Areas of Practice
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1972; Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • George Washington University, M.A. (History), 2013
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1969
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Judge William H. Timbers, Jr., US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1972-1973
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia

Steven H. Brose

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6250
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Steve Brose provides oil and natural gas pipeline companies with leading representation and counsel on their most complex administrative, judicial, compliance, and transactional matters, including those involving rates, regulated practices, business opportunities, and safety. With more than 35 years of experience, he is highly valued for his ability to find alternative, innovative solutions to clients’ problems. Mr. Brose has served as lead counsel in a number of the most high-profile oil pipeline matters to come before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including cases for the largest North America transporters of crude oil, refined products, and natural gas liquids. 

Some of Mr. Brose's most prominent cases have involved the rates and practices of Colonial Pipeline Company, Sunoco Pipeline L.P., Mid-America Pipeline Company, Enterprise TE Products Pipeline and Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, as well as earlier matters for ARCO Pipe Line, ConocoPhillips Pipeline, Chevron Pipeline, ExxonMobil Pipeline, and others. He has also long represented natural gas producers and processors in a variety of administrative and judicial matters involving royalty issues, abandonments, pipeline certificates, connections, and gas quality standards. Mr. Brose’s experience includes representation of government and private entities in major pipeline projects in the former Soviet Union and South America.

Mr. Brose frequently speaks to bar associations and industry groups on matters involving various aspects of pipeline regulation, and he has served as an expert witness on oil pipeline regulation in private civil litigation. Among other service to the bar, Mr. Brose is a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section. He generously donates his time and talents in the form of an active pro bono practice, including recently having won a new trial for an individual in Delaware who was convicted of two murders and was sentenced to death.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the oil pipeline trade association in major rulemaking matters, including those involving FERC’s indexed rate methodology.
  • Defended the owners of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and its feeder lines in a range of regulatory proceedings before the FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Mr. Brose’s relationship with TAPS dates back to the pipeline's original rate proceeding. That case culminated in a seminal 25-year rate settlement with the State of Alaska in which Mr. Brose played a primary role. Since then, he has defended the TAPS owners in challenges to the cost of reconfiguring the pump stations along the TAPS route, repairing corrosion on the pipeline, settling the Exxon Valdez oil spill case, and investigating and repairing thousands of electrical code violations on TAPS facilities, as well as the methodology to govern TAPS rates in the later years of the pipeline’s life.
  • Crafted and successfully defended numerous transactions involving the long-term use of pipeline assets. 
  • Represented numerous pipelines in challenges to their FERC-regulated rates and practices.
  • Played a fundamental role in the proposed conversion of a major facility in the Southwest to interstate gas pipeline service. This project entailed, among other things, preparation of a detailed certificate application to the FERC, preparation of the initial tariff and rate structure for the pipeline, and coordination of the environmental and regulatory permitting process.
  • Served on expert task forces for the World Bank and the State Department's Agency for International Development (AID) involving energy projects in the Former Soviet Union. The goal of the World Bank project was to increase access to Russia’s immense oil pipeline network; the AID task force advised and assisted the government of the Republic of Georgia regarding a proposed oil pipeline project from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea.
  • Served as the lead adviser to the Ecuador Ministry of Energy and Mines in its successful negotiations with Western developers of the new Ecuador oil pipeline project.

Noteworthy

  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Regulatory, 2012-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Energy: Litigation, 2009-2015, 2017
  • Band 1, Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas, Regulatory & Litigation, (Nationwide), 2009-2017 
  • Band 1, Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas, Regulatory & Litigation, (US), 2014-2017
  • Chambers Global, Energy: Oil & Gas, Regulatory & Litigation, (US), 2008-2017 
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Energy, 2013-2014
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law (DC), 2016, 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, Oil & Gas Law (DC), 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Energy and Natural Resources Law, 2006-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Oil and Gas Law, 2015-2018 
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Energy and Resources, 2007-2017
  • "Top 100," Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Energy and Resources, 2017
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2014

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Professional Affiliations

  • House of Delegates, American Bar Association
  • Past Chair, American Bar Association, Infrastructure and Regulated Industries (formerly Section on Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law)
  • Past Chair, Oil Pipelines Committee, American Bar Association, Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
  • Past Chair, Oil Pipelines Committee, Federal Energy Bar Association
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Federal Energy Bar Association
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation