Charles Caldwell is a partner in the energy law firm Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC. He has broad experience in the regulation of the US oil and gas pipeline industry and has been recognized in Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers since 2007. He has also been recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in energy regulation since 2005; ranked in The Best Lawyers in America® in natural resources law in 2005 and in energy law since 2006; and listed in Legal 500 US in energy regulation, 2013.
As a leading energy attorney, Charles provides regulatory and business counseling to a wide range of pipeline clients and has litigated some of the most complex oil pipeline cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and federal appellate courts. He has helped his clients successfully negotiate settlements and obtain regulatory approvals in numerous matters, and has wide experience in transactions in all phases of energy development and transportation.
Among his more significant matters, Charles represented a major refined petroleum products pipeline before the US Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit) in successfully defending FERC's policy affording income tax allowances for pipelines and utilities owned by master limited partnerships and other tax-pass-through entities (ExxonMobil Oil Corp. v. FERC, 487 F.3d 945 (D.C. Cir. 2007)) and obtained significant rulings before the D.C. Circuit upholding FERC's rejection of challenges to an oil pipeline's indexed rates and FERC's approach to indexing of oil pipeline rates in Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co. v. FERC, 552 F.3d 868 (D.C. Cir. 2009) and ExxonMobil Oil Corp. v. FERC, 2010 US App. LEXIS 2620; 363 Fed. Appx. 752 (D.C. Cir. 2010).
Charles is a past chair of the Energy Bar Association's oil pipeline committee and a regular speaker at the Association of Oil Pipe Lines' business conferences.
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