Principal Area of Practice
Tanner’s practice focuses on energy construction and services matters, including representation of matters in the wind, solar, pipeline, carbon capture, battery storage, refinery, tunnel, LNG, nuclear, and oilfield services sectors. He also advises the boards and executive teams of private companies on a variety of corporate governance and commercial matters.
Tanner received his J.D. with Honors from The University of Chicago Law School. At the Law School, Tanner completed the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program, a unique course of study combining business and law courses with co-curricular experiential opportunities in business, business law, and entrepreneurship. He spent both law school summers at the Houston offices of Vinson & Elkins LLP in the firm’s corporate practice groups.
Tanner received a B.S. in Strategic Management from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. While an undergraduate student, he was a partner at Campus Founders Fund (a student-run venture fund affiliated with Kickstart Seed Fund) and worked for Sunroc Construction as a fuel and lube technician performing field maintenance on heavy earthmoving equipment.
Prior to his undergraduate study, Tanner worked for FMC Technologies (now TechnipFMC) as a wireline operator and for Halliburton as a hydraulic fracturing service operator in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin. Tanner has over 6,700 hours of oilfield experience including wiring and rebuilding perforation tools, supervising wellhead valve control teams, directing rig-up and rig-down operations, managing chemical inventories, operating cranes, blenders, gellers, sand-moving equipment, and high-pressure hydraulic “horsepower” pumps, and driving a wide variety of Class A and Class B commercial vehicles transporting hazardous materials and oilfield equipment.
Control, Fault, and Knock-for-Knock: A Guide to Selecting Indemnities in Energy Construction and Services Agreements (Energy Law Journal, 2023).