Austin assists clients in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of energy properties, from the first letter of intent through negotiations, closing and post-closing matters. He has assisted clients in a variety of deals including farmouts, purchase and sale transactions, joint exploration and development agreements, participation agreements, and more routine operational transactions such as joint operating agreements and master services agreements.

Additionally, Austin has prepared numerous title opinions in Colorado, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming, concerning a wide array of purposes, from limited acquisition opinions to complex division order title opinions. He is skilled at handling complex mineral severances, sophisticated leasehold divisions, and intricate subdivision properties.

Austin has been involved in the oil and gas industry since 2004, working initially in the field and later in the legal department of a fortune 500 heavy industrial construction company that specializes in constructing refineries, pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, and renewable energy facilities. He has experience in large-scale insurance dispute resolution, construction contract drafting and review, contract management, and construction dispute resolution.

Austin is the founder of OilandGasLawDigest.com, providing corporate oil and gas counsel with valuable case law alerts and substantive articles on oil and gas law in Texas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming. 

 

  • Speaker, Legal Issues and Drone Applications in Ranching, TSCRA Summer Meeting, The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser's Association, Galveston, Texas
    June 16, 2017

  • Co-Author, Texas Court Holds That Permit of Injection Well May Be Challenged Outside Railroad Commission and Travis County Via Injunctive Relief, National Association of Division Order Analyst (NADOA) Q1 Newsletter
    January/February/March 2017

  • Speaker, Royalty Calculations: Analyzing Royalty Clauses and an Update on Recent Case Law, Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts, Houston, TX
    November 17, 2016

  • Speaker, Production in Paying Qualities and Keeping the Lease, HAPL 7th Annual Shale Play Seminar, Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Houston, Texas
    September 28, 2016

  • Presenter, Primer and Update on Gas Royalty Calculation Litigation, NALTA Annual Meeting, National Association of Lease and Title Analyst, Atlanta, Georgia
    September 22, 2016

  • Presenter, Texas NPRI’s, NADOA 43rd Annual Institute, National Association of Division Order Analysts, Scottsdale, Arizona
    September 8-9, 2016

  • Jessica Palvino, Partner and UAS/Drones Practice Group Co-Chair and Austin Brister, Associate, discuss newly released FAA/DOT UAS/Drone Operational Rules.
    June 21, 2016

  • Speaker, Acquisitions During the Downturn: Suspense Issues, JIBs, Pay Decks, and Curative Materials, NADOA December Webinar, National Association of Division Order Analysts, Houston, Texas
    December 2015

  • Speaker, Energy Transactions in a Low Price Environment; Mitigating Uncertainty and Risk, 2015 Landscape Discussion on Energy Law & Policy in the Rockies, University of Wyoming College of Law, Laramie, Wyoming
    October 2015

  • Speaker, North Dakota Probate Issues from the Operator’s Perspective, 2015 ALTA/HADOA Joint Seminar, ALTA/HADOA, Houston, Texas
    November 2015

  • Speaker, Effective Use of Technology to Manage Big Data in the Practice of Law, November NAPO Meeting, National Association of Professional Organizers, Houston, Texas
    November 2015

  • Join McGinnis Lochridge Attorney Austin Brister at the 2015 Landscape Discussion on Energy Law & Policy in the Rockies Conference, as he speaks on “Energy Transitions in a Low Price Environment – Mitigating Uncertainty and Risk".
    October 2015

  • Speaker, Evolving Landmines in Structuring Deals and Conducting Due Diligence Amidst Prolonged Oil Slump, 2015 Shale Play Seminar, Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Houston, Texas
    October 2015

  • Speaker, Select Landmines in Acquisitions and Divestitures and Due Diligence During Prolonged Oil Slump, Fall Land Institute, Denver Association of Professional Landmen, Denver, Colorado
    October 2015

  • Partner Jonathan Baughman and Associate Austin Brister published in Law360 forecasting rise in royalty and lease termination litigation amidst prolonged oil slump.
    September 25, 2015

  • Author, Importance of Lease Language That References Regulatory Rules, Landman Magazine
    September/October 2015

  • Co-Author, "Lessor-Lessee Relations After Shale's Honeymoon Period," Law360
    September 25, 2015

  • Texas Supreme Court to hear case that may have implications on development of groundwater in Texas
    September 2015

  • Speaker, Restrictions on Assignability: Handling Pref Rights and Consent Provisions, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts National Meeting, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Amelia Island, Florida
    September 2015

  • Speaker, Navigating Preferential Rights to Purchase and Consent to Assignment Provisions, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts National Meeting, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Amelia Island, Florida
    September 2015

  • Speaker, Landmines in Handling Consent to Assignment Provisions and Preferential Rights to Purchase, In-House Presentation, Undisclosed Major International Oil and Gas Company, Houston, Texas
    July 2015

  • Speaker, Restrictions on Assignability, Dallas Fort Worth Division Order Analysts Luncheon, Dallas Fort Worth Division Order Analysts, Dallas, Texas
    July 2015

  • Speaker, Non-Participating Royalty Interests from the Perspective of Texas Operators, SADOA Summer Seminar, Sooners Association of Division Order Analysts, Tulsa, Oklahoma
    June 2015

  • Speaker, Select Landmines in A&D and Due Diligence Re: Distressed Assets, Mid-Year Seminar, Houston Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Houston, Texas
    June 2015

  • Speaker, Structuring and Negotiating Farmout Agreements, In-House Presentation, Undisclosed Major International Oil and Gas Company, Houston, Texas
    May 2015

  • Speaker, Non-Participating Royalty Interests: Multi-Jurisdictional Fundamentals; Advanced Pooling Issues in Texas, Summer Webinar, National Association of Division Order Analysts
    May 2015

  • Speaker, Dirty Tricks and Cheap Moves: Protecting Your Client During Oil and Gas Transactional Work, International Transactions, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas
    April 2015

  • Speaker, Landmines in Acquiring or Divesting Assets During the Oil Downturn, PALTA Seminar, Permian Basin Lease and Title Analysts, Midland Texas
    April 2015

  • Speaker, Restrictions on Assignability: Preferential Rights & Consent to Assign Provisions, PALTA Seminar, Permian Basin Lease and Title Analysts, Midland, Texas
    April 2015

  • Speaker, Select Landmines in Conducting Due Diligence for Distressed Assets, PBDOA Spring Seminar, Permian Basin Division Order Analysts, Midland, Texas
    March 2015

  • Speaker, Overview of Preferential Rights, Consents, Areas of Mutual Interest, and Maintenance of Uniform Interest Provisions, PBDOA Spring Seminar, Permian Basin Division Order Analysts, Midland, Texas
    March 2015

  • Speaker, Non-Executive Mineral Interests for the Texas Operator, In-House Presentation, Undisclosed Independent Exploration and Production Company, Houston, Texas
    February 2015

  • Speaker, Restrictions on Assignability: an Overview of the Ties that Commonly Bind Oil and Gas Properties, Spring Institute, Houston Association of Division Order Analysts, Houston, Texas
    February 2015

  • Speaker, Acquisitions and Divestitures in a Low-Price Environment, North Houston Association of Professional Landmen Luncheon, North Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Houston, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, Dirty Tricks and Cheap Moves in the Oil Patch, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, JOA Problem Areas: Interests, Expenditures and Liabilities, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, JOA Problem Areas: Common Article 16 Provisions, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, JOA Problem Areas: Gas Balancing Agreements and COPAS Accounting, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, JOA Problem Areas: Proposals, AFEs, Cost Overruns and Exculpatory Language, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, JOA Problem Areas: Non-Consent Operations and Penalties, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, Anatomy of the AAPL Form 610 Operating Agreement, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Speaker, History and Fundamentals of the AAPL Form 610 Operating Agreement, Joint Operating Agreement Crash Course, Half Moon Education, Dallas, Texas
    January 2015

  • Co-Author (with Austin Brister), Production in Paying Quantities: A Framework for Analyzing Lease Perpetuation Issues, Section Report of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Volume 40, Number 2 / Winter 2015
    January 2015

  • Speaker, Non-Participating Royalty Interests: Fundamentals, Title Issues & Horizontal Drilling, National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Annual ATLA Institute, Nashville, Tennessee
    September 2014

  • Speaker, Non-Participating Royalty Interest: Multi-state Fundamentals & Advanced Issues in Texas, National Association of Division order Analysts 41st Annual NADOA Institute, Chicago, IL
    September 2014

  • Speaker, Farmouts, JEAs, JDAs, and Participation Agreements: An Overview of the Many Agreements Used for Jointly Exploring and Developing Oil & Gas Properties, Dallas Ft. Worth Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Dallas TX
    September 2014

  • Author, Lease Perpetuation Issues and Analysis: Part One, Denver Lease and Title Analysts Newsletter
    September 2014

  • Speaker and Author, New Horizontal Modifications to the AAPL Joint Operating Agreement, Dallas Bar Association Mineral Law Section, Annual Review of Oil & Gas Law XXIX, Dallas, TX
    August 2014

  • Speaker, Lease Perpetuation Issues in North Dakota, In-House Presentation for Enduro Resource Partners, LLC, Fort Worth, TX
    August 2014

  • Speaker, Non-Executive Interest: A Look from the Operator's Shoes, Permian Basian Association Lease and Title Analysts, Midland, TX
    July 2014

  • Speaker, Non-Participating Royalty Interests: Fundamentals Community Leases Horizontal Drilling, Houston Association of Professional Landman, 45th Annual Technical Workshop, Houston
    May 2014

  • Speaker, Title and Pooling Issues Regarding Non-Participating Royal Interests, ConocoPhillips Spring Seminar, Houston, TX
    May 2014

  • Speaker, Wyoming Mineral Law and Leasing Issues, Mineral Law Section of the Wyoming State Bar
    May 2014

  • Speaker, Block-Chain Technologies: Potential Applications and Legal Ramifications, ISACA Young Professionals of the University of Houston, Houston, TX
    April 2014

  • Author, NPRIs: Fundamentals, Common Issues, Horizontal Drilling, ALTA Newsletter
    April 2014

  • Speaker, Non-Participating Royalty Interests: A Simple Idea with Complex Rules, Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Houston, TX
    February 2014

  • Co-author, Surface Use Agreements: Multijurisdictional Considerations in Negotiating and Drafting Agreements for Use of Surface Estate in Oil and Gas Exploration, Production and Development, Section Report of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Volume 38, Number 2
    Winter 2014

  • Author, Surface Use Issues, Agreements and Surface Use Acts, AAPL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
    June 2013

  • Co-author, Surface Use Agreements: Multijurisdictional Considerations in Drafting and Negotiations, AAPL Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
    June 2013

  • Co-Author, Ten Ways to Reduce Headaches Over Your Title Opinions, PBLA Newsletter
    June 2013

  • Speaker, Drafting and Negotiating Agreements for Use and Restoration of the Surface Estates in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, NHAPL Annual Voting Luncheon, Houston, TX
    May 2013

  • Author, Surface Use Issues, Agreements, and Surface Use Acts, AAPL Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
    2013

  • Author, Horizontal Drilling Under Graveyards and Churches, NHAPL Luncheon, Houston, TX
    2012

  • American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
  • Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL)
  • West Houston Association of Professional Landmen (WHAPL)
  • Young Professionals in Energy (YPE)