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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Corporate Law Native American Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Mining Law Water Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law CleanTech Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Real Estate Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Government Relations Practice Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Project Finance Law Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Commercial Litigation International Trade and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Antitrust Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Railroad Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Real Estate Law Energy Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
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Donald P. Eriksen was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Donald P. Eriksen

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