative cases we have handled for our diversified multinational energy company clients involve the defense of personal injury claims by outside contractors, a dispute over the valuation of a joint venture in which $100,000,000 was at stake, a disagreement over the measurement of natural gas purchased from a natural gas field, an environmental dispute involving a client-owned metering and pumping station, the defense of antitrust and monopolization claims brought by a terminated supplier, and the defense of the first ERISA class action filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado challenging the conversion of a traditional defined benefit pension plan to a cash balance plan.

We handle the litigation and arbitration of disputes for energy-related companies in a variety of matters, including:

  • Antitrust/monopolization
  • Class actions
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Employment and labor
  • Environmental torts
  • Franchise and distribution
  • Licensing
  • Personal injury liability
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Trademarks

Representative Cases
  • Represent one of America's largest refining companies in litigation against the State of Colorado involving claims in the tens of millions of dollars and alleged breaches of contract relating to the Colorado Underground Storage Tank Fund.
  • Represented a Denver-based independent oil and gas exploration company in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed $225 million in damages following WTO's client's $1.05 billion sale of oil and gas interests in the Williston Basin.
  • Represented a Denver-based independent oil and gas exploration company in a dispute regarding working interest and overriding royalty assignments allegedly owed to a third party following the sale of WTO's client's assets.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Xcel Energy Inc. in a wrongful death case in Texas.
  • Won an arbitration award for future oil and gas royalties valued between $70,000,000 and $100,000,000 in a David v. Goliath case against a multinational oil company.
  • Successfully represented employers in noncompete and trade secret litigation, including obtaining injunctive relief against a former employee of a solar power plant developer for violation of noncompete and nondisclosure agreements. Juwi Solar Inc. v. Maynard, No. 2012-cv-030241 (Boulder Co. Dist. Court, Colo. 2013).
  • Obtained a $4.2 million judgment for a renewable energy client in a civil trial involving an executive's embezzlement from the company. Vestas Blades America, Inc. v. Denna Randall, 2011-CV-139 (Weld County, Colorado, District Court).
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