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DENVER– LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs Network –The international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. is opening a Denver office to further serve energy companies active in the Rockies.

“It’s important that Fulbright be on the ground in Denver to help our clients expedite energy development while protecting the outstanding environmental qualities found in the Rockies,” said Steven B. Pfeiffer, Chair of Fulbright’s Executive Committee. “We understand the structures and risks energy companies face in the U.S. and abroad. Denver is an important place for our attorneys to have a permanent presence in order to best serve our current and future clients.”

The new Denver office broadens Fulbright’s services in energy litigation, regulatory compliance, and energy transactions. Fulbright operates offices in other locations strategic to the energy industry, including in Texas, Washington, D.C., New York, California, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Fulbright’s Energy Practice Group has approximately 250 lawyers throughout its 16 offices.

“Over 70 years, we have developed vast experience in legal issues affecting the energy industry,” said Fulbright partner Jeff Dykes, who will head the firm’s Denver office. “Fulbright attorneys are experienced in handling matters from every sector of the energy industry – exploration and production; gathering, transportation and distribution; refining and petrochemical manufacturing; trading and marketing; power generation and alternative energy, including wind power.”

Fulbright’s experienced energy attorneys in Denver will be joined by Ken Wonstolen, who has long served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. Wonstolen, who starts with Fulbright in January, will serve as senior counsel. He has three decades of experience in energy policy and law. Wonstolen has worked as a trade association executive, and as both outside and in-house counsel to a number of oil and gas clients.

“The opening of Fulbright’s Denver office offers a great opportunity to expand the range of my service to the Rocky Mountain energy industry. Fulbright’s impressive energy experience and expansive national and international presence provides an ideal platform to grow my practice,” Wonstolen said. “By combining forces with Fulbright, a firm known for its energy expertise, I’m better able to serve the industry I’ve dedicated my career to.”

Fulbright has a substantial practice before federal agencies involved in energy development and environmental protection. The addition of Wonstolen, who has practiced before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Colorado Department of Health & Environment further enhances that capability at the state level.

“Ken’s experience helps clients reduce regulatory delays,” said Fulbright Partner Poe Leggette, head of the firm’s Western Lands and Energy Practice. “We like to focus on environmental protection early in the process, so we can shorten the time it takes a company to find and develop a prospect.”

Senior associate Bret Sumner, also resident in the firm’s Denver office, works with Leggette and will work with Wonstolen in helping clients address energy and natural resource matters.

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Founded in 1919, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. is a leading full-service international law firm, with more than 1,000 lawyers in 16 locations in Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., Austin, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Munich and Riyadh. Fulbright provides a full range of legal services to both domestic and foreign clients worldwide.

The 2006 BTI survey of FORTUNE 1000 general counsel chose Fulbright as a “Power Elite Law Firm,” Corporate Board Member magazine named Fulbright among the top 20 corporate law firms in the U.S. in their survey of board members of public companies, and International Law Office, based on survey responses received from international corporate counsel, awarded Fulbright the “2005 Client Choice Award” as the top law firm for client service in the United States. For more information, please visit

Fulbright’s Denver office is located at Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street, Suite 2150, Denver, Colorado, 80202-5638. The telephone number is (303) 801-2700 and the fax number is (303) 801-2777.

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