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Mark K. Adams was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark K. Adams

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Mining Law Energy Law Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Corporate Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Real Estate Law Oil and Gas 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 was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David F. Asmus

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

Danny G. Worrell

Baker Botts L.L.P.
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Environmental 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.