Oil & Gas – Litigation

Clark Hill attorneys have many decades of experience resolving disputes for energy companies and investors in energy companies through mediation, arbitration, trial, negotiated settlement, and appeal. Our team handles disputes arising from all aspects of owning and operating upstream, midstream, and downstream assets – from the initial investment through delivery to consumers.

Our trial lawyers regularly represent clients in state and federal forums, helping them reach efficient resolutions in disputes such as:

  • The purchase or sale of energy companies or assets
  • Mineral rights
  • Breach or termination of contracts
  • Royalties/overriding royalties and other forms of production interests
  • Oil and gas leases
  • Water rights
  • Pipelines and refineries
  • Commercial insurance coverage
  • Ground and rail transportation claims
  • Offshore and maritime claims
  • Contractual indemnification and oil field indemnity claims
  • Personal injury claims
  • Product liability claims

EXPERIENCE

  • Represented a petrochemical company in litigation arising out of damage to a coker unit
  • Represented a pipeline company in the recovery of abandonment costs for a toppled offshore platform
  • Represented a chemical manufacturer in arbitration to recover reconstruction costs and business interruption losses arising from an ethylene plant fire
  • Represented a domestic oil and gas company in litigation involving oil and gas concessions in Chad
  • Represented an exploration and production company in litigation concerning drainage claims relating to a previously divested Gulf of Mexico lease
  • Represented an oilfield services company against claims of environmental contamination and breach of lease
  • Represented an exploration and production company in an arbitration regarding contractual adjustments to a $420 million purchase and sale agreement
  • Represented a private equity firm in arbitration and lawsuit regarding potential contractual indemnification obligations that arose after the sale of a gas compression company
  • Represented an exploration and production company in a lawsuit brought by working interest owners challenging expenses allocated to oil wells
  • Represented a gas producer in a federal appellate court in a gas purchase contract pricing dispute
  • Represented a gas gatherer in a gas processing contract termination dispute
  • Represented an exploration and production company in connection with a royalty and lease termination dispute
  • Represented operators and non-operators in connection with joint operating agreement disputes, including operator removal, accounting, foreclosure, and non-consent matters
  • Represented a midstream maritime transportation company in a products liability lawsuit regarding compressors
  • Represented parties in cases involving trespass to try title, suit to quiet title, and removal of cloud on title
  • Represented seismic and exploration companies in connection with claims for trespass and surface and sub-surface damages
  • Represented midstream maritime transportation company in a lawsuit alleging severe personal injuries
  • Represented an offshore supply boat company for injuries sustained by a passenger
  • Represented a pipeline company in the appeal of a $536 million judgment in a dispute over an alleged partnership to market and pursue the development of an oil pipeline
  • Represented parties to a dispute involving competing interpretations of a retained-acreage clause
  • Represented parties to disputes over surface usage issues, community leasing, and royalty payments
  • Represented a seismic surveying contractor in a multi-plaintiff case where property damage was alleged to have been caused by their activities
  • Represented an oilfield service contractor in a products liability and warranty action brought by a competitor and secured a take-nothing judgment
  • Represented an exploration and production company in a suit by a broker of leases in the Utica Shale claiming millions of dollars in commissions
  • Represented a provider of industrial safety services to the energy and petrochemical industries in a series of cases involving multiple deaths and serious injuries following an explosion at a refinery
  • Represented an oilfield services company in connection with a dispute arising out of services provided to a major refinery
  • Represented an oilfield project management firm in an arbitration arising out of services provided in conjunction with a turnaround for another major refinery in the Western United States
  • Represented an exploration and production company in a boundary dispute and associated claims of trespass to try title, trespass to real property, conversion, unlawful drainage, and non-payment of oil and gas proceeds
  • Represented an exploration and production company in an insurance coverage dispute with its well-blowout insurer
  • Represented an exploration and production company in a regulatory suit against an offset pipeline operator for injecting polluting fluids
  • Represented a mineral landowner in dispute with other mineral owners over ownership issues and construction of mineral deeds

Experience

Representation of a public oil and energy exploration company in its strategic acquisition/merger of another public oil and energy exploration company.

Represented oil and gas exploration company regarding formation of oil and gas well drilling programs.
Represented mineral owners for oil and gas lease negotiations.
Represented financial institutions as lender to exploration companies.
Represented international power producer in litigation brought by state attorney general resulting in dismissal of claims