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Albert S. Tabor, Jr.
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Albert S. Tabor, Jr.

Biography

For more than 40 years, Bert has been engaged in a broad-based practice counseling firm clients in the energy and transportation industries primarily related to the formation, construction, acquisition, financing, sale, regulation, and operation of oil pipelines and gas pipelines, and representing clients in administrative litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its predecessors (collectively (“FERC”) and state regulatory agencies (most extensively the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and its predecessors (collectively (“RCA”)). Bert has a national practice, having represented clients in both transactions and regulatory litigation throughout the United States, including extensive experience in Alaska.

Representative Experience
Oil Pipeline Regulation
  • Counsel for one or more of the owners of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (“TAPS”) in every piece of administrative litigation concerning TAPS at both FERC and RCA from 1977 through 2003 and a continuing role in such litigation since
  • Principal outside counsel, governance and policy advisor to one TAPS owner from 1976 until the sale of its TAPS interest in 2000, including matters related to TAPS governance, owner disputes and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
  • Principal outside counsel to the largest TAPS owner from 1996 through 2003 and a continuing role in such representation since
  • Counsel to an oil pipeline intervenor in the administrative litigation at FERC that led to Opinion 154-B
  • Counsel to a petroleum products pipeline in litigation at FERC in which favorable decisions were obtained regarding a number of significant issues; including income tax allowances for master limited partnerships, purchase accounting adjustments, and interest rate swaps
  • Counsel to two deep water Gulf of Mexico oil pipelines, in which favorable landmark decisions were obtained from FERC for the first time recognizing that open seasons were appropriate for such pipelines and that they could lawfully enter into long-term firm service contracts with shippers
Natural Gas Pipeline Regulation
  • Counsel to a participant in the Northeast open seasons case at FERC, advocating in favor of that participant’s more than one dozen separate applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCN”) and obtaining a favorable settlement
  • Counsel to one of the applicants for CPCN competing for the expanded California natural gas market and obtaining a favorable settlement
  • Counsel to an intervenor at FERC in Yukon Pacific’s application for a certificate to construct a natural gas pipeline in Alaska
  • Counsel to intervenors in FERC litigation concerning natural gas curtailment priorities in times of shortage
Anhydrous Ammonia Pipeline Regulation
  • Having been retained as counsel by a pipeline after it had received a series of unfavorable orders, advocated before the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) for reversal of most recent order and obtained a favorable settlement
Transactional
  • Represented a joint venturer in the organization and construction of each of the three major cross-country CO2 pipelines
  • Represented a Permian Basin producer in obtaining a CO2 supply and constructing a lateral to transport that CO2
  • Represented a Kansas producer in obtaining a CO2 supply and constructing a pipeline to transport that CO2
  • Represented the developer of a petroleum products pipeline in Alaska
  • Represented the owner in the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline from the Permian Basin to Mont Belvieu, Texas
  • Represented the owner in the construction of a cross-country anhydrous ammonia pipeline
  • Represented the developer of a heated oil pipeline in Pennsylvania
  • Represented the developer of an oil pipeline and terminal project in Delaware
  • Represented joint venturers in numerous joint ventures to construct both cross-country and Gulf of Mexico oil pipelines
  • Represented the purchaser of an operating coal slurry pipeline
  • Represented a joint venturer in its extended but ultimately unsuccessful effort to build the nation’s first cross-country coal slurry pipeline
  • Representation of either the purchaser or the seller in numerous transactions involving liquids pipelines
Education and Professional Background
  • Prior to forming Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC, Bert established the liquids pipeline regulatory practice at Vinson & Elkins LLP (V&E) 40 years ago, and was a Partner at V&E for 30 years. Bert continued with V&E as Of Counsel after his retirement from the partnership.
  • Ohio State University, J.D., 1964 (Phi Delta Phi)
  • Ohio State University, B.S., 1961
  • Admitted to practice: Illinois, 1964; Texas, 1973
Professional Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in energy law, 2006 - 2013
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in energy regulation, 2005 - 2013
Activities and Affiliations
  • Member: Energy Bar Association (Served, Executive Committee; Past Chair, Oil Pipeline Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas