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; 2016 Lafayette 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