Now on his third career as the head of Alaskans for Sustainable Budgets, Brad Keithley is a former business executive, lawyer and consultant with over 35 years experience working on oil, gas and fiscal issues. Sustainable Budgets is a non-partisan, grass roots effort to restore fiscal responsibility and stability to the Alaska state government patterned along the lines of federal level efforts The Concord Coalition and Committee for a Responsible Budget.
In addition to heading the Sustainable Budgets effort, Keithley also currently is the Publisher of Thoughts on Alaska Oil & Gas, which includes an online publication of the same name serving as a one-stop shop of news and commentary on Alaska oil, gas and fiscal policy, and The Alaska Oil & Gas Daily, a twice daily summary of news related to the same subject. Keithley also appears weekly as a guest commentator on Alaska oil, gas & fiscal issues on AM700 KBYR‘s The Michael Dukes Show. In the past Keithley also wrote a column on oil, gas and fiscal issues for Alaska Business Monthly.
In addition to those roles, Brad is a Board Member of the Institute of the North, regularly Co-Chairs Law Seminar International’s Annual Conference on Energy in Alaska, and served from 2013 – 2014 as a member of the Alaska House Sustainable Education Task Force.
From 2013 to 2016, Keithley served as President of Keithley Consulting, LLC, a firm providing advice on Alaska oil, gas and fiscal policy issues. Prior to founding Keithley Consulting, Brad was a Partner and Co-Head of the Oil & Gas Practice at Perkins Coie, LLP in the firm’s Anchorage and Washington, D.C. offices (2008 – 2013).
Before that he was a Partner with Jones Day, a global law firm, based in the firm’s Dallas office (1990-2008), Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Arkla, Inc., then the third-largest U.S. integrated natural gas company (and now a division of Centerpoint Energy), based in the company’s Little Rock, Arkansas and Shreveport, Louisiana offices (1984-1990), and a Partner (1981 – 1984) and Associate (1978 – 1981) with Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Collingsworth & Nelson, a prominent regional law firm, based in the firm’s Tulsa, Oklahoma office (1978-1984). Brad started his legal career as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel, Secretary of the Air Force, based in The Pentagon (1976-1978). He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force during that period.
Throughout his career, Brad has focused on oil, gas and fiscal issues, with concentration in the areas of oil & gas regulation, commercial transactions and fiscal policy. As a lawyer and consultant, his clients included major oil & gas companies, oil & gas pipelines, large and medium independents, as well as major consumers of natural gas. In recent years, Brad has focused primarily on matters related to Alaska oil & gas, international and U.S. LNG issues, matters related to oil & gas exploration, development and production on U.S. federal lands and waters and, over the past ten years, Alaska fiscal policy.
Brad is a past co-chair of the Institute of Energy Law’s Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference and was a founding co-chair of the Institute’s Annual Law of LNG Conference. He also was a Founding Co-Chair of Law Seminar International’s Conference on Oil & Gas Production and Mineral Mining in Alaska, a comprehensive focus on issues affecting investment in Alaska oil, gas and mining projects.
While in law practice Brad was recognized consistently by clients and peers as a leading expert on oil and gas matters in Alaska. Summaries in the annual Chambers and Partners rankings had this to say:
Clients praise [practice area veteran Bradford Keithley for] high levels of subject matter expertise and astute understanding of the related political issues. (2013)
Bradford Keithley is rated for his focus on oil and gas as well as regulated industry work. “He is a terrific lawyer,” sources say. (2012)
He has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law (1976), and a B.S., with honors, from the University of Tulsa (1973). Brad may be contacted at email@example.com.
- Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Commercial Litigation
- Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Business Lawyers”, 2004 – 2008, 2010
- Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Environment & Natural Resources Lawyers”, 2011 – 2013
- Center for American and International Law, Institute for Energy Law, Annual Conference on the Law of LNG, Co-Chair, 2004 – 2005
- Center for American and International Law, Institute for Energy Law, Oil & Gas Committee, Chair, 2003
- Center for American and International Law, Institute for Energy Law, Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, Co-Chair, 2001 – 2002
- Member, Board of Directors, Institute of the North, 2012 – present
- Member, Alaska House Sustainable Education Task Force, 2013 – 2014
- National Chair, University of Virginia School of Law Annual Giving Campaign, 2010 – 2012
- Member, Ad Hoc Committee on System Development, Regional University System of Oklahoma, 2005 – 2007