Our firm was founded over 35 years ago with a focus on oil and gas law and has evolved into one of the top energy firms in Texas specializing in the exploration and development of oil and gas and other energy related issues. We handle all matters related to regulatory, civil and appellate litigation, lease and contract negotiation and interpretation, land title, and the emerging Texas renewable energy market. Our attorneys represent operator and landowner clients at the courthouse, the Railroad Commission (“RRC”) and the General Land Office (“GLO”) and have set important legal precedents that govern oil and gas law in both regulatory and litigation matters. We also assist with due diligence, examine title and prepare title opinions.
OPERATOR AND LANDOWNER REPRESENTATION
We represent clients ranging from major Fortune 500 oil and gas operating companies to independent producers, private landowners and mineral estates in Texas. We provide counsel and representation to our clients in all energy arenas involving regulatory, lease disputes, and civil lawsuits.
Our firm handles contested and uncontested cases before the RRC in oil and gas, pipeline safety, environmental remediation, gas services, and surface mining matters. We offer advice and represent clients in connection with drilling permits, spacing and density exceptions, pooling and unitization, injection and disposal well applications and protests, enforcement actions, special field rules, environmental permitting, site remediation and cleanup, plugging responsibility, and new field discoveries. We represent clients in legislative matters and rulemaking proceedings affecting the oil and gas industry.
CIVIL LITIGATION AND APPEALS
Our litigation practice includes royalty and mineral ownership disputes, boundary disputes, lease operating and pooling agreements, surface use and damages, violation of oil and gas lease covenants, lease forfeiture, downhole casing failures and blowouts, improper saltwater disposal, and environmental cleanup and remediation. We also represent clients in administrative appeals of decisions issued by the RRC.
LEASE NEGOTIATION AND INTERPRETATION
Our firm assists clients in the review and preparation of oil and gas leases, joint operating agreements, surface use agreements, pooling and unitization agreements, and production sharing and allocation agreements. We also examine title instruments and prepare title opinions.
WIND AND SOLAR RENEWABLES
Our attorneys provide advice to our clients on the legal, title, and survey issues related to the development and operation of a renewable energy project. We also counsel our clients regarding regulatory rules, lease negotiation, and permitting issues involved in renewable energy projects as it relates to traditional oil and gas operations.
GENERAL LAND OFFICE REPRESENTATION AND LEASING
Our firm represents clients in oil and gas matters before the GLO involving leasing of state lands including highway-right-of-ways and riverbed pooling, Relinquishment Act leasing, pooling and production sharing applications, royalty audits and disputes, and lease maintenance and termination questions.