Industry Shakers: White & Case Lawyer Talks Pipeline Construction

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David Strickland sees how increased private equity in the oil and gas industry is changing the nature of energy production.

Strickland, who moved to White & Case LLP in Houston this month, specializes in drafting and negotiating both engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts and specialized engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contracts.

“As various players have become more sophisticated into the market and new players like private equity“ have entered the energy industry, Strickland told Bloomberg Environment in a phone interview, “the biggest trend is that more and more companies are looking towards the EPCs contracting model.”

EPCs are a contracting arrangement where a specific contractor is responsible for the design of an oil and gas rig to its construction and completion.

Strickland comes from King & Spalding LLP, where he advised owners of major petrochemical and refinery, liquefied natural gas, oil and gas, and power projects around the world.

When asked what are energy clients’ deepest concerns, Strickland said:

“I think on the owner or sponsor side—import and export issues, including how tariffs are impacting the steel and aluminum industry and how to manage those risks are at the forefront of people’s thoughts.”

“David is a true EPC specialist,” Jason Webber, co-head of White & Case’s global oil and gas industry group, said in a news release.

In other moves:

Sean Parnell, former Alasaka governor, has joined Holland & Hart LLP in the firm’s Anchorage office. Parnell specializes in business, government, and infrastructure development planning, his firm biography says.

Parnell served as Alaska’s Republican governor from 2009 to 2014 and also served as lieutenant governor, and state senator and representative.

At Holland & Hart, Parnell will keep his Alaska business clients and add clients in energy and infrastructure development.

“Sean is a strong addition to our highly-regarded energy industry team,” Elizabeth Sharrer, chair of Holland & Hart, said in a news release. “His many years of leadership in public service and his commitment to economic development align with our firm’s goal to continue expanding service and support of Alaska-based clients.”

William D. Janicki has joined LeClairRyan as a member of the firm’s Sacramento, Calif., and San Francisco offices, according to a LeClairRyan statement.

Janicki, who comes from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, is a trial lawyer who represents clients in the energy, aerospace, and defense industries.

He will join LeClairRyan’s intellectual property, commercial litigation, products liability, and aviation teams, the firm announced June 18.

Jeffrey A. Starzec was appointed vice president, general counsel and secretary of EnVen Energy Corp. Starzec was most recently executive vice president and general counsel of Cobalt International Energy Inc. since 2011.

EnVen is an oil and natural gas company that develops crude oil in the deepwater region of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, headquartered in Houston.

“I am very pleased that Jeff has decided to join the EnVen management team,” Steve Weyel, chairman and CEO of EnVen, said in a news release. “Jeff brings exceptional legal expertise with a Gulf of Mexico and international energy background that is a great addition to our executive leadership.”