Our Practice Areas

Energy and Land Use Litigation

We have extensive experience in handling and successfully resolving disputes involving drilling operations, pipeline operations, eminent domain, surface access, surface trespass and damage, environmental issues and various other issues encompassing all aspects of the energy industry. We try cases in state and federal courts, before arbitral panels and before regulatory agencies. For a sample of representative matters,
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Commercial Litigation

We have extensive experience representing individuals and companies, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in various commercial disputes. We appear in state and federal courts, before arbitral panels and before governmental agencies and authorities to represent our clients' interests. For a sample of representative matters,
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Transactions

We have has extensive experience in the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas and other mineral assets, including pipelines and the due diligence associated therewith. We have represented both sellers and buyers with respect to the sale of both producing and non-producing (undeveloped acreage) oil and gas, coal and salt property sales and acquisitions in transactions ranging from under a million to well over a billion dollars in value. The assets involved in such transactions have been located in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, the Gulf of Mexico, South America, Africa and Australia, and the firm’s clients have ranged from large companies like Pennzoil, Amoco/BP, Marathon, and Forest Oil to smaller companies like Goodrich Petroleum, Moran Resources, Forcenergy, John H. Young, Inc. and others. Such representation has also involved the sale/purchase of many pipeline systems for the foregoing clients and others, including both intrastate and interstate lines, and the due diligence associated therewith. We also have extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of all types of oil and gas operations including drilling contracts, seismic agreements, producing stay agreements, gas contracts and transportation agreements and various other types of agreements utilized in the oil and gas industry.

Appellate Matters and Written Advocacy

We have extensive written advocacy experience at both the trial and appellate level. In addition to successfully handling appeals and mandamuses in Texas state and federal appeals courts in a wide variety of oil and gas related matters including condemnation issues, title disputes, force majeure, product liability claims, mineral rights, and constitutionality of Texas’s eminent domain system, we have also handled appellate matters involving trade secret claims, arbitrability disputes, title disputes, fraud in real estate transactions, Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, construction disputes, procedural issues, contract disputes, and legal malpractice claims. At the trial court level, we have extensive experience drafting and responding to summary judgment motions, motions to dismiss, jurisdictional pleas, and motions to exclude experts and evidence, while creating a record that will preserve issues for appeal.