James Spencer represents clients in a wide variety of energy and commercial law transactions with an emphasis on project development, infrastructure, acquisitions, financing, and liability analysis and prevention. His experience includes representing clients in both domestic and international matters and in such diverse locations as South East Asia, Northern and Western Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Western Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. James also offers substantial experience advising and representing clients in various arenas of dispute resolution including litigation, mediation, arbitration and settlement negotiations.
As an attorney with a chemical engineering background, James possesses broad energy industry experience and a technical understanding of energy projects which enhances his ability to provide advice and counsel to his clients. James’ industry experience includes work as a Project Engineer for an oil and gas services company in Singapore and as an Energy Infrastructure Policy Analyst for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C.
James has experience drafting, negotiating and interpreting various oil and gas and financing agreements including: production sharing contracts, participation agreements, joint development agreements, joint operating agreements, mineral leases, sale and purchase agreements, commission agreements, letters of intent, gas supply agreements, gas transportation agreements, royalty agreements, promissory notes, loan agreements, security agreements, guarantees, creditor agreements, confidentiality agreements, and settlement agreements.
Prior to joining Cogan & Partners, James served as General Counsel to a corporation in The Woodlands, Texas specializing in software applications for the oil, gas and mining industries. Before his term as General Counsel, James was an attorney at the international law firms of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP where he represented clients in corporate energy transactions, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation.
University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2008
Texas A&M University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2004
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, and 10th Circuits