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Energy for Change: Three Young Energy Lawyers Help Texas Transition

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By Nushin Huq

The oil and gas industry has long been the “bread and butter” for the Houston economy. It’s a major employer, it drives the economy, it underwrites local nonprofits — but it is changing.

The world is in the midst of a major energy transition, fueled by major investors looking at ways to transition a world into a low carbon future. This move has spurred research into new technologies, sparked creation of new companies, and provoked public and private funding for new projects — everything from traditional wind and solar to carbon capture, hydrogen and battery storage.

Texas energy lawyers are at the forefront of the change, advising their clients, whether new or traditional oil and gas companies. Just like Spindletop 120 years ago, or the shale revolution less than 20 years ago, many of the same firms are now helping their clients navigate into a low carbon future.

When Danielle Patterson graduated from the University of Texas Law in 2010, the East Texas native knew her practice area would be related to the energy industry. What she didn’t know at the time is that over the next decade, the industry would transform multiple times; first, because of hydraulic fracturing, and later with the green energy transition.

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