Duncan Named National Law Journal Energy and Environment Trailblazer

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Partner and Energy Law Practice Co-Chair Tristan Duncan has been named to National Law Journal’s inaugural list of Energy and Environment Trailblazers.

The list honors 50 legal professionals who have “moved the needle in the Energy or Environmental fields that can include changes in the arena of defense, new strategies or types of court cases, technological innovation, strategy, billing or any other significant improvement.”

Duncan has dedicated her career to constitutional and energy law. She currently leads the firm’s national and international litigation involving the petroleum, natural gas and electric power industries. Duncan also advises international and national energy companies on climate change matters at the federal and state levels and is lead counsel in climate change litigation pending in federal and state courts.

“In pursuit of success, our Trailblazers, who come at these important issues from many different angles, face anything but simplicity as they tackle the challenges of an ever-evolving landscape,” said Tom Larranaga, publisher of The National Law Journal.

Duncan is known for identifying emerging legal trends and offering practical advice for clients to navigate regulatory and litigation challenges, including in 2006 when she led the nationwide “Hot Fuel” litigation.

After seeing a local newspaper report claiming that gasoline retailers were taking advantage of customers because gas at a higher temperature has a greater volume and customers were paying more for less gasoline, Duncan reached out to her clients and alerted them that a class-action might be coming.

After Duncan’s notice, 13 major wholesalers and retailers signed up, and the reduced joint defense costs allowed them to take the case from beginning to end, winning against large groups of plaintiffs. These cases became known as the “Hot Fuel” litigation.

In 2013, the Association of Corporate Counsel recognized Duncan as a "Value Champion" for her "innovative, collaborative and savings-driven approach" to defending retailers and wholesalers in the nationwide "Hot Fuel" litigation.

Long recognized for her skill and expertise, Duncan was named Client Service All-Star by BTI in 2012, a Legal Champion by Missouri Lawyers Media in 2013 and she was listed in The Legal 500 United States in 2014. She was also named an Influential Woman by KC Business Magazine in 2014.