Daniel P.


With more than 30 years of corporate counsel and private practice experience, including serving 18 years as in-house counsel for Shell Oil and ExxonMobil, Dan LeFort advises U.S. and foreign-based companies on the development, construction, procurement and sale of energy-related projects in the liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrochemical, oil and electric utility sectors.

Dan routinely counsels on upstream matters including oil and gas leases, farm-ins and farm-outs, joint operating agreements and landowner disputes; midstream projects involving offtake agreements, natural gas pipelines, crude oil and gas processing facilities; and downstream refineries and petrochemical plants.  

Dan also has particular experience counseling on power plant and LNG receiving and export terminal development and sales in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Dan worked in the oil and gas practice of a large international law firm, where he was resident in both the Houston and Tokyo offices. His previous experience includes serving as associate general counsel for a major Arabian Gulf national oil company.

Selected Experience

Professional Activities

Former Director, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Co-chair, AIPN 2010 International Conference
Member, AIPN: Master LNG SPA, Area of Mutual Interest Model Farm-out and Joint Operating Agreement Unconventional Operations Drafting Committees

  • J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • B.A., Louisiana State University
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana
  • Texas

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