Representative Experience

  • Represented a Japanese company with an indirect interest in Brazil’s Estaleiro Atlântica Sul S.A., in a corruption investigation into allegations that its high-value drill-ship contract with Petrobras was procured through improper payments.
  • Assisted our Deepwater client in developing and implementing an effective crisis management strategy that led to a billion-dollar settlement related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Developed a crisis management preparedness and response plan for a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution.  

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Our team has advised on numerous game-changing and precedent-setting crises, including:

  • Advised an international oil and gas exploration and production company on health and safety matters, incident investigations, responding to government investigations, process safety compliance and corporate oversight of process safety performance.
  • Represented one of the largest North American producers of biofuels in OSHA investigations and facility operations audits following two fires at its Louisiana facility that caused substantial property damage and injured six workers.
  • Represented the owner and operator of Three Mile Island during and after the accident.
  • Advised clients on more than 100 oil spills, including the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez spill, the Berman spill in Puerto Rico and the Arco pipeline spill in Indiana.
  • Represented company in management of reputational issues that placed in jeopardy the proposed development and tax-exempt bond financing of major state-of-the-art fertilizer plant project to be constructed in Indiana. Matter valued at $2.4 billion.
  • Represented one of the largest North American producers of biofuels in relation to refinery fires, plant shutdown and subsequent restart of refining operations.
  • Represented Teck Metals Ltd. in developing and successfully negotiating transnational agreement with the EPA and DOJ in a cross-border contamination case involving discharges from a mining and smelting facility in Canada.
  • During his NOAA tenure, our Crisis Management team leader played a key role in the U.S. government’s Exxon Valdez oil spill response, led federal assessment of the NRD claim and achieved a $1 billion settlement.
  • Successfully resolved for Homestake Mining Company of California a major dispute with the Cheyenne River Sioux Indians regarding a claim for cultural and environmental injury to their historic lands from a North Dakota mine.

Practice Area Highlights

  • Pillsbury was named 2016 and 2017 Law Firm of the Year for Litigation – Construction Law by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers reflecting our firm’s preeminence in the field of construction law.
  • In its special report on the top 100 verdicts of 2015, The National Law Journal ranked Pillsbury’s trial victories for insurance policyholders Lion Oil Company and Victaulic Co. as two of 2015’s largest litigation wins.
  • Pillsbury’s Environmental practice was ranked by Chambers USA in the national, California and Washington, DC categories (2016) and The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Pillsbury for excellence in environmental litigation (2016).

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  • Pillsbury achieved U.S. News Best Lawyers2017 Tier 1 national and Houston metropolitan rankings for Litigation - Environmental and national ranking for Natural Resources law.
  • Pillsbury was named one of the 10 most innovative law firms in North America at the Financial Times’ 2015 North America Innovative Lawyers awards dinner.