Travis Cushman’s practice focuses on energy law, environmental issues and complex commercial litigation. Travis has represented corporate clients, public utilities and national trade organizations in multiple areas, including enforcement actions, federal and state rulemaking, intellectual property and contracts, as well as antitrust litigation and class actions. He has served on litigation teams defending and prosecuting claims valued into the billions of dollars at stake.
Travis is appreciated by clients and colleagues alike for his ability to create comprehensive legal strategies for complex claims. Travis’s strong research and analytical skills allow him to understand even the most subtle nuances of a case. Developing a viable path to resolution is an area in which Travis consistently excels. In addition, he also provides proven skill in consensus building, which is manifest in his ability to deescalate even the most contentious situations.
Of particular note, Travis offers extensive experience in energy law. He has represented industry groups and companies through a myriad of regulatory obstacles and litigation claims, drawing from his knowledge of the law and the industry as a whole. As a result, Travis is able to provide targeted and efficient solutions to such clients in connection with the broad range of challenges they face.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, board of directors, 2013
Representing major energy companies as lead associate in multidistrict litigation, including several putative class actions stemming from the California Energy Crisis. Antitrust claimants alleged that defendants conspired to manipulate commodity prices.
Represented trade groups in crafting, defending and challenging various state and federal rulemakings involving air quality, fisheries and transportation, as well as the Definition of Solid Waste rule, the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and the Endangered Species Act.
Represented an electricity generation supplier as lead associate in actions before public utility commissions stemming from polar vortices of 2014, involving claims by state agencies of misrepresentation and false advertising.
Representing industry groups and municipalities in an action against the DOI and BOEM alleging failures of NEPA, OCSLA and APA, based on the siting process for a wind farm.
Counseled a steel producer in RCRA violations alleged by the EPA.
Part of a team that drafted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of an industry trade group, challenging the expansion of dealer-protection laws.
Lead associate representing an energy product manufacturer in a product liability case involving the explosion of a heat exchanger at a gas production plant.
Represented an oil and gas company in a multistate class action involving royalty claims of mineral lessors for profits from hedging transactions under an oil and gas lease.
Represented a manufacturer in an investigation of possible EPA and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality actions.
Represented a public electrical power generator and distributor in an action alleging trespassing and theft of coal from a primary source.
Represented an energy company in assessing the insolvency ramifications of a subsidiary.
Advised a pipeline company regarding its obligations and potential liability arising from its settlement agreement with the EPA over a Superfund site.
Advised a midstream gas company on EPA reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Advised a midstream gas company on easement concerns associated with a large natural gas pipeline.
Drafted form language for a midstream gas company’s Master Services Agreement.
Delivered a continuing education presentation to the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals engineers, on professional liability in Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental site assessments.