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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Native American Law Mining Law Energy Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Energy Law CleanTech Law Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental
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David F. Asmus was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David F. Asmus

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