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Sandra E. Safro

Sandra Safro is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. and Houston offices. She co-leads K&L Gates’ global hydrogen initiative and serves as a practice group coordinator for the oil, gas, and resources practice within the firm's energy, infrastructure, and resources practice group. She focuses her practice on regulatory, policy, and transactional issues related primarily to natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and hydrogen. Sandra regularly advises clients on matters related to commodity and pipeline transportation issues, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) policies related to capacity release and in the negotiation of precedent agreements, negotiated rate agreements, asset management arrangements, transportation service agreements, and the terms and conditions of service included in pipeline tariffs. Sandra also advises clients on issues related to the import and export of LNG, including commercial agreements related to terminal capacity, developments on Capitol Hill, and proceedings before FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE). She represents clients in natural gas and oil pipeline rate proceedings before the FERC and state agencies and advises clients on pipeline safety issues before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Sandra's clients include natural gas and LNG marketers, importers, exporters, and project developers; oil pipelines and shippers; oil and gas drilling companies; financial institutions; and state and provincial government officials. She co-lead and contributed to The H2 Handbook and co-hosts the firm’s biweekly hydrogen podcast, Hydrogen Rising. Sandra also chairs a committee on the firm's Women in the Profession committee and is a member of the hiring committee for the Washington, D.C. office.

Prior to joining the firm, Sandra was a member of the energy and environmental practice group at a Washington, D.C. law firm. She also worked in the compliance department of an energy trading company during a secondment in 2012.

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America, “Best Lawyers - Energy Regulatory Law”, 2018-2021
  • Selected as a “Rising Star” in Energy by the 2016 and 2017 editions of Super Lawyers
  • Named to “Trending 40’s Top Lawyers Under 40” in 2016 by Legal Bisnow
  • Energy Bar Association, Board Member, 2016-2019
  • Charitable Foundation of the Energy Board Association, Board Member, 2014-2015
  • Energy Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee, Vice Chair, 2013-2014
  • Panelist, Hydrogen at Scale, MIT Energy Conference - Mar. 12, 2021
  • Guest, K&L Gates Sandra Safro - Hydrogen, Edison Electric Institute’s The Current, Podcast - Dec. 10, 2020
  • Moderator, Hydrogen Markets in the Americas and the Transition to Low/No Carbon Hydrogen, S&P Global Platts Hydrogen Markets Americas Virtual Conference - Nov. 10, 2020
  • Speaker, Energy and Environmental Policy in the Next Administration, KLG - Nov. 5, 2020
  • Moderator, Do Indexed Rates Still Work for Oil Pipelines?, Energy Bar Association, Fall Forum - Oct. 14, 2020
  • Speaker, Ethical Considerations for Landmen, AAPL 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Session - June 24, 2020
  • Roundtable Leader, Sponsors, Influencers & Career Engineering, The Women in Law Summit Series, Women, Diversity & Change - May 16, 2019
  • Speaker, “Midstream Update, Challenges and the Real World,” Midstream PA 2017, October 19, 2017
  • Moderator, “Pipeline Development Disputes: Where is the Litigation Taking Us?” Shale Insight 2017, September 27, 2017
  • Speaker, “Pipeline construction continues – Or not,” Kallanish North America Oil & Gas 2017, May 23, 2017
  • Speaker, “The Criminalization of Environmental Regulation: How to Respond and is There More to come?” K&L Gates, February 28, 2017
  • Speaker, “The Sky’s the Limit: Unmanned Aircraft in the Natural Gas Industry,” Shale Insight 2016, September 21, 2016
  • Speaker, “Not in My Backyard - NIMBY Issues Facing Energy Infrastructure Projects,” E4 Carolinas, September 15, 2016
  • Speaker, “From Shale to Sail, Production, Transportation, and Export of U.S. Oil and Gas,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, April 1, 2016
  • Panel Moderator and Speaker, “Congressional Briefing on U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Exports to India,” USINPAC, July 30, 2014
  • Speaker, “Fossil Fuel Exports,” University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2013 Energy Law Policy Institute, August 1-2, 2013
  • Panel Moderator, “Pipeline Planning, Permitting, Construction, and Operation,” University of Pittsburgh School of Law 2013, Energy Law Policy Institute, August 1-2, 2013
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