Tim Sowecke is an associate in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and is a member of the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and Real Estate Practice Groups. He is admitted to practice in federal and state courts in Oklahoma and Wyoming.
Tim’s environmental practice includes state and federal permitting, licensing and compliance matters relevant to pipelines, oil and gas operations, residential and commercial real estate development and agricultural operations. He has a comprehensive understanding of federal environmental regulatory law, specifically compliance and agency enforcement issues pertaining to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 106 consultations under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Tim takes great pride in providing regulatory guidance for his clients so that they can make informed business decisions.
Tim’s energy practice focuses on midstream development and other land use and access issues relevant to oil and gas exploration, production and transportation. He has successfully negotiated by agreement numerous easements and rights of way for intra- and interstate oil and gas pipeline projects. He has also acquired numerous rights of way and easements through condemnation proceedings in Oklahoma courts. In addition to condemnation related litigation, Tim represents pipeline clients in various declaratory and injunctive relief proceedings for contract- and statute-based disputes. Once the pipe is in the ground, he helps his clients with regulatory compliance issues. He has also assisted in complex energy litigation related to underpayment of oil and gas royalties, water and soil contamination related to oil and gas operations and a number of contract disputes related to oil and gas.
In addition to his energy and environmental practice, Tim is committed to pro- and low-bono service related to criminal justice reform matters, and he also assists small local nonprofits with a variety of legal issues.
A graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, Tim was awarded the Excellence in Advocacy Award and received a number of merit-based scholarships. He also served as student editor for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal. Upon graduation, Tim served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kate Fox of the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Outside of the firm, he is an active member of the Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City and is also a member of the American Bar Association, Wyoming Bar Association and Oklahoma County Bar Association.
Tim received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He holds a Master of Arts in Environment and Natural Resources from The University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is also a graduate of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Mediation Program.