James M. Day
Kalbian Hagerty LLP
888 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
T: 202-223-5600
F: 202-223-6625


Professor Jim Day has practiced law in the oil and gas industry, domestic and international, for over 40 years. Jim has advised oil and gas companies in connection with leasing and licensing, refining, pipelines, price regulation, and environmental matters. He has also counseled mining companies on mineral extraction, safety, and environmental issues.

Jim’s international experience includes structuring energy investments, joint ventures, and production sharing agreements and the negotiation of oil and gas contracts in the Middles East, Far East, Europe and South America.

From 1970 to 1974, Jim was the first Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Department of the Interior, where he promulgated its appellate regulations and issued judgments on oil and gas cases and chaired the Oil Imports Appeals Board. In 1974 and 1975, Jim was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be the first Administrator of the predecessor to the Mine Safety and Health Administration in the Department of Labor.

Jim teaches Oil and Gas Law, The Regulation of Energy, and International Petroleum Transactions at the Washington College of Law, American University, and has written several books on oil and gas issues. He currently represents international and domestic petroleum companies and investors and clients in connection with federal oil and gas leases and U.S. energy regulation issues.

Attorney Profile

Practice & Industries

Areas of Focus

  • Federal Oil and Gas Leases
  • Oil and Gas Leases and Investments
  • International Oil and Gas Investments
  • US Energy Regulation


  • JD, American University Washington College of Law, 1959

  • BA, magna cum laude, Piedmont College, 1956


  • The Price of Silver: The Story of the Sunshine Mine Disaster, 2007

  • Oilmen & Other Scoundrels, 2005

  • The Black Giant: A History of the East Texas Oil Field, 2002

  • What Every American Should Know About The Middle East and Oil, 1998

  • Federal Oil & Gas Lease Appeals, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • American Samoa