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About Ryan

Ryan Eletto’s practice involves complex commercial litigation, investigations, and white collar matters.  His experience encompasses a broad range of subjects, including enforcement, compliance, environmental and energy issues, and matters involving the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Ryan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce E. Kasold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. During his time at the University of North Carolina School of Law, he received the Eugene Gressman and Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award and was a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Appellate Advocacy Team.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners — acquisition of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals, a multi-commodity transportation, terminal, and marine construction and repair company serving the Pacific Northwest, from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners was the lead investor of a group consisting of Ullico, funds and accounts under management by BlackRock, Silverfern and certain other co-investors.  

Chemical import companies — compliance under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and federal pesticide laws (FIFRA), and related regulatory compliance and policy analysis strategies

Affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc — strategic investment with Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP in forming a joint venture to invest in core infrastructure assets

Venoco, Inc. and its affiliated debtors in possession — Chapter 11 petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to restructure their debt obligations and capital structure and its affiliates Denver Parent Corporation, TexCal Energy (LP) LLC, Whittier Pipeline Corporation, TexCal Energy (GP) LLC, Ellwood Pipeline, Inc., and TexCal Energy South Texas, L.P., which included advocacy at the confluence of bankruptcy and environmental law, drafting discovery documents and other court filings, preparing expert witnesses, and advising on state and federal regulatory issues associated with oil and gas decommissioning

Publications and Speeches

Co-author, “Practitioner Insights: Environmental Auditing in New Regulatory Era,” Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report, February 5, 2018.

What to Expect When You Don’t Know What to Expect: Working the EHS Regulatory Crystal Ball, Young Professionals in Energy Austin Chapter, May 5, 2017.

President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, suggests a weakening of the Chevron Doctrine with less deference to rulemaking efforts from EPA, DOI and other federal agencies, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 10, 2017.

Credentials

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law,
J.D.
2014
cum laude
University of Southern California,
B.A.
2010

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York
U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations

New York State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
American Bar Association

News

Insights

Insights

Ninth Circuit Sides with CFTC on Scope of Anti-Manipulation Authority

August 2, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that revives claims by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that Monex Deposit Company and two affiliates (Monex) violated the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA)...

Takeaways from the FERC and CFTC Annual Enforcement Reports for Energy Companies

November 26, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) each issued their annual enforcement reports last week. As always, these reports...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Alert: April 2018

May 9, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

Pursuant to a settlement offer, a Business Conduct Committee (BCC) Panel found that on October 16, 2015, an automated trading system (ATS) deployed by a member entity sold the February 2016 Eurodollar futures contract, which led to a 74-tick price movement...

DOJ ENRD Memo Blog Series: Enforcement Principle 2: “Enhancing Cooperative Federalism”

May 7, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

On March 12, 2018, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resource Division (“ENRD”), Jeffrey H. Wood, issued a U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) memorandum titled...

DOJ’s Environmental Enforcement Priorities and Expectations – Refocusing on the Rule of Law

April 19, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) has issued a series of memoranda from the Department’s highest levels to its various component divisions...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Alert: March 2018

April 9, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Alert: February 2018

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular focus on notices potentially relevant to energy commodities and...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Alert: January 2018

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular focus on notices potentially relevant to energy commodities...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Alert: December 2017

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular focus on notices potentially relevant to energy commodities...

Rescission of BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: What Happens Now?

January 8, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

In one of the Trump Administration’s final acts of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) formally announced on December 29, 2017, its rescission of the 2015 final rule regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands (2015 final rule). This...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - November 2017

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular focus on notices potentially relevant to energy commodities and...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - October 2017

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular focus on notices potentially relevant to energy commodities and...

CFTC Annual Enforcement Update

On November 22, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released its annual enforcement report for fiscal year 2017. As in previous years, this year’s report highlights the agency’s continued commitment to enforcement and aggressive pursuit of those viewed as engaging in conduct that undermines the integrity of...

New Tactics, Same Result: Local Efforts to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing Continue to Falter Despite New Approaches to Regulation

October 13, 2017

Despite numerous attempts in recent years by local governments to regulate oil and gas activities at the municipal level, recent developments in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado signal a continued trend favoring states’ authority to regulate these issues as matters...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - September 2017

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular focus on notices potentially relevant to energy commodities and...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - August 2017

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - July 2017

NYMEX NYMEX 15-0305-BC Position Limits Violation of Rule 562 – Position Limit Violations On August 9, 2016, a Probable Cause Committee (“PCC”) panel charged a non-member entity with violating NYMEX Rule 562, based on allegations that on November 23, 2015...

CFTC Fines and Imposes Permanent Ban on Trader Accused of Spoofing

July 28, 2017
Energy Legal Blog®

On July 26, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an order approving a settlement resolving allegations that Simon Posen of New York violated the CFTC’s prohibition on spoofing by entering bids or offers with “the intent to cancel the bid...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - June 2017

July 12, 2017
Energy Legal Blog®

NYMEX NYMEX 16-0498-BC Position Limit Violation of Rule 562 – Position Limit Violations Pursuant to a settlement offer, a Business Conduct Committee panel (“BCC Panel”) found that on July 27, 2016...

U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - May 2017

June 9, 2017
Energy Legal Blog®

NYMEX NYMEX 16-0372-BC Misc. Violation of Rule 432.Q, 432.W – General Offenses Pursuant to a settlement offer, a panel found that from July 2015 through March 2016, a non-member trader was...

Unusual Dynamics Of Upstream Distress - Environmental Law Seminar, Spring 2017

May 4, 2017

A high-level presentation on financial distress affecting upstream oil and gas companies. The presentation discusses factors that precipitated this distress (such as low commodity prices), the effects of such distress (such as accelerated decommissioning obligations), and highlights key challenges and takeaways of note.

For Those Keeping Tally, Another Win for Defendants’ Rights: Exploring De Novo Review and Burdens of Proof

March 31, 2017
Energy Legal Blog®

On March 30, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an order denying, without prejudice, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC” or the “Commission”)...

President Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, Suggests a Weakening of the Chevron Doctrine With Less Deference to Rulemaking Efforts from EPA, DOI and Other Federal Agencies

January 31, 2017
Energy Legal Blog®

On January 31, President Donald Trump selected Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nomination for the United States Supreme Court seat left...

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Thomson Reuters
Washington, DC Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2018 - 2020
UNC School of Law
Death Penalty and the Supreme Court, Top Grade, Spring, 2014

Events