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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Mining Law Corporate Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Water Law Oil and Gas Law Native American Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Oil and Gas Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law CleanTech Law Energy Regulatory Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
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David F. Asmus

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law International Trade and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Water Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Midland, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Natural Resources Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Mining Law Energy Law Antitrust Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Real Estate Energy Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Corporate Law Energy Law Real Estate Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mining Law Real Estate Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Natural Resources Law Corporate Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Oil and Gas Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Midland, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Admiralty and Maritime Law Transportation Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation Energy Law Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Real Estate Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Environmental Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Banking and Finance Law Oil and Gas Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Oil and Gas Law Mediation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mediation Commercial Litigation Natural Resources Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Construction Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Real Estate Law Mining Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Project Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Beaumont, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Health Care Law Real Estate Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Government Relations Practice Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Native American Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Native American Law Environmental Law Mining Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Energy Law Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Oil and Gas Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Employment Law - Management Construction Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Admiralty and Maritime Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Railroad Law
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Canton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law

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Practice Area Definition

Oil and Gas Law Definition

Oil and gas law is the subset of natural resources law that includes the exploration for, and the production, transportation, and processing of, crude oil, natural gas, and associated hydrocarbons.

Oil and gas law has developed around the three “streams” of business — (i) upstream is the “E&P” business, the actual exploration for, and production of, oil and gas; (ii) midstream is the gathering, processing, storing, transporting, and marketing of produced oil and gas; and (iii) downstream is the refining of crude oil and the selling and ultimate distribution of natural gas and products derived from crude oil. Oil and gas is the body of law that organizes the discovery, development, allocation, ownership, management, and ultimately use of oil and natural gas as energy sources that fuel modern civilization. Oil and gas law means the constellation of statutory, regulatory, and judicial law that customarily applies to the three streams of the oil and gas business.

This body of law draws heavily from contract, property, and corporate law, but also has substantial overlap with environmental, tax, employment, administrative, and even tort law. The set of legal issues that confront, for example, a client wishing to organize a company to acquire and develop a particular offshore or onshore oil and gas prospect, is unique. Therefore, the diversity and specificity of these issues led to the emergence of specialized oil and gas lawyers.

Oil and gas lawyers also must be familiar with the business realities that affect their clients. They are experienced with the operational details and points of negotiation in the contracts and physical operations that are common and also unique to oil and gas. They must alert clients to potential traps for the unwary in the case law of their jurisdiction, navigate government regulations to accomplish their clients’ goals, and assemble transactions from the myriad property and operational issues that exist for each particular oil and gas prospect or producing property. For example, the mechanics and economics of the development of oil and gas versus hard minerals such as coal has led to dramatically different business structures and contracts to develop these fossil fuel resources.

Some oil and gas lawyers specialize in unwinding the often Gordian mineral ownership of oil and gas in place; others are skilled in litigating the unique disputes that arise in the context of development joint ventures; and still others can structure oil and gas projects from exploration to development and sale. Additionally, the oil and gas industry has a significant international dimension; in this context, oil and gas lawyers can provide invaluable orientation and counsel to foreign companies investing in oil and gas exploration projects in the United States or domestic companies seeking to expand their presence globally.
Oil and gas law is the subset of natural resources law that includes the exploration for, and the production, transportation, and processing of, crude oil, natural gas, and associated hydrocarbons.

Oil and gas law has developed around the three “streams” of business — (i) upstream is the “E&P” business, the actual exploration for, and production of, oil and gas; (ii) midstream is the gathering, processing, storing, transporting, and marketing of produced oil and gas; and (iii) downstream is the refining of crude oil and the selling and ultimate distribution of natural gas and products derived from crude oil. Oil and gas is the body of law that organizes the discovery, development, allocation, ownership, management, and ultimately use of oil and natural gas as energy sources that fuel modern civilization. Oil and gas law means the constellation of statutory, regulatory, and judicial law that customarily applies to the three streams of the oil and gas business.

This body of law draws heavily from contract, property, and corporate law, but also has substantial overlap with environmental, tax, employment, administrative, and even tort law. The set of legal issues that confront, for example, a client wishing to organize a company to acquire and develop a particular offshore or onshore oil and gas prospect, is unique. Therefore, the diversity and specificity of these issues led to the emergence of specialized oil and gas lawyers.

Oil and gas lawyers also must be familiar with the business realities that affect their clients. They are experienced with the operational details and points of negotiation in the contracts and physical operations that are common and also unique to oil and gas. They must alert clients to potential traps for the unwary in the case law of their jurisdiction, navigate government regulations to accomplish their clients’ goals, and assemble transactions from the myriad property and operational issues that exist for each particular oil and gas prospect or producing property. For example, the mechanics and economics of the development of oil and gas versus hard minerals such as coal has led to dramatically different business structures and contracts to develop these fossil fuel resources.

Some oil and gas lawyers specialize in unwinding the often Gordian mineral ownership of oil and gas in place; others are skilled in litigating the unique disputes that arise in the context of development joint ventures; and still others can structure oil and gas projects from exploration to development and sale. Additionally, the oil and gas industry has a significant international dimension; in this context, oil and gas lawyers can provide invaluable orientation and counsel to foreign companies investing in oil and gas exploration projects in the United States or domestic companies seeking to expand their presence globally.