John Harris has joined the energy practice group at Locke Lord as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Harris has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in all aspects of oil and gas, environmental and energy law. Prior to joining Locke Lord, he was a partner at Dentons and a part of its energy sector team.
Harris has worked with producers, land and mineral owners, financial institutions and public agencies on oil and gas, energy and environmental matters. He also has significant experience representing oil and gas, industrial and local government clients in environmental litigation, transactional and regulatory matters.
“John’s vast knowledge and experience in the energy sector, particularly in dealing with complex energy and environmental legal issues in California, will broaden and enhance the type of counsel we can provide our clients on a daily basis,” said Bill Swanstrom, co-chair of the firmwide energy practice. “John is a valuable addition to our strong California-based team and, as a true oil and gas lawyer, is an asset to our team and our clients.”
In California, Locke Lord lawyers serve as lead counsel for the siting of major power projects throughout the state, as well as facility development and operation. The firm regularly represents clients before numerous California regulatory agencies, including the California Energy Commission, the California Independent System Operator and the California Air Resources Board. The firm also represents clients before federal agencies affecting or regulating energy and environmental activities in California.
Harris has frequently represented clients in day-to-day legal issues that face energy producers in California, from obtaining permits for oil and gas exploration and production operations and facilities, to resolving issues with environmental regulators. He also advises clients and interacts with legislators and regulators regarding matters affecting the energy industry in California.
Harris earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California, as well as a member of both its Environmental Law Section and its Natural Resources Subsection of Real Property Section. He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.