Jackson Walker partner Julia Mann was quoted in an April 4, 2014, San Antonio Business Journal article.
The article discussed how oil and gas lease disputes in the Eagle Ford Shale have led to growth in area litigation law firms. As the leases come to an end, the number of disputes over the terms increases.
“We are starting to see a lot of landowners questioning whether the obligations in their lease agreements have been met,” Ms. Mann told the publication. “The leasees will generally argue that as long as the wells are producing enough to cover operational costs and deliver a small royalty, then they should continue.”
This increases the demand for litigation work, which means more business for capable firms. Ms. Mann also attributes growth to the improving economy. “The first quarter of 2014 has definitely gotten off to a very busy start. I think we will continue to see steady growth through the rest of the year.”
Ms. Mann represents a wide range of clients in civil litigation, arbitration and appeals. Her primary focus is on commercial litigation matters, including contractual disputes, professional liability claims, shareholder disputes, and business torts such as fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and creditors’ rights. Ms. Mann’s practice involves handling cases in federal and state trial courts, the Texas Court of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as alternative dispute resolution forums such as AAA and NASD arbitrations and mediations. Ms. Mann received her B.A. from the University of Texas and her J.D., magna cum laude, from St. Mary’s University School of Law.