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New Houston Law Firm Will Serve Oil Pipeline Industry

HOUSTON (August 1, 2013) – Eight energy regulatory attorneys announced today the formation of Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC, a new Houston-based law firm focused on serving the oil pipeline industry.

The new firm has one of the largest oil pipeline regulatory practices in the United States and will provide regulatory counseling, handle administrative litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and various state commissions, and advise in pipeline transactions and development projects. The group was previously with Vinson & Elkins.

CBL brings together attorneys with a wealth of energy regulatory experience and will maintain a strong relationship with V&E, continuing to provide regulatory assistance to V&E’s preeminent energy practice and clients.

“After many satisfying years practicing with Vinson & Elkins, we are excited to establish our own firm and can combine the nimbleness of a small firm with our extensive regulatory experience to the benefit of our pipeline clients,” said CBL Partner Michelle Boudreaux.

In continuing to represent a large group of major liquids pipeline companies, CBL will rely upon its deep bench of highly experienced regulatory attorneys.

Partner Charles Caldwell has handled numerous complex oil pipeline matters before FERC and federal appellate courts and has been consistently recognized among the top energy regulatory attorneys nationally by publications such as Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers in America. With wide transactional and administrative litigation experience, Partner Michelle Boudreaux has been instrumental in assisting clients in developing major frontier liquids pipeline projects in every major shale area in the United States. Partner Dean Lefler brings more than 20 years of experience in helping clients steer through federal and state regulatory schemes, whether a client is establishing rates, acquiring assets, or developing a project. Partner Bert Tabor has a long history in the oil pipeline industry, affording him wide recognition as a senior statesman of the oil pipeline bar. Joining Boudreaux, Caldwell, Lefler and Tabor will be Amy Hoff, Elizabeth Kohlhausen, John Robinson and Debbie Repman.

“All of these attorneys have been our friends and colleagues for many years, and we wish them well in their new firm,” V&E Chairman Mark Kelly said. “We are pleased that we will continue to work closely with them to provide outstanding service to our energy clients.”

For more information, please contact Charles Caldwell at 713-398-1006 or at, or Michelle Boudreaux at 832-607-9926 or