Barry Cannaday is a member of Dentons' Public Law and Energy practices.
Barry's practice is based in Dallas and Houston and focuses on representing clients in the energy sector in connection with matters relating to downstream and midstream oil and gas exploration, production, processing, gathering, transportation and marketing.
Barry represents energy clients, both onshore and offshore, in connection with oil and gas leasing, oil and gas contracting, operations, regulatory compliance, joint ventures, financings, acquisitions, divestitures, and restructuring.
He also represents energy clients in arbitrations, trial and appellate work relating to most facets of the petroleum industry.
Barry started his legal career as in-house counsel for Gulf Oil Corporation and later became general counsel for Mesa Petroleum Co. before entering private practice in 1984.
Barry has extensive experience representing major and independent exploration, production and refining companies, as well as drilling contractors, service companies, crude oil purchasers, natural gas marketing companies, refined product pipelines, and other participants in the petroleum industry such as commercial banks, investment banks and foreign investors in connection with their U.S. oil and gas investments.
He also represents clients in connection with acquiring and developing wind energy resources. Between 1997 and 2007, Barry acted as lead counsel for a refined products pipeline running from Houston to El Paso, Texas, whose partners were affiliates of several of the largest oil and gas companies.
His representation encompassed all aspects of the creation, financing and operation of an interstate refined products pipeline, including transportation, trading and terminaling of refined products; regulatory compliance for a refined products pipeline and terminals; and the defense and prosecution of pipeline-related litigation, including litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
In addition, Barry has represented numerous clients in connection with oil and gas exploration and development activities in foreign countries, including Canada, Australia, Colombia, Peru, Nigeria, Vietnam and offshore UK. This representation has included advice relating to the drafting, negotiation and administration of production sharing contracts, international operating agreements, farmout and farmin agreements, drilling and construction contracts, joint venture agreements, and financing agreements.
- "The Duties of Operator in Marketing Non-Operators Production," Buying and Selling Gas, Chapter 2, Executive Enterprises Publications Co., Inc., 1990
- "The Accountability of a Producing Co-Tenant," Natural Resources State Bar Section Report, February 1976
Activities and Affiliations
- Barry has spoken at various Executive Enterprise Seminars and
at the South Texas School of Law relating to oil and gas
- American Bar Association
- Texas State Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
Prior and Present Employment
Prior to joining Dentons, he served as partner in the Dallas office of Patton Boggs LLP, where his practice focused on representing clients in the energy sector with respect to virtually all aspects of their businesses.