Gordon J. Smith


Gordon J. Smith joined the Firm in 1990 and the partnership in 1995. His practice focuses on regulatory and commercial matters involving the natural gas, crude oil, and liquids industries. He regularly advises clients regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) regulation of interstate natural gas pipeline rates, services, transactions, and compliance matters. Gordon’s clients include companies engaged in crude oil, liquids, and natural gas production, processing, and marketing. He has represented them in virtually all types of natural gas proceedings before FERC as well as related court appeals.

On the pipeline side, Gordon has advised intrastate natural gas pipelines providing interstate service under Section 311 of the Natural Gas Policy Act on tariff filing and compliance matters, including the adoption of Statements of Operating Conditions and reporting obligations.

Gordon’s oil and liquids experience includes advising and representing clients on crude oil and liquids pipeline tariff filings, compliance, and jurisdictional matters, as well as in the commercial negotiation of precedent agreements, tariffs, and associated contracts for crude oil and liquids transportation, terminalling, and storage.

Gordon graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and from The George Washington University Law School in 1988. Before joining the Firm, Gordon worked as an Attorney-Advisor to Administrative Law Judges Birchman and Lewnes at FERC.

He is a member of the Energy Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland (inactive), and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit