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