DAVID ASMUS is an industry leader in the structuring and implementation of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas development projects, acquisitions and divestitures and financings and serves as co-leader of Sidley’s Energy practice. Dave’s experience ranges from shale and other unconventional resources, to deep water offshore developments, and from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to petrochemicals and refining. His work includes project development and finance (such as government investment agreements, joint venture and shareholder arrangements, unitizations, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, feedstock supply and product offtake arrangements, and project finance documentation), and acquisition and divestitures (including both negotiated and auction sales, exchanges and other non-cash transactions, and production payments and other off-balance sheet funding vehicles). He has handled some of the world’s most challenging and innovative projects in these fields.
Dave is widely recognized for his work. He has been ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003–2019) and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2000–2020) and is Chambers’ only star-rated individual in the oil and gas field in the United States. Dave was selected as “Energy Lawyer of the Year” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2015–2017) and was also named “International Lawyer of the Year” for Oil and Gas by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2005, 2008, 2012–2014). He was also named an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal and named “2014 Houston Lawyer of the Year — Natural Resources Law” by The Best Lawyers in America. Lawdragon named him one of America’s 500 Leading Lawyers (2005-2007, 2011, 2015). Dave has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2011, 2014–2017) and as “Texas Super Lawyer” (2004–2017) and “Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers” (2007) by Law & Politics. Chambers USA awarded Dave with “Award for Excellence” for Work in the Oil and Gas Sector (2006).
Dave has served as past president, secretary and member of the board of directors of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and also served as chair of the Institute of Energy Law and the Oil and Gas Committee of the International Bar Association.
Before entering the legal field, Dave started his career at an independent oil company as a geophysicist.
Admissions & Certifications
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1985
- Yale University, B.S., 1981 (magna cum laude, with distinction)