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.