Oil & Gas / Energy Litigation

We represent clients throughout the petroleum industry within Texas and across the country. We represent major oil and gas companies, independents and landowners in disputes and lawsuits, ranging from individual tract claims to nationwide class actions.

Building on firm history dating back nearly a century, McGinnis Lochridge lawyers have dealt with the developing issues in unconventional shale plays throughout Texas and North America. Our recent work in the Eagle Ford shale trend builds on decades of a strong firm presence in courtrooms throughout South Texas. We also work regularly with Texas governmental agencies including the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) and the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ), as well as local municipalities and water districts.

Our litigation experience includes disputes over mineral title ownership, operating agreements, surface use and damages, water use, pipeline right-of-way and condemnation, bad faith pooling, oil and gas lease covenants, lease forfeiture, royalty underpayment and pricing, salt water disposal, and environmental damages and cleanup.

The attorneys in our Oil & Gas Practice Group have the expertise needed to translate difficult technical evidence into plain language. We have a deep understanding of geology, hydrology, geophysics, log analysis, drilling and reservoir engineering, pipeline and gas plant operations, and rock mechanics.

  • Chris Halgren and Austin Brister Injection Well Article Featured in NODOA Newsletter March 20, 2017 - Chris Halgren - Austin Brister

  • Bruce Kramer Presenting at Texas A&M 2017 Energy Law Symposium March 8, 2017 - Bruce Kramer

  • 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 - Austin Brister

  • Speaker, COPAS Accounting Procedure, and Legal and Practical Considerations, Oil & Gas Joint Operations And The New APPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Operating Agreement, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, Texas November 4, 2016 - Jonathan Baughman

  • Panelist, View from the Bench, 15th Annual Energy Litigation Conference, Institute for Energy Law, Houston, Texas November 3, 2016 - Jonathan Baughman

  • Presenter, Regulatory Update, State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas September 30, 2016 - Tim George

  • 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 - Austin Brister

  • Co-Author, The Law of Oil and Gas, University Casebook Series, Foundation Press, 10th Edition June 10, 2016 - Bruce Kramer

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

  • Panel Member, Ethical Solutions for Moving Past Impasse, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and CLE Seminar, Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston, Texas September 16, 2016 - Paul D. Clote

  • Presenter, Ethical Issues in Mediation, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and CLE Seminar, Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston, Texas September 16, 2016 - Paul D. Clote

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