About Brad Keithley

Glacier Faceshot 7.12.2013

A former business executive, lawyer and consultant with over 35 years experience working on oil, gas and fiscal issues, Brad Keithley is the Managing Director of Alaskans for Sustainable Budgets, a non-partisan project focused on helping develop and advocate for responsible state and federal fiscal policies. The project is patterned along the lines of federal level efforts The Concord Coalition and Committee for a Responsible Budget.

Now on his third career, Keithley also currently publishes three daily online newsletters of interest to Alaskans: The Alaska Oil & Gas Daily, Alaska Politics & Blogs Daily, and The Alaska Fiscal Daily, as well as a blog, Thoughts on Alaska Oil & Gas, which serves as a one-stop shop of news and commentary on Alaska oil, gas and fiscal policy.

Keithley additionally appears weekly (on Tuesday’s) as a commentator on Alaska oil, gas & fiscal issues on Alaska talk radio’s The Michael Dukes Show, as well as writes a weekly column — Brad Keithley’s Chart of the Week — for the Alaska Landmine, an Alaska version of national politics website, PoliticoIn the past Keithley also wrote a column on oil, gas and fiscal issues for Alaska Business Monthly.

In addition to those roles, Brad served from 2010 to 2016 as Co-Chair of Law Seminar International’s Annual Conference on Energy in Alaska, from 2012 to 2017 as a Board member of the Institute of the North and 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.  While 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 brad@bgkeithley.com.

Professional Recognition

  • 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

Professional Leadership

  • 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

Community Involvement

One response to “About Brad Keithley

  1. Merry Christmas!!
    I was looking for your address to send you a Christmas card. Can you believe that our Arkla adventures were 25 years ago? Elaine and I now have 5 grandchildren. I sold my last venture in 2011 and retired. We have been spending the kids inheritance ever since.

    All my best.
    Tim Atkinson

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