The Firm

About Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler

CBL attorneys have a long history in the liquids and natural gas pipeline industries and in helping our pipeline clients navigate a challenging and evolving energy regulatory environment, at the federal and state levels. We bring an unrivaled breadth of experience to each regulatory issue, transaction, and development project, providing our clients with up-to-date understandings of regulatory developments that affect them

The hallmarks of CBL’s practice are continuity, innovation, and value. Our team has roots that go deep – tracing back as far as the early days of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) in the 1970s. Our experience is broad, with our team working with crude, refined products, natural gas, natural gas liquids, and biofuels, handling projects across all the major production areas. Charles Caldwell has handled complex, challenging litigation for many years, including numerous FERC and state pipeline rate hearings and key federal appellate cases upholding favorable FERC rulings on the income tax allowance for tax-pass-through pipelines and on the rate indexing regime. With wide transactional and administrative litigation experience, Michelle Boudreaux has been instrumental in assisting clients in developing major frontier liquids pipeline development projects in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Niobrara, Permian Basin, DJ Basin, Marcellus, and Utica shale plays. The senior statesman of our liquids team is Bert Tabor who has worked on oil pipeline issues since the beginning of TAPS. Amy Hoff has extensive experience representing pipelines in complex state and federal regulatory litigation, as well as an expertise in compliance, contracting and operational issues stemming from her background as in-house counsel. Finally, Elizabeth Kohlhausen has counseled numerous clients regarding regulatory issues related to the development of new liquids pipeline projects, including the drafting and modification of tariffs related thereto, and also has significant experience in complex state and federal regulatory litigation.

CBL also brings extensive experience in natural gas transactions and regulatory proceedings. Henry May has four decades of experience in the regulatory, policy and transactional aspects of the natural gas industry. Michelle Boudreaux has advised natural gas pipelines in rate proceedings and has extensive experience assisting with Standards of Conduct compliance issues. Charles Caldwell has represented natural gas pipelines in rate proceedings, Order 636 restructuring, and in production area gathering classification matters. Bert Tabor has represented clients in natural gas open season proceedings and construction certificate cases. Energy infrastructure development often involves both liquids and natural gas, and CBL is able to deal effectively with the complex issues often encountered in multi-product projects.

After many satisfying years practicing with Vinson & Elkins, we established our own firm and now can combine the nimbleness of a small firm with our extensive regulatory experience to the benefit of our pipeline clients.

Our practice is closely focused on the needs of the liquids and natural gas pipeline industries, but, within that area, we cover the waterfront:

  • We have wide experience with pursuing FERC and state rate cases and administrative litigation, having handled over a dozen major FERC rate hearings.

  • We have represented natural gas pipelines in numerous construction certificate and abandonment matters.

  • Our clients look to us for informed, thoughtful regulatory counseling and tariff advice, drawing upon our team’s wide experience to help our clients find creative solutions to even the most challenging issues.

  • Our knowledge of regulatory issues that can affect projects and transactions is wide-ranging and current, driven by our extensive involvement in liquids and natural gas infrastructure and M&A/capital markets matters.

  • With a strong appellate background, our team can deploy a comprehensive understanding of regulatory and litigation options in advising our clients.

  • As the liquids energy transportation markets continue to evolve, we can offer our clients the distinct advantage of our thorough understanding of the multimodal transportation environment (including strong experience with rail regulation and the STB) and of the rate-setting options available, including market-based rate authority.