Reagan Marble and Joe Regan to Present on Deed Construction Cases and Infrastructure Projects at Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

April 11, 2023 | Speaking Engagements

At the 49th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, Jackson Walker partners Reagan M. Marble and Joseph P. Regan will present on issues such as the takings of oil and gas infrastructure by government entities, maximizing compensation, and on equitable defenses in deed construction cases.

Presented by the University of Texas School of Law and the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute will include a two-part case law update and presentations on subsurface property rights, oil and gas royalties, and inherent surface conflicts between oil and gas and renewable energy operations and development. Jackson Walker proudly serves as a sponsor of the conference, with attorneys Brandon E. Durrett and Michael P. Pearson serving on the planning committee.

“To Equity or Not? The Role of Equitable Defenses in Deed Construction Cases”

During this presentation, Reagan Marble will focus on the use of equitable defenses in deed construction cases (e.g., estoppel by deed, waiver, ratification, judicial estoppel, etc.) and, further, the application of Sun Oil to those defenses. The presentation will also address the potential limitations and pitfalls of using equitable defenses and provide practical strategies for maximizing their effectiveness.

Reagan MarbleIn his practice, Reagan represents large land and mineral owners, high net worth families, and investors in complex conventional and renewable energy litigation and transactions throughout Texas and New Mexico. His extensive experience in the field ranges from achieving summary dismissal of multimillion-dollar title disputes in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin to favorably resolving renewable energy contract disputes along the Gulf Coast. Reagan serves on the boards of the Young Professionals in Energy – San Antonio and the Landman and Lawyers Clays Shoot. He is also a past-board member of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) and remains active in his family’s multigenerational cattle business.

“Takings of Oil and Gas Infrastructure: Highest and Best Use, Remainder Damages, Costs to Cure, and Related Issues”

This program, presented by Joe Regan and Justin A. Hodge (Hodge, Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP), will discuss how population growth has caused a surge of demand and infrastructure projects. They also discuss the increased takings by government entities, and the many valuation issues that must be considered when maximizing compensation.

Joseph "Joe" ReganJoe focuses his practice on energy litigation and eminent domain law. He has handled a variety of litigation and transactional matters for midstream energy clients and other condemning authorities, regularly serving as counsel in matters related to real property rights acquisitions, easement negotiations, and condemnation proceedings and trials. He has authored and lectured on eminent domain and topics spanning from general litigation matters to issues impacting the energy and financial services industries.