Rob James is a co-leader of the law firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Projects team and is located in the San Francisco and Houston offices. He advises on commercial and corporate transactions in the energy, infrastructure, construction, manufacturing and marketing fields. His practice focuses on energy project development; acquisitions and divestitures of business lines and formation of joint ventures; supply, licensing and other complex commercial agreements; and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for facilities and infrastructure including public-private partnerships (PPPs).
Rob's development practice includes oil and gas production and transportation projects in North America, Asia and Europe; liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewable and conventional power, and mining projects in North America, South America and Asia; and carbon capture and clean technology projects in North America. His acquisition, divestiture and joint venture projects span sectors including oil and gas production, refining and transportation; chemicals and mining; public transit; renewable and conventional power generation and power transmission; and manufacturing and marketing businesses. Among his EPC projects are a Canada-California gas pipeline, power plants, manufacturing facilities, hotels, campus facilities, offices, water treatment facilities, public transit, other public works and infrastructure, and the San Francisco Giants' celebrated baseball stadium.
Rob also counsels on international investment protection, fine art acquisition, and corporate compliance programs. He has served as the general counsel for several trade associations and as a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
- Chambers Global, Projects—USA (2012-2013), Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)—USA (2007-2011)
- Chambers USA, Projects—National (2007-2012)
- Legal 500 US, Construction (2012-2013), Energy - Renewable/Alternative (2016), Project Finance (2016)
- Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2007, 2010, 2016)
- PLC Which Lawyer?, Energy & Natural Resources—San Francisco & Silicon Valley (2008-2012)
- Who's Who Legal, Energy—San Francisco/Houston (2010-2013)
- California's 100 Most Influential Lawyers, Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (2006)
- Super Lawyers, Construction/Surety, Energy & Natural Resources, Mergers & Acquisitions—Northern California (2016)
Member, American Law Institute (ALI), American Bar Association (including its Business Law Section and Forum on the Construction Industry), Bar Association of San Francisco, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), State Bar of Texas, and State Bar of California (including its Public-Private Infrastructure, Real Estate and Business Law Sections); Advisory Board Member, Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (IICL), Center for American and International Law (CAIL), Texas; Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Trustee, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Bay Area Council; Member, Board of Directors, United States District Court for the Northern District of California Historical Society.
“Unleashing Viable Carbon Capture and Sequestration Projects,” Building “Risky” Energy Conference, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford, CA, December 2015.
"Production and Export Projects in the New Global Gas Markets," The New U.S. Role in Global Fossil Fuel Markets Conference, Stanford, CA, December 2012.
"Strategic Alliances Between National and International Oil Companies" Pillsbury Energy Conference, Lansdowne, Virginia, October 2009.