Caldwell Boudreau Lefler PLLC
Elizabeth Kohlhausen’s principal area of practice is compliance with federal and state law governing the transportation of energy commodities by pipeline. She specifically focuses on the economic regulation of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and refined petroleum products by pipeline. Elizabeth has represented clients in complex rate litigation proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and she also frequently provides advice to clients regarding liquids pipelines subject to the jurisdiction of the Railroad Commission of Texas.
She is well-versed in the development of liquids pipeline projects and regularly counsels clients on regulatory matters affecting their development. Elizabeth has worked on pipeline projects for the transportation of liquids from every major production area in the United States, performing key contractual and regulatory roles related to billions of dollars of pipeline infrastructure development investments. She has extensive experience in preparing documentation related to these types of projects, including Transportation Services Agreements, tariffs, and prorationing policies. Elizabeth has filed 16 Declaratory Orders with FERC in support of these types of projects and has received approval for all of them.
Elizabeth also advises clients on liquids marketing issues and on regulatory issues related to multimodal liquids transportation projects, including those involving oil exports by water, and she frequently counsels clients on operational issues and liquid pipeline tariff modifications.
Several of Elizabeth’s current clients include MPLX, LP, Plains Pipeline, Harvest Pipeline, Enterprise Products Partners, and Western Midstream.
Prior to helping to form Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC nearly eight years ago, Elizabeth was an attorney in Vinson & Elkins LLP liquids pipeline regulatory team for a number of years. She received her juris doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2006, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a part of the Houston Law Review. Elizabeth received an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University, where she graduated summa cum laude.