Law Firms

Law firms trust Baker & O’Brien to provide expert support and testimony in arbitration and litigation matters for a wide variety of disputes in the oil, gas, chemical, construction, and related industries. With over 30 years of experience, the evidence is overwhelming.

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Baker & O’Brien consultants have testified as experts in international arbitration, U.S. Courts, foreign courts, and in public hearings. Our consultants assist in discovery, site review and analysis, causation analysis, determination of economic damages, application of industry standards and practices, valuation of assets, and evaluation of contracts. Let us proceed.

Case Studies

Swiss Cheese and an Oil Tank Incident

October 30, 2023

A refiner claimed that certain plant process technology upgrades provided by its technology licensor—who was also its engineering, procurement, and construction firm—did not meet the contracted performance guarantees. Baker & O’Brien was engaged to assess the modified process unit performance vis-à-vis the contracted basis, any incremental performance operating costs, and the rectification cost. We set out our analysis and opinions in an expert report and provided deposition testimony.

Power Plant Project – did incomplete control narratives result in out-of-control project schedule

July 28, 2023

A disagreement between an EPC contractor and its subcontractor led to a dispute about the causes and impacts of delays and cost escalation for constructing a combined cycle power plant. We reviewed the project documents, records, and correspondence and compared the significance of the delays in the control narrative deliverables to the overall project delays and schedule milestones. We produced a technical expert report, followed by a joint expert report, and provided oral testimony at the arbitration hearing.

E&P field development projects are not always commercially viable – what happens when partners disagree?

April 19, 2023

After the consortium members of an Exploration & Production (E&P) field development project determined the project was commercially unviable, one partner filed a claim challenging the decision. We evaluated cost studies, development plans, and the decision-making process to assess the adequacy of exploration and appraisal work necessary to inform a risk-based decision on commercial viability. In addition, Baker & O’Brien prepared an expert report detailing the essential phases of E&P development projects and provided opinions on this project's technical and commercial aspects.