Andrew M. Stakelum is a partner in King & Spalding’s Houston Office who focuses on tort and commercial disputes involving the onshore and offshore energy industry. His practice spans domestic oil and gas producing states, Latin America, Asia, Africa and their surrounding waters.
Andrew also counsels energy industry clients on pre-litigation issues, including contractual risk allocation, domestic oil and gas regulations and compliance with offshore and marine regulations.
Onshore Energy Expertise. Andrew regularly assists clients with onshore upstream, midstream, and downstream disputes. This includes disputes involving historical oilfield environmental liabilities, joint operator agreements, well abandonment and decommissioning responsibilities, energy infrastructure projects, and well-site incidents. Andrew has litigated many of these disputes in Louisiana, where he is also licensed and has extensive experience with Louisiana’s civil law regime.
Offshore Energy Expertise. Andrew also maintains an active maritime practice involving the offshore energy industry. He has litigated pollution claims under the Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act, vessel casualties, vessel arrests and Rule B attachments, offshore drilling contract disputes, and vessel charter disputes.
In addition, Andrew advises offshore energy clients on maritime choice of law issues and the application of international maritime conventions. He also advises clients on operational and compliance issues involving the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard.
Andrew has tried cases to verdict in Louisiana state courts and U.S. federal courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Missouri; and he has arbitrated disputes to final award under the AAA, SMA, and HMAA rules.
Andrew has presented at various conferences in the U.S. and U.K. on oilfield environmental issues, offshore regulatory developments, and offshore contractual risk allocation. He has also authored numerous articles on these topics.
- J.D., Tulane University Law School
- B.B.A., University of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
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