Patrick M. Knapp Partner

Pat Knapp has nearly a decade of experience serving in in-house and private practice roles as corporate transactional counsel to domestic and international upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas companies. He has represented producers, marketers, logistics providers and refiners in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Pat’s experience includes structuring complex commercial, corporate and financing transactions for upstream, midstream and downstream energy companies. He also has served as outside general counsel to clients, partnering with them to resolve day-to-day operational and legal matters. His clients rely on him to advise on every aspect of their businesses, including for M&A, entity structuring and corporate governance, the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial contracts, land instruments, environmental issues, and disputes that may arise between partners or business counterparties.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Pat was the managing counsel for Bridger Logistics, the midstream division of Ferrellgas Partners, LP (NYSE: FGP), where he led and managed a series of high-profile M&A transactions and litigation, including more than 30 asset and equity carve-out divestitures. He also was involved in business and legal oversight relating to the company’s South Texas saltwater disposal business unit.

Prior to Bridger, Pat worked at a Houston-based oil & gas law firm, where he principally focused on upstream and midstream M&A and transactional matters. He has led his clients through a broad range of international transactions, including Canadian and Mexican crude-by-rail transactions, refined products, crude oil and natural gas marketing, and a variety of pipeline matters.


Negotiated and drafted numerous midstream contracts for complex, capital-intense assets and facilities, including for pipelines, gathering systems, terminals, rail, and trucking.

Independently managed, negotiated and drafted the successful divestiture and wind-down of midstream division for propane MLP in more than 30 separate carve-out M&A transactions over 7 months.

Negotiated and drafted numerous Farmout Agreements, Area of Mutual Interest Agreements, JOAs, and Participation Agreements for upstream and saltwater disposal clients.

Managed the reorganization and divestiture of distressed MLP affiliate involving guarantee and indemnity of major midstream take-or-pay contracts.

Managed, negotiated, and drafted successful carve-out sale of MLP’s Rockies crude oil marketing business.

Independently managed, negotiated and drafted the successful sale of MLP’s tank railcar fleet.

Negotiated and drafted multiple working capital facilities for midstream companies.

Negotiated and drafted multiple secured asset-based and RBL financing arrangements for midstream and upstream clients.

Independently managed, negotiated and drafted the successful acquisition and sale of multiple terminal and pipeline assets for private equity and MLP clients.

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, JD, 2010
  • University of Notre Dame, BBA, Economics, Marketing, 2007

Member, Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law Section

Member, State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section

Member, Notre Dame Club of Dallas

Trustee, Sister Mary Mullally Loyola Foundation

  • Moderator, "Getting the Deal Done: A Discussion of Key Negotiation Points in Oil and Gas M&A," 71st Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, February 20-21, 2020
  • Speaker, "Service Agreements in the Downturn," Energy Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, April 2016
  • Speaker, "Crude By Rail from a Driller's Perspective," Review of Oil & Gas Law XXX, Dallas Bar Association, August 2015
  • Texas

Named “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” Energy & Natural Resources Law, D Magazine, 2016

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