Administrative and regulatory law involves the activities of government agencies and regulated entities in such essential areas as utility regulation and ratemaking, the oil and gas industry, telecommunications, and property taxation on critical infrastructure. BBW has successfully litigated many matters before state and federal agencies and courts involving millions if not billions of dollars at stake. We have represented national and local companies, utilities, and municipalities in resolving disputes at the heart of Alaska’s economy. BBW founder Robin Brena has been named one of Alaska’s “Super Lawyers” in the areas of oil and gas, public utilities, and business litigation.
Regulatory Law Areas of Practice
Ad Valorem Taxation
BBW has extensive experience with complex, multiparty cases involving ad valorem taxation. BBW has successfully represented producers, refiners, drilling contractors, transportation companies, municipalities, and boroughs with regard to ad valorem matters. The ad valorem valuation of complex oil and gas, industrial, and commercial properties has been the focus of BBW’s litigation.
Oil and Gas Regulation
BBW has comprehensive experience assisting clients in the oil and gas industry with litigation and regulatory actions concerning oil and gas supply contracts, regulated pipelines, unregulated pipelines, oil reservoirs, transactions, utility and gas supply to petrochemical and crude oil refineries. Our practice has included representation of petroleum producers, refiners, pipelines, gas suppliers, and major gas users.
Oil and Gas Taxation
BBW has successfully represented industrial and municipal clients with regard to royalty taxes, tax policy, and ad valorem tax disputes over amounts ranging into the billions of dollars.
Pipeline Rate and Tariff Filings
BBW attorneys have represented our oil and gas industry clients in state and federal court, before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as commissions in other states.
BBW attorneys have represented our oil and gas industry clients before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other forums.
State and Local Taxation
BBW has successfully represented both taxpayers and taxing authorities in disputes ranging from local sales tax issues to state-wide assessment of oil and gas property.
BBW has assisted telecommunications clients with intricate cases before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska relating to access charges, retroactive ratemaking, and universal service rate design issues.
Utility Rate and Tariff Filings
BBW attorneys have represented our utility clients in state and federal court, before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as commissions in other states.
BBW has represented several Alaskan utilities in matters involving electric, natural gas, water, and renewable energy power sources, ranging from rate cases before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, to contract disputes before the court system, to negotiations for supply with both commercial and government parties.