B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1982

J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1985


Don Shandy is a director in the Crowe & Dunlevy Oklahoma City office. Throughout his career, Don’s legal practice has been focused on the environmental and energy areas.

Don has worked on projects in 41 states and five foreign countries. He has interacted closely with numerous state and federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice. In 2001, Don was nominated by the Western Governors’ Association to become assistant administrator for air and radiation at the EPA but ultimately decided to remain in private practice. He has interfaced with various White House administrations and agencies regarding global climate change.

Previously in his career, Don served as the deputy general counsel for Tronox, Inc., a multi-national chemical company with operations throughout the world. In this role, he had oversight responsibility for litigation, environmental matters and corporate issues.

Involved in a number of public utility commission cases, Don served as a lead counsel on behalf of the Natural Gas Intervenors in the Colorado Public Utility Commission “Clean Air/Clean Jobs” docket resulting in a major restructuring of Colorado’s electric generation fleet. He also represents clients in rate cases before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

As both in-house and outside counsel, Don had responsibility for a wide range of legal matters at international manufacturing facilities where he engaged regulators and other foreign officials to resolve issues. He has experience with European Union regulatory matters and has negotiated trade barrier issues between various countries. Don has worked with supply chain logistics operations encompassing more than 60 countries and has experience with laws, regulations and International Conventions impacting movement of global commerce.

Don has represented a number of industry sectors including exploration and production, midstream transmission, refining, pulp and paper, aerospace and cement manufacturing.

He has been involved in numerous environmental litigation matters throughout the United States. Such includes negotiated settlements totaling approximately $70 million on behalf of the City of Blackwell, Oklahoma and Kay County, Oklahoma related to contamination encompassing soil, groundwater and visible smelter issues.

Don earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma. He is licensed by the Oklahoma and Texas Bar Associations and is an American College of Environmental Lawyers Fellow. He frequently writes and lectures throughout the United States on a variety of energy and environmental issues.

Additional Information


  • Oil & Gas Environmental Law 6100
  • Ranked in Super Lawyers, Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources (2012 - Present)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in the field of Energy Regulatory Law (2015 - Present)
  • Named Best Lawyers 2020 Lawyer of the Year (OKC) in Energy Regulatory Law
  • Ranked in Chambers Band 1 in Environment (2020 - present)
  • Named one of the top 500 Environmental and Energy Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon.
  • Ranked in Chambers Band 2 in Environment (2011 - 2019)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American College of Environmental Lawyers Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Norman Public Schools, Board of Education, Past President and Member
  • Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Executive Board Member and Past Chairman of the Executive Board

R. Pearce, I. London, D. Shandy and S. Dwyer, Anadarko Frederick Compressor Station: Source Determinations for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry, 49 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Found. J. 39 (2012).