A highly-regarded six lawyer team has joined the energy and
environmental practices of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as the global
firm opened an office in Western Pennsylvania, the center of activity
for Marcellus Shale natural gas production.
Partner Ken Komoroski, a recognized shale gas leader and advocate, heads
Fulbright’s new office in the Southpointe Energy Complex near
Pittsburgh. Komoroski is joined by five of his colleagues from K&L
Gates, including partners Amy Barrette and Jeremy Mercer, two associates
and a counsel. The new Pennsylvania office will be further supported by
Fulbright’s recognized energy and environmental litigators and
transactional lawyers from the firm’s other 16 offices, where the firm’s
lawyers are known for offering vast experience and a deep knowledge of
energy matters spanning the globe.
“The development of unconventional natural gas reserves has transformed
the energy landscape. We believe Ken’s team is the strongest energy and
environmental legal team advising energy companies in shale gas
development in the Marcellus Shale,” said Steven B. Pfeiffer, the Chair
of Fulbright’s Executive Committee. “Energy is a core practice for our
firm, and we are committed to expanding strategically to serve the
clients who look to us for advice on high stakes transactional,
litigation and environmental work. This group of talented lawyers fits
squarely within our national and global strategy.”
The Pennsylvania office is Fulbright’s 17th, joining 10
domestic and six international offices, of which many are strategically
located in geographic areas critical to the energy industry. With
experienced energy lawyers in Houston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., New
York, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, Fulbright is uniquely situated
to meet the diverse needs of the firm’s energy clients.
“The strength of our relationships with major oil and gas producers,
pipelines and processing plants has allowed us to work on legal issues
involving the major shale plays across the United States in Texas,
Oklahoma, Louisiana, North Dakota and Montana,” said Michael Irvin, the
head of Fulbright’s global Energy Department. “The addition of Ken and
his team in this key region allows us to grow to our strengths while
assisting our clients in providing top-quality legal advice related to
shale formations in the U.S. and abroad.”
Fulbright’s diversified energy practice offers clients the experience
and knowledge gained during more than half a century handling complex
energy matters, ranging from transactions to litigation and disputes,
environmental and energy regulation. The firm’s decades-long reputation
and knowledge of the energy industry combined with its reputation for
handling high stakes transactions and disputes attracted Komoroski’s
team to Fulbright.
“We chose Fulbright because we wanted to become part of the most
experienced and recognized energy firm in Houston,” Komoroski said. “We
have remarkable synergies and are delighted to be part of such a
talented and knowledgeable team with a broad and diverse energy
From land use, local ordinances, energy regulation and permitting to
lease and royalty disputes, Komoroski has represented oil and gas
producers and pipelines for more than two decades. Similarly, he has
represented energy clients in environmental, water usage and wastewater
treatment matters and negotiated with the EPA and state agencies in
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, Indiana, Illinois,
Kentucky, New York, Connecticut, Colorado, California, Arkansas, South
Carolina and Florida.
Before attending law school, Komoroski worked as an engineer and
supervisor of waste programs at a major chemical company in Pittsburgh.
He also worked as an operations foreman of a wastewater treatment unit
at a large chemical production facility, and a compliance specialist
handling air, water and waste issues in Louisiana.
Komoroski received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of
Law in 1988 and his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering
with a focus on water and wastewater treatment from Pennsylvania State
University in 1977. He is admitted to practice law in the District of
Columbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“Ken’s unique background combined with his extensive environmental
knowledge and experience in the Marcellus Shale make him a tremendous
asset,” said Eva Fromm O’Brien, the head of Fulbright’s Environmental
Department. “His calm confidence, down-to-earth nature and belief in
hard work make him a great fit for our team. We are excited to have Ken
and his colleagues join us in assisting with the broad range of legal
issues that face our clients in the Marcellus Shale and other key shale
formations across the U.S. and the globe.”
Joining Fulbright’s Pennsylvania office with Komoroski are:
Partner Amy Barrette – Barrette handles complex commercial
litigation involving oil and gas. She has advised clients on a wide
array of matters, including alleged contamination of water supplies from
natural gas drilling operations, personal injury, contract, royalty,
lease and zoning disputes.
Barrette is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and received her
J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2001. She earned her
undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College in 1998.
Partner Jeremy Mercer – Mercer, a commercial litigator focusing
on oil and gas, advises clients on local zoning issues and has defended
multi-plaintiff matters involving allegations of contamination and
health effects related to drilling operations. He is well-versed in
rights-of-way and easements, has challenged the application of a zoning
ordinance to oil and gas operators and defends landowner suits related
to drilling locations, lease disputes and royalty owners.
Mercer is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and earned his J.D. from
Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 2000. He received his
undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University in 1997.
Associate Megan E. Smith Miller – SmithMiller is a
commercial litigator who focuses on oil and gas matters, representing
clients in construction, land use and environmental regulatory matters.
She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and received her J.D. from
Duquesne University School of Law in 2006. Smith Miller earned her
undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.
Associate Emily Beach Thomas – Thomas offers complex commercial
litigation advice concerning oil and gas disputes and related regulatory
issues. She also advises on matters involving contract disputes,
shareholder disputes, insurance and reinsurance coverage. She is
licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and received her J.D. from the
University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2006. Thomas earned her
undergraduate degree from Duke University in 2001.
Counsel Matthew Sepp – Sepp is a complex commercial litigator,
who also focuses on oil and gas disputes. He has significant experience
in all aspects of discovery, trial preparation and trial. He is licensed
to practice law in Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from Duquesne
University School of Law in 1999. He earned his undergraduate degree
from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996.
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
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