Stuart C. Hollimon - Andrews Kurth LLP

Stuart C. Hollimon

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 713-220-4033

Stuart is a former Chairman of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and recently was named 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Oil and Gas Law in Houston byBest Lawyer.  His practice is devoted exclusively to oil and gas litigation and transactions and focuses primarily on the upstream and midstream segments of the industry. Stuart routinely represents producers, processors and pipelines in a wide range of matters, including royalty litigation, lease termination cases, disputes arising under operating agreements, gas contract litigation, implied covenant litigation and disputes arising under gas purchase contracts and gas processing agreements. He has been lead counsel in major energy litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas and has extensive arbitration experience as well. In addition, Stuart regularly represents producer clients in acquisitions of producing properties.

Additional Information

Representative Experience

Some of Stuart's representative litigation and transactions include the following matters:

  • In 2014, represented Purchaser in $3.1 billion acquisition of South Texas Eagle Ford Shale properties
  • In 2014, represented Seller in $530 million divestment of East Texas (Deep Bossier) properties
  • In 2011, obtained $3.8 million jury verdict for plaintiff operator in suit to recover cost of plugging wells in the Gulf of Mexico
  • In 2010, successfully represented non-operator in joint interest audit claim relating to West Africa producing field and related damage claim against the operator for mismanagement of certain capital projects relating to the field
  • In 2010, obtained dismissal of Federal Court RICO action accusing operator of conspiracy to “steal” certain mineral interests purportedly owned by various third parties
  • In 2010, obtained favorable Judgment in a trespass-to-try-title action to pooled gas unit upholding validity of client's oil and gas lease
  • In 2010, obtained order denying class certification of royalty owner suit alleging failure to reasonably develop gas units

  • In 2009, obtained injunction enjoining landowner from denying surface access to operator client
  • In 2008, obtained favorable defense judgment for large independent operator in damage suit brought by non-operator for loss of oil and gas lease due to late payment of royalty

Part 2
  • In 2007, obtained "take nothing" defense decision for major producer in arbitration relating to client's alleged failure to reassign certain federal leases situated in the Deepwater Region of the Gulf of Mexico
  • In 2007, represented Sellers in divestment of $48 million of producing properties in the Overton Field in Texas
  • In 2006, defeated attempt to enjoin major oil company client from drilling Barnett Shale Prospect on Comanche Peak Ranch
  • In 2006, represented Houston-based producer in $140 million acquisition of producing properties situated in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi
  • In 2005, defended independent producer in South Texas litigation for royalty on pooled unit production
  • In 2005, obtained unanimous arbitration award for a Houston-based producer in a multimillion dollar voting-rights dispute under an operating agreement covering a producing field located offshore West Africa
Part 3
  • In 2005, represented producers in four separate acquisitions of producing properties having total value of $700 million
  • In 2004, defended a large independent producer in West Texas litigation alleging that the client was responsible for the royalty burdening the client’s non-consenting working interest in a producing well
  • In 2004, obtained favorable arbitration award for Houston-based producer in a $3.2 million dispute concerning whether a title defect created by the termination of a Term Assignment had been cured by the seller’s tender of a farmout agreement covering the acreage
  • Defended independent producer in South Texas litigation against claims of trespass, field-wide drainage, failure to reasonably develop the lease and failure to pay market value gas royalty
  • Obtained favorable decision in the landmark oil and gas case of Sun Exploration and Production Company v. Jackson establishing that there is no implied obligation to explore an oil and gas lease in Texas
Court Admissions
  • US District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
St. Olaf CollegeBA Southern Methodist University Dedman School of LawJ.D.
Houston Bar AssociationDallas Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Office Location

600 Travis Street, Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Oil and Gas Law of the Houston Metro Area
Stuart C. Hollimon has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Oil and Gas Law