10 | Acquisition International, Issue 11 2023 Leading Oil & Gas Transactions Lawyer of the Year - Texas Douglas Atnipp works as a partner for Egan Nelson LLP, a lean, top-tier law firm, at its Houston, Texas branch. Doug practices across a wide range of industries, but his particular area of expertise is the energy industry. Having practised in this industry since 1985, Doug’s decades of experience enable him to successfully identify issues, propose solutions that are the most cost-effective to clients, and manage projects that are both small and large in nature. With past experience managing clients ranging from Fortune 500 organisations through to small and independent oil and gas firms, Doug’s wealth of knowledge makes him one of the best energy lawyers across America. Contact: Douglas Atnipp Company: Egan Nelson LLP Web Address: https://www.egannelson.com/ In 1982, when a young Doug Atnipp graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he was likely unaware of the insurmountable success he would achieve, celebrated as one of the top lawyers in his field and indeed the wider United States. Upon the completion of his Juris Doctor (JD) degree three years later in 1985, graduating from Texas Tech University of Law, Doug would become a pioneer in the industry, showing no signs of slowing down nearly forty years on. Doug has always had a keen interest in the energy industry, and it is this sector which would become his speciality and key area of expertise. Today, Doug confidently represents clients in an array of upstream, midstream, and downstream transactions, inclusive of large-scale energy transactions that involve acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures which pertain to assets relating to energy. His skills do not end here however, as he possesses and advises clients in other industries, on matters such as general corporate and financial transactions. Furthermore, Doug possesses extensive experience dealing with transactions involving mezzanine and conventional production-based financing, the producing of property acquisitions and divestitures, production payment financing vehicles, midstream development, acquisition and financing, gas storage project development, as well as unique asset and facility utilisation agreements. With an array of experience across all of these sectors, Doug has established himself as a multitalented lawyer capable of tackling any task. With his expansive portfolio of clients ranging from some of the world’s biggest companies through to independent gas and oil chains, Doug has handled transactions ranging from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars, especially in the many years he spent working at several of the top ‘big’ law firms. Before joining Egan Nelson LLC in the role of partner, Doug served as managing partner for the Houston office at international law firms Winston & Strawn, LLP as well as Greenberg Traurig, LLP. This in addition to serving as the leader of the latter’s international energy practice. Over the course of his storied career, Doug has received a plethora of awards and recognitions. One such tremendous accomplishment is him being featured in the 2003-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, where he was recognised as “Lawyer of the Year for Oil and Gas Law”. Moreover, Doug has been consistently praised by Texas Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2003, listed in Chambers Global for Energy: Oil and Gas (Transactional) 2011-17, as well as in The Legal 500 U.S. for Energy – Regulatory and Transactions, 2015-16, to name just a few. Outside of his award-winning work, Doug lives in Houston with his wife, Roni, and together they have four children and four grandchildren. Doug enjoys spending his free time with family, as well as working on his ranch, which is located in Central Texas. Furthermore, Doug takes great pride in his many charitable endeavours, such as his roles serving on the boards of both the Texas Tech Law School Foundation and the Outreach Center of West Houston. Recently, things came full circle for Doug, as he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the very same Texas Tech University School of Law that he had graduated from back in 1985, with this crowning achievement serving to solidify a fantastic, and still prosperous career, as one of the top lawyers in the energy industry.