Ireland Stapleton’s Energy Practice Group serves clients in oil and gas, renewable energy, energy distribution and energy transmission matters. Our attorneys represent rural electric cooperatives, real estate developers, industrial companies, governmental entities and nonprofit groups in a wide range of matters affecting and affected by energy development and distribution. From the traditional oil and gas industry to the rapidly expanding renewable energy field, we assist clients in navigating complex and constantly evolving regulatory schemes governing development and distribution, transmission corridors, land use, corporate compliance and sustainability and land use issues. Our fields of experience include:

Rural Electric Cooperatives

Ireland Stapleton represents rural electric cooperatives on various power purchase and distribution matters. From general counsel and corporate governance issues to specific right-of-way, employment and compliance matters. The Firm has experience with the issues impacting both cooperatives and their members. In addition to their corporate practice, our attorneys have successfully litigated rate, easement, environmental, PURPA, tort and contractual matters on behalf of our electric cooperative clients.

Oil & Gas

Our attorneys negotiate, draft and review the contracts and documents necessary to acquire, explore, develop, operate and finance oil and gas operations. We have a sound understanding of the complexities involved in royalty payments and fractional interests. Our attorneys are on the front lines in dealing with the difficult water use and disposal issues which accompany coalbed methane development. We advise clients on the environmental and public lands issues that permeate this area of law, and help our clients address split estate and surface access issues. At Ireland Stapleton, our attorneys work with each client to address that client’s particular set of needs in the oil and gas arena, including:

  • Mineral Title Opinions
  • Exploration Agreements
  • Operating Agreements
  • Royalty Payments
  • CBM Development
  • Water Waste Disposal
  • Split Estate and Surface Access Issues
  • Tax Partnerships
  • Public Land Issues
  • Acquisitions Divestitures and Financings
  • Environmental Matters

Alternative Energy

In addition to traditional energy clients, the attorneys at Ireland Stapleton also represent companies developing alternative energy sources. Our experience in this area of law provides value to those just starting out in the renewable energy field, as well as those who have pioneered the industry. We are well positioned to assist our clients with project finance or other debt or equity transactions to fund their business needs. We also work with our clients to maximize federal and state funding for their renewable energy projects through the recent federal stimulus plan.


Transmission affects all sectors of energy development and operations. For the oil and gas industry, this often means pipelines. Ireland Stapleton attorneys help our clients ensure that the oil and gas they produce has access to markets. The Firm has represented landowners with properties actually or proposed to be encumbered by pipelines and electric transmission facilities. Further attorneys have experience with the legal issues surrounding the siting and construction of transmission lines, including dealings with federal financing, environmental approvals, franchise agreements, county and state regulatory authorities and the application of eminent domain.