Mr. Armbrecht has practiced law in Mobile for over 30 years. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for over 15 years. During his career, he has litigated a number of significant issues of first impression such as the ownership of coalbed methane in Alabama and the location of the Alabama/federal boundary in the Gulf of Mexico; and he has defended a number of nationwide and statewide class action lawsuits in both state and federal courts in Alabama. He has practiced extensively before the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama, has handled a number of environmental lawsuits and regulatory matters, and has authored several of Alabama 's oil and gas statutes and regulations. He is also a frequent speaker at state and national seminars. He is a member of: Mobile Bar Association (Secretary, 1973); American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation and, Environment, Energy and Resources); Alabama State Bar (Member and former Chairman of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section); Phi Delta Phi, legal fraternity; The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission Legal Committee since 1979; The Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association, Alabama/Mississippi Division; The Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama. He is listed in Who's Who Legal, Oil and Gas Practitioners Section; and Best Lawyers in America (for over 20 years).
Exxon Mobil Corp v State of Alabama Department of Revenue, http://188.8.131.52/aljrules/03-281.pdf — This case of first impression involved the question of what costs could be deducted in determining the value of oil and gas at the well for severance tax purposes. The administrative law judge ruled in favor of our client in denying an assesment for additional taxes and ultimately ordered a refund of taxes to our client exceeding forty million dollars. The case was later settled on appeal.
Dauphin Island Property Owners Ass''n v. Callon institutional Royalty Investors I, 519 So.2d 948 (Ala. 1988) — This case of first impression involved the question of whether a perpetual nonparticipating royalty interest could be created in Alabama. The court ruled in favor of our client and held that such an interest could be created and that it did not violate the rule against perpetuities.
Eubanks v. Getty Oil Co., 896 F.2d 960 (5th Cir. 1990) — This was a federal antitrust case relating to a processing facility located in a unitized field and serving that field and other fields in the area. The Court dismissed the complaint against our client, the operator of the processing facility.
State of Ala. V. U.S. Dept. of Interior, 84 F.3d 410 (11th Cir. 1996) — This case was a case of first impression and involved the interpretation of provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf Act relating to development of federal lands adjacent to state lands in the Gulf of Mexico. The Court held that the federal government could authorize the operator of a well in federal waters (our client) to commence production without having first reached an agreement with the State of Alabama for "cooperative development" of state and federal lands in the area.
State Oil and Gas Bd. of Alabama v. Anderson, 510 So.2d 250 (Ala.Civ.App. 1987) — This case involved the appeal of a unitization order of the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama unitizing the largest gas and gas condensate field in Alabama. We represented the Operator of the Unit (both before the Oil and Gas Board and on appeal), and the Court upheld the unitization of the field. The monetary value of additional recoveries and saved expenses resulting from unitization of the Field were estimated to be approximately one billion dollars.
NCNB Texas Nat. Bank, N.A. v. West, 631 So.2d 212 (Ala. 1993) — This was a case of first impression in Alabama and involved a dispute between the coal owner and the gas owner over who owned coalbed methane gas. The Court ruled that the coal owner and its lessee (our clients) owned all coabed methane that was captured while still in the coal seam.