Patrick W. Gray - Johnson Gray McNamara, LLC

Patrick W. Gray

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 337-412-6003

Selected to the 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyer list in the Environmental Litigation, Energy and Natural Resources Law, and Business Litigation practice areas (other years recognized: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)

2014 Baton Rouge Area Environmental Lawyer of the Year

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law, Litigation - Environmental, Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law

Practice Concentration & Experience Summary:
Mr. Gray has been practicing in the areas of commercial and oil and gas litigation since 1978.

His vast energy law and litigation experience includes defense of legacy lawsuits, environmental contamination matters, contract and property disputes, and drilling contract lawsuits.

Mr. Gray has handled matters involving Office of Conservation unitization orders, various royalty and lease disputes, oil and gas liens, and mineral royalty disputes. His background also includes oil and gas marketing disputes, oil and gas regulatory litigation and related administrative proceedings.

In complex commercial litigation matters, Mr. Gray has represented clients in their corporate and director and officer malpractice and environmental liability actions. He has also written about, and handled, joint operating agreement litigation. 

Other Professional Experience:
Founding Member Johnson Gray McNamara LLC, 2005-Present

Attorney and Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis, 1978-2005 

Year Admitted to Practice:

Tulane University (B.A., 1975)

Louisiana State University (J.D., 1978) 

Law School Honors: 
Order of the Coif

Louisiana Law Review, Member

Professional, Business & Civic Affiliations: 
Lafayette Parish and Louisiana State Bar Associations – Member

Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American International Law - Advisory Board 

Articles & Speeches: 
Gray, Patrick W. and Amy A. Lee, Current Issues on Joint Operating Agreements, 55th Mineral Law Institute, 2008

McNamara, Thomas M., Patrick W. Gray, and Amy E. Allums,Current Issues in the Scope of the Obligation to Restore Property After Oil & Gas Operations, 56 Center for American and International Law, Institute on Oil and Gas Law, pub. 640 (2005)

"The Public Records Doctrine and Disguised Donations Omnium Bonorum: Third Parties Prevail," 37 La. L. Rev.1183 

"Joint Operating Agreement Issues," 45th Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, 1998

Numerous in-house lectures on legacy litigation, joint operator disputes and oil and gas lien law

Bar Admissions: 

Client Comments

"Master strategist; persuasive and effective advocate."

Office Location

200 West Congress Street, Suite 900
P.O. Box 51165
Lafayette, LA 70505
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Lafayette Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Baton Rouge Metro Area
Patrick W. Gray has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Patrick W. Gray has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Litigation - Environmental
Natural Resources Law (Litigation)
Oil and Gas Law