Ryan Eletto focuses on environmental strategy, energy regulation, regulatory matters and public policy issues. He advises clients in litigation, investigation, enforcement and compliance matters involving administrative agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ryan also works on matters relating to state and federal energy and environmental statutes, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Natural Gas Act.
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 Team.
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.