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The Hydraulic Fracking Blog editor is Barclay Nicholson, who offers clients in-depth knowledge and experience in energy-related and business disputes.

As a partner in the Houston office, Barclay has represented a broad range of clients from among the largest of the Fortune 500 Companies to entrepreneurial business owners. He has significant experience in handling energy related litigation and has represented some of the world's major oil and gas producing and refining companies as well as some of the nation's biggest drilling and E&P companies.

Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, noted Barclay is, "intelligent, good natured and more than capable of handling a large-scale case."

Barclay serves on the Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force and has authored numerous articles and given speeches both across the nation and internationally on all aspects of unconventional oil and gas plays. Barclay also serves as the Editor of www.frackingblog.com, a blog devoted to hydraulic fracturing. Recently, a joint post between Barclay and Jim Hartle was recognized by Texas Bar Today as one of its' top ten blog weekly posts. Barclay has assisted clients in all of North America's major shale plays, including the Bakken, Barnett, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Marcellus, Pearsall and Utica fields. Internationally, Barclay has been chosen to assist the U.S. State Department Bureau of Energy and the U.S. Department of Commerce, through its Commercial Law Development Program, in advising the Countries of India, Chile, and Afghanistan on their unconventional and shale gas resources and the regulatory and legal matters associated with those resources. Most recently Barclay served on the U.S. - Afghanistan Cooperation on Extractive Industries Development Program that took place in Doha, Qatar. Previously, Barclay participated in the U.S./India Cooperation on Unconventional Natural Gas Consultations in New Delhi, India and the U.S./Chile Consultations on Unconventional Natural Gas in Santiago, Chile.

Currently, Barclay serves as Chair of the Houston Bar Association's Litigation Section, which has more than 1,200 members.

Barclay has handled commercial cases that involve amounts exceeding one billion dollars. He has represented clients in numerous proceedings both in the United States (in federal and state courts) and abroad (in the LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and ICDR). Additionally, he has represented clients before various administrative and congressional oversight boards.

Previously, Barclay served as Briefing Attorney for Justice Alberto Gonzales of the Texas Supreme Court, who later served as the United States Attorney General. Barclay also served as Briefing Clerk for Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court.