Jon Katchen is counsel with the firm's Environment & Natural Resources Group. His practice is focused on natural resources project development, defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions, financing associated with Alaska's oil and gas production tax credits, and complex commercial litigation. Jon also counsels investors and resource development companies regarding economic development opportunities in Alaska.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Jon served as senior counsel to Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, where he advised the senior administration officials and state legislators on a host of natural resource issues including impediments to oil, gas, and mining project development, improvements to state and federal permitting, administrative appeals, land use planning decisions, and strategies to increase investment and job opportunities in Alaska.
Jon was also the State of Alaska's lead negotiator in a multi-year negotiation over one of the largest undeveloped oil and gas fields in North America. The negotiations culminated in a landmark settlement between the state and three major energy companies that will finally bring the long-dormant field into production.
Before working at the Department of Natural Resources, Jon served as special assistant to Attorney General Dan Sullivan. In this role, he counseled the attorney general, governor, and senior administration officials on legal issues involving oil and gas lease disputes, natural resource development on federal lands, pipeline regulatory issues, federal permitting, domestic violence, and native sovereignty issues. Jon also drafted Attorney General Opinions and petitions for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Representative matters since joining Crowell & Moring include:
- Represent a leading LNG company in connection with a $600 million transaction involving the acquisition of Cook Inlet gas reserves, lease negotiations with a local government for the liquefaction facility, marketing efforts, and permitting issues associated with the LNG facility.
- Represent an independent oil and gas company in a $500 million public-private partnership to finance development drilling, civil work, pipelines, and the first independently owned and operated production facility on the North Slope.
- Multiple representations with lenders and borrowers in financing deals associated with Alaska's oil and gas production tax credits.
- Advise numerous oil, natural gas and mining clients in obtaining permits and other governmental approvals, including federal, state, and North Slope Borough permits for land and water use, bonding, exploration and development plans, unit agreements, lease assignments, and royalty modifications.
- Advise independent oil and gas companies in connection with unconventional oil and gas leasing, permitting, and unitization.
- Defend a mining company in a Clean Water Act veto proceeding.
- Assist in preparing responses to comments under NEPA and in acquiring 404(b) and related permits for mining and oil and gas clients.
- Prosecuted an Unfair Trade Practices Act action for a corporate client, which settled on favorable terms for the client.
- Defended a managing member of a limited liability company in litigation against a minority member involving the parties' respective rights and obligations under the company's operating agreement. The client prevailed on summary judgment.
- Represented an oil and gas lessee in litigation and negotiations with a lessor regarding alleged violations of conservation laws and compliance with lease terms.
Jon practices in federal and state courts and has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, federal District Court of Alaska, the Alaska Supreme Court, the Alaska Superior Court, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. He has also testified before the Alaska Legislature.
Before returning to Alaska in 2005 to practice law, Jon served as a law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Jon graduated from Boston College with a B.A. and M.A. in theology. He earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2004. Prior to attending law school Jon counseled felons in anger management in Juneau, Alaska.
Admitted to practice: Alaska
Speeches & Presentations
"Industry in Turm-Oil: An Exploration of Financing, Workout, and Bankruptcy Issues Unique to the Oil & Gas Industry," ABA 2016 Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
(September 9, 2016).
Presenters: Scott Lessne and Jon Katchen.
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