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Barclay Nicholson, Oil and Gas Regulations Expert

Barclay Nicholson

Barclay R. Nicholson is a partner in the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright, where he focuses his practice on energy and commercial disputes.

Barclay has represented a board 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. Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, noted Barclay for his energy practice describing him as, "absolutely wonderful," "knowledgeable, responsive and accessible," "intelligent and good natured."

Barclay serves on the firm's Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force and has authored numerous articles and given multiple speeches across the nation and internationally on hydraulic fracturing and on all aspects of unconventional oil and gas plays. Barclay is the author of the book Analysis of Litigation Involving Shale & Hydraulic Fracturing which details all of the litigation across the country involving shale plays. Barclay also serves as the Editor of, a blog devoted to hydraulic fracturing.

Barclay has assisted clients in all of North America's major shale plays, and 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, Vietnam, Colombia, Chile, and Afghanistan on their unconventional and shale oil and gas resources and the regulatory and legal matters associated with those resources.

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