The law firm of Babst Calland has opened a new office in Washington, DC, and has added two energy attorneys, James Curry and Keith Coyle, who represent clients in the energy industry on a variety of matters, particularly in the areas of pipeline safety and the transportation of hazardous materials. They are joining the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group as shareholders.
Curry and Coyle bring experience in compliance, regulatory and legislative affairs, strategic counseling, enforcement, litigation, and audit preparation. They are joining Babst Calland from a Washington, DC, environmental and energy law firm, where they played a role in developing and expanding a pipeline safety practice group.
Both previously served as attorneys for the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency that oversees the safety of the country’s growing network of gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. Active in several pipeline trade organizations and a frequent speaker at industry events, Curry counsels clients throughout the US on PHMSA compliance matters and other transportation-related issues. Coyle, a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force who also specializes in PHMSA and transportation matters, is returning to Babst Calland, where he was an associate attorney earlier in his career.