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Barclay Richard Nicholson


Barclay Richard Nicholson


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Barclay Nicholson offers clients in-depth knowledge and experience in energy-related, construction and business disputes.  As a partner in the Houston office, Barclay has represented a broad range of clients from among the largest of the Fortune 500 Companies to entrepreneurial business owners. He has significant experience in handling energy related litigation and has represented some of the world's major oil and gas producing and refining companies as well as some of the nation's biggest drilling and E&P companies.  Barclay also has extensive experience in construction related disputes and has represented some of the largest construction companies in the nation. Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, noted Barclay for his litigation practice describing him as, "absolutely wonderful," " a very, very strong lawyer," "knowledgeable, responsive and accessible," "intelligent and good natured."

Within the area of energy litigation, Barclay is known for his legal expertise related to hydraulic fracturing.  He has authored numerous articles and given speeches both across the nation and internationally on all aspects of unconventional oil and gas plays.  Barclay is the author of the "Analysis of Litigation Involving Shale & Hydraulic Fracturing" which details all of the litigation across the country involving shale plays. Barclay is the editor and author of the ABA's Book, "The Shale Energy Revolution: A Lawyer's Guide."  He is also the editor and author of the Shale Gas Handbook and serves as the editor of, a blog devoted to pressing legal issues in hydraulic fracturing.

Barclay has assisted clients in all of North America's major shale plays.  Internationally, Barclay has been chosen to assist the US State Department Bureau of Energy and the US Department of Commerce, through its Commercial Law Development Program, in advising the Countries of China, India, Iceland, Vietnam, Colombia, Chile, and Afghanistan on their unconventional and shale oil and gas resources and the regulatory and legal matters associated with those resources. 

Most recently Barclay served on: the US/China Unconventional Oil & Gas Sustainable Development Workshop in Beijing, China, the Oil and Gas Sector Regulation and Long-Term Management in the Artic Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Regional Unconventional Gas Technical Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam, the US/Mongolia Unconventional Oil & Gas Workshop in Ulanbator, Mongolia,  the US/Afghanistan Cooperation on Extractive Industries Development Program that took place in Doha, Qatar, the US/Colombia Cooperation on Coal Bed Methane Extraction and Unconventional Resources in Bogota, Colombia, the US/India Cooperation on Unconventional Natural Gas Consultations in New Delhi, India and the US/Chile Consultations on Unconventional Natural Gas in Santiago, Chile.        

In construction related litigation, Barclay has represented some of the nation's largest construction companies.  He has routinely represented construction owners as well as general contractors and design professionals in construction defect and construction delay cases.  Barclay has dealt with construction related litigation ranging from multi-story residential high rise buildings, to pipeline construction cases, to large scale commercial buildings.

Barclay also recently served as Chair of the Houston Bar Association's Litigation Section, which has more than 1,200 members.

Barclay has handled commercial cases that involve amounts exceeding one billion dollars. He has represented clients in numerous proceedings both in the United States (in federal and state courts) and abroad (in the LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and ICDR). Additionally, he has represented clients before various administrative and congressional oversight boards.

Previously, Barclay served as Briefing Attorney for Justice Alberto Gonzales of the Texas Supreme Court, who later served as the United States Attorney General. He also served as Briefing Clerk for Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court.

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