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Michael L. O'Neill

Fax +1.617.261.3175

Mike O’Neill is an associate in the firm’s Boston office and focuses his practice on energy, infrastructure, and natural resources issues. His practice deals primarily with energy and environmental issues, particularly with respect to natural gas and oil, especially under the Natural Gas Act, liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipeline safety and compliance, natural gas tariffs, and commodities regulation. He practices primarily before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and the Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration (“PHMSA”). He also has extensive experience supporting transactions across many segments in the global LNG value chain.


Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. O’Neill worked for two years as an attorney and law clerk at a national energy and environment law firm and five years as an Energy Policy Analyst at an international law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Energy Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Young Professionals in Energy
  • U.S. federal, state and local authorities’ roles in the development of energy infrastructure, including pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal siting.
  • LNG import and export issues, including the Department of Energy's (DOE) regulation of imports and exports of LNG, and the FERC’s regulation of LNG terminal facilities.
  • Safety and compliance advice under PHMSA’s Part 192, 193, and 195 regulations (applicable to natural gas pipelines, LNG storage facilities and transfer pipelines, and hazardous liquid pipelines, respectively).
  • Due diligence support for transactions across many segments of the global LNG value chain, including: 
    • Project site selection;
    • Equity and debt financing decisions;
    • Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts; and
    • Terminal Use Agreements and other transactions to optimize LNG assets.