Oklahoma Leadership in Law Profile: Chris A. Paul

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Chris A. Paul's aspiration to become an attorney was driven primarily by two reasons - his desire to work with individuals and organizations to improve lives and business practices and his belief that honor and fairness are not dead.

Paul's practice focuses on complex transactional and regulatory matters faced by businesses. He assists clients with resolution of all aspects of transactions, including pre-transaction due diligence, risk assessment and evaluation and preparation of contracts, and post-transaction implementation of contractual protections and best operating practices. His practice includes significant environmental work involving site remediation and issues of natural resource damage claims, application of risk-based closure requirements, cost recovery actions, and environmental compliance planning and programs.

Paul has substantial legal and management experience in providing counseling to energy and manufacturing operations in areas of liabilities and exposures, environmental requirements, risk communication, environmental program auditing and upgrading, operational compliance, security regulations and programs, records programs, and development of compliance training, tracking and management systems. He has done extensive work with companies to establish systems for managing large numbers of risks and liabilities with a coordinated team approach that increases efficiencies and results in more predictable and consistent outcomes. Additionally, he has a background in energy regulation, having been responsible for transitioning plant natural gas supply to a deregulated environment, and work with pipeline tariff issues.

Paul does extensive work with midstream and downstream energy companies, with a particular focus on pipeline and storage logistics for oil and gas companies.

In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker before such audiences as the Association of Oil Pipelines, American Petroleum Institute, ARMA International, Environmental Federation of Oklahoma, Air and Waste Management Association, OSU Environmental Management Program, International Pipeline Security Forum, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the International Right of Way Association, and ENTELEC (Energy Telecommunications and Electrical Association). …