Rebecca Noecker

Of Counsel

303-407-4488 | direct

303-407-4499 | firm

800-886-6566 | fax

rnoecker@bwenergylaw.com

Mike Beatty and I have both served as general counsel for energy companies. It's different having such in-depth in-house experience in an outside law firm. Clients appreciate the hands-on business perspective we bring to their cases.”

OVERVIEW

 

Becky Noecker joined Beatty & Wozniak in June of 2001 and focuses her practice primarily in the areas of oil and gas litigation.

 

Becky Noecker graduated first in her class from the University of Wyoming and has over 30 years of broad experience in the energy industry.  She served for many years not only as Senior Vice President and as General Counsel for Colorado Interstate Gas Company (CIG) and ANR Pipeline Company, she also served on their Board of Directors. Becky advised management regarding all aspects of the natural gas industry and participated in the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) rulemakings that deregulated much of the industry.  She has an insider’s understanding of the energy industry and what energy executives expect from a law firm.

 

Becky started working at Colorado Interstate Gas Company in 1985 and was instrumental in successfully litigating and managing hundreds of cases filed against pipelines during the restructuring era.  Armed with this experience, Becky has been instrumental in aligning Beatty & Wozniak’s mission with its clients’ satisfaction.  “We understand their budgets and the issues they have with their own customers,” she says.  “We’ve been in their position, so our goal is to pursue the quickest, most cost-effective result that achieves their goals.”    

 

Becky’s broad background of corporate law, litigation and energy allow her to participate in a wide range of legal issues, including litigation, regulatory, policy and general business client counseling.  Becky grew up in Wyoming, an energy hotbed, so energy is in her roots.  She dealt with cases from creation of the lease to explosions at the burner tip.

 

Becky enjoys vacation bicycling tours and spending time with her granddaughters.

 

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Litigation

Some of the proceedings Becky has been involved include:

 

  • Representing over sixty oil and gas companies who were dismissed in false claims act litigation transferred by the MultiDistrict Litigation Panel to Judge Downes in re: Natural Gas Royalties Qui Tam Litigation, United States Court for the District of Wyoming.

  • Hartman v. Questar, represented Arrowhead in a case alleging that Plaintiff owned a net profit interest in the Pinedale Field in Wyoming. 

  • Obtained a federal court injunction granting Clayton Williams access to drill a well.  2008

  • Represents SourceGas Distribution LLC in regulatory proceedings, including rate cases. 

  • United States of America, ex rel., Randy L. Little and Lanis G. Morris v. Apache Corporation, et al., Case No. CIV-05-1397-M, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma: Represented Apache Corporation in a False Claims Act case and obtained early victory on Motion to Dismiss.  2007

  • As General Counsel of CIG and ANR, Ms. Noecker was involved in restructuring the companies’ thousands of gas supply contracts as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission restructured the natural gas industry to a competitive industry.  1985-2001

  • Masterson v. CIG, 227 F.3d 247 (5th Cir.).  Successfully defended a $500 million claim by royalty owners in the Panhandle Field.  2000

  • Dyco v. ANR Pipeline.  Defense counsel in the only successful defense verdict on behalf of a pipeline in a take-or-pay case asserting both force majeure and commercial impracticability.  1991

  • CIG v. NGPL, 962 F.2d 1528 (D. Wyo.).  Plaintiff’s counsel in $549 million antitrust jury verdict.  1990

OVERVIEW

 

Becky Noecker joined Beatty & Wozniak in June of 2001 and focuses her practice primarily in the areas of oil and gas litigation.

 

Becky Noecker graduated first in her class from the University of Wyoming and has over 30 years of broad experience in the energy industry.  She served for many years not only as Senior Vice President and as General Counsel for Colorado Interstate Gas Company (CIG) and ANR Pipeline Company, she also served on their Board of Directors. Becky advised management regarding all aspects of the natural gas industry and participated in the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) rulemakings that deregulated much of the industry.  She has an insider’s understanding of the energy industry and what energy executives expect from a law firm.

 

Becky started working at Colorado Interstate Gas Company in 1985 and was instrumental in successfully litigating and managing hundreds of cases filed against pipelines during the restructuring era.  Armed with this experience, Becky has been instrumental in aligning Beatty & Wozniak’s mission with its clients’ satisfaction.  “We understand their budgets and the issues they have with their own customers,” she says.  “We’ve been in their position, so our goal is to pursue the quickest, most cost-effective result that achieves their goals.”    

 

Becky’s broad background of corporate law, litigation and energy allow her to participate in a wide range of legal issues, including litigation, regulatory, policy and general business client counseling.  Becky grew up in Wyoming, an energy hotbed, so energy is in her roots.  She dealt with cases from creation of the lease to explosions at the burner tip.

 

Becky enjoys vacation bicycling tours and spending time with her granddaughters.

 

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Litigation

Some of the proceedings Becky has been involved include:

 

  • Representing over sixty oil and gas companies who were dismissed in false claims act litigation transferred by the MultiDistrict Litigation Panel to Judge Downes in re: Natural Gas Royalties Qui Tam Litigation, United States Court for the District of Wyoming.

  • Hartman v. Questar, represented Arrowhead in a case alleging that Plaintiff owned a net profit interest in the Pinedale Field in Wyoming. 

  • Obtained a federal court injunction granting Clayton Williams access to drill a well.  2008

  • Represents SourceGas Distribution LLC in regulatory proceedings, including rate cases. 

  • United States of America, ex rel., Randy L. Little and Lanis G. Morris v. Apache Corporation, et al., Case No. CIV-05-1397-M, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma: Represented Apache Corporation in a False Claims Act case and obtained early victory on Motion to Dismiss.  2007

  • As General Counsel of CIG and ANR, Ms. Noecker was involved in restructuring the companies’ thousands of gas supply contracts as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission restructured the natural gas industry to a competitive industry.  1985-2001

  • Masterson v. CIG, 227 F.3d 247 (5th Cir.).  Successfully defended a $500 million claim by royalty owners in the Panhandle Field.  2000

  • Dyco v. ANR Pipeline.  Defense counsel in the only successful defense verdict on behalf of a pipeline in a take-or-pay case asserting both force majeure and commercial impracticability.  1991

  • CIG v. NGPL, 962 F.2d 1528 (D. Wyo.).  Plaintiff’s counsel in $549 million antitrust jury verdict.  1990

Industries

  • Oil and Gas

  • Litigation

Practice Areas

  • Oil and Gas Litigation

  • FERC Rulemaking

  • Oil and Gas Regulatory Proceedings

Admissions

  • State of Colorado

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Professional Activities

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Denver Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

  • Law School Honorary Order of the Coif Inductee, University of Wyoming College of Law, 2012

Education

  • University of Wyoming College of Law, with Honors, J.D. 1979

    • Corpus Juris Secundum Book Awards

    • Hornbook Awards

    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing

    • Law Review

  • University of Wyoming ,with Honors, B.A. 1974

    • Phi Beta Kappa

    • Mortar Board

Speeches and Publications

  • Co-author, Tenth Circuit Provides Clarity on Federal Exploratory Units, The Rocky Mountain Landman (October 2014)

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