Tim Sowecke is an associate in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and is a member of the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and Real Estate Practice Groups. He is admitted to practice in federal and state courts in Oklahoma and Wyoming.
Tim’s energy practice focuses on condemnation and other land use and access issues relevant to oil and gas exploration, development, and transportation. Tim has successfully negotiated numerous easements and right of ways for intra- and interstate oil and gas pipeline projects. He has also acquired numerous right of ways and easements through condemnation proceedings in Oklahoma courts. In addition to condemnation related litigation, Tim represents pipeline clients in various declaratory and injunctive relief proceedings for contract- and statute-based disputes. Once the pipe is in the ground, Tim helps his corporate clients with regulatory compliance issues. Tim has also assisted in complex energy litigation related to underpayment of oil and gas royalties, water and soil contamination related to oil and gas operations, and a number of contract disputes related to oil and gas.
Tim’s environmental practice includes state and federal permitting, licensing, and compliance matters relevant to pipelines, and oil and gas operations. He is also experienced in federal environmental regulatory compliance issues, assisting clients with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulations, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Section 106 consultations under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
A graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, Tim was awarded the Excellence in Advocacy Award and received a number of merit-based scholarships. He also served as student editor for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal. Upon graduation, Tim served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kate Fox of the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Outside of the firm, Tim serves as a board member for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Moderns. He is an Emerging Leader for the United Way of Central Oklahoma, and is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. He is an active member of the Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City and is also a member of the American Bar Association, Wyoming Bar Association, and Oklahoma County Bar Association. Tim also recently founded and is the president and chair of the Board of Friends of the Oklahoma River, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting diverse groups of people to the Oklahoma River through recreation, education, conservation and public art.
Tim received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He holds a Master of Arts in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is also a graduate of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Mediation Program.
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Professional Associations & Memberships
- Oklahoma County Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court, Oklahoma City, Member
- Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City, Member
- Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Wyoming Bar, Member
- "Business Owners, Clients Can Take Steps to Ensure Ideal Outcomes During Construction Projects," NewsOK Q&A, May 2018
- "There are No Two-For-One Deals in Regulatory Law," The Journal Record, February 2017
- "Gavel to Gavel: #DAPL – Not your Normal Pipeline Pressure," The Journal Record, January 2017
- United Way of Central Oklahoma, Emerging Leader
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Big Brother
- Oklahoma High School Mock Trial Program, Volunteer Judge
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art Moderns, Board Member