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Brian T. Polley

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Brian T. Polley is an associate in the Firm’s Corporate & Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions groups and focuses his practice on oil and gas law, energy-related transactions and projects, and general corporate and securities matters. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Mr. Polley worked as an associate for an Am Law 100 energy law firm based in Houston, with a US government agency in the intelligence community, and advised a US senator on foreign and defense policy. 

Practice Focus

Mr. Polley advises on transactions, project development, and corporate and securities matters, with an emphasis on the representation of purchasers and sellers in both asset and equity deals in the energy industry. He represents companies in a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, including securities offerings, US Securities and Exchange Commission reporting obligations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, private equity, and corporate restructurings. Mr. Polley also advises clients on LNG projects (including LNG SPAs, EPC contracts, terminal use agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, and related matters), as well as national security reviews of foreign investments (CFIUS).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Energy Bar Association - Member
  • Houston Bar Association - Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association - Lawyers Against Waste Committee - Co-Chair
  • World Affairs Council of Houston - Member
  • State Bar of Texas - Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
  • American Bar Association - Standing Committee on Law and National Security - Research Associate


  • Texas~United States (2012)


  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.) (2012)
  • Texas A&M University (M.A.) (2007)
  • University of Texas (B.A.) (2004)


  • English

Co-author, "What's Next for the Clean Power Plan?" Power Magazine, Connected Plant Conference, 1 February 2018

Author, "Three Key Energy Developments from President Trump in Week One," Texas Lawyer, January 2017

Author, "Crude Oil Exports from the US: Current Issues and Future Outlook," Texas Lawyer, October 2016

Author, "The Texas Power Market: An Industry in Flux," Texas Lawyer, 2 December 2015

Author, "South Africa’s Gas-to-Power Program: Where is the Gas?" Resource Global Network, September 2015