Jeff Grable is a partner in Jackson Walker’s litigation section, with a broad-based practice focused on the oil and gas industry and natural resources. With more than 25 years of experience practicing in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Jeff represents energy companies as well as land and mineral owners in disputes, transactions, and regulatory matters.
Oil & Gas Litigation Experience
Jeff’s strong litigation background includes serving as lead counsel or co-counsel in a multitude of energy and commercial litigation cases. Jeff has extensive experience in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations. Throughout his career, Jeff has obtained favorable verdicts, judgments, settlements, recoveries, and outcomes for clients through trial and appeal. Jeff represents operators and interest owners in a wide range of disputes within the upstream and midstream sectors of the industry. His expertise spans from intricate mineral ownership and title disputes to litigation concerning lease obligations and operations.
Oil & Gas Transactional Experience
With a strong background in transactional law, Jeff has played a pivotal role in numerous oil and gas-related transactions and contracts. As a lead attorney, he has ensured successful outcomes for clients, demonstrating his expertise in negotiating, preparing, and reviewing various industry agreements. These agreements include master work service agreements, drilling contracts, joint operating agreements, permits, data license agreements, gathering agreements, and more. Jeff also possesses extensive experience in handling land and leasing transactions, acquisition and divestiture of mineral interests, pipeline right-of-way and easement agreements, saltwater disposal arrangements, wind-generation leasing, and general advisory services related to oil and gas matters.
Jeff also has considerable regulatory expertise and has represented land and mineral owners in proceedings before regulatory bodies such as the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Bureau of Land Management. He has successfully counseled clients on regulatory issues pertaining to oil and gas operations and pipeline operations, ensuring compliance with relevant rules and regulations.
Jeff’s significant experience spans the upstream, midstream, and oil service segments of the industry. He has worked extensively in major U.S. onshore basins and geologic formations, including the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, Spraberry, Yeso intervals, and the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Marcellus shales.
Through his comprehensive understanding of the oil and gas industry and his experience in transactions, litigation, and regulatory matters, Jeff Grable has established a track record of delivering positive outcomes for his clients.
B.A., Vanderbilt University
J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law
- Texas Tech Law Review, Executive Board of Editors, Student Writing Editor
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
- William D. Pollard and WKP Properties, L.P., v. Burnett Oil Co., Inc., et al., Cause No. 096-312884-19; 96th District Court of Tarrant County, Texas (2021)(represented defendant E&P company in successful defense of complex claims brought by former executive arising from agreements granting participation rights in producing properties and undeveloped leasehold and prospects – case resolved at mediation resulting in confidential settlement);
- Jim J. Grundy and Tex–Sand Transport, LLC, v. James Hartman, Jr., et al., Cause No. C2019076; 355th District Court of Hood County, Texas (2020)(represented defendant majority owner of intra-state frac-sand hauler in ownership dispute with minority interest owner – case resolved by award of “death penalty” sanctions against plaintiff resulting in judgment in client’s favor);
- Rustic Natural Resources, LLC et al., v. JM Cox Resources, L.P. et al., Cause No. CV-54515; 142nd District Court of Midland County, Texas (2019)(represented defendant JM Cox Resources in successful defense of title dispute over depth-severed leasehold arising from series of farmouts – case resolved through voluntary dismissal by plaintiffs of client);
- BEPCO, L.P. v. RMTDC Operations, LLC D/B/A Total Energy Services, Cause No. CV50404; 385th District Court of Midland County, Texas (2018)(represented client BEPCO, L.P., an independent producer and operator, in jury trial involving breach of contract by retained well site supervisor (“company man”) due to failure to supervise drilling operations resulting in collapse of casing and loss of well)(case appealed to the Court of Appeals for the 11th District (Eastland));
- Maggie Banner Kerr BOPCO, L.P., Cause No. 243-CV; County Court of Terrell County, Texas (2016)(represented BOPCO, L.P., as appellee in appeal over lease royalty underpayment claims relating to volumes of CO2 produced at wellhead of Brown-Bassett Field wells– judgment for client and case dismissed by Plaintiff/Appellant on appeal);
- William Cy Banner BOPCO, L.P., Cause No. 242-CV; County Court of Terrell County, Texas (2016)(represented BOPCO, L.P., as appellee in appeal over lease royalty underpayment claims relating to volumes of CO2 produced at wellhead – judgment for client and case dismissed by Plaintiff/Appellant on appeal);
- Friend BOPCO, L.P., Cause No. 96-2052; Justice Court, Precinct No. 4, Terrell County, Texas (2016)(represented BOPCO, L.P., in non-jury trial over lease royalty underpayment claims relating to volumes of CO2 produced at wellhead – take nothing judgment in favor of client);
- Holt v. BOPCO, L.P., Cause No. 96-2054; Justice Court, Precinct No. 4, Terrell County, Texas (2016)(represented BOPCO, L.P., in non-jury trial over lease royalty underpayment claims relating to volumes of CO2 produced at wellhead – take nothing judgment in favor of client);
- McMullan v. BOPCO, L.P., Cause No. 96-2055; Justice Court, Precinct No. 4, Terrell County, Texas (2016)(represented BOPCO, L.P., in non-jury trial over lease royalty underpayment claims relating to volumes of CO2 produced at wellhead – take nothing judgment in favor of client);
- Wilson Hardin Banner v. BOPCO, L.P., Cause No. 96-2058; Justice Court, Precinct No. 4, Terrell County, Texas (2016)(represented BOPCO, L.P., in non-jury trial over lease royalty underpayment claims relating to volumes of CO2 produced at wellhead – take nothing judgment in favor of client);
- DB Barnett, L.P., v. Gillock, Cause No. 10-16-00385-CV; (Tex. App. – Waco 2017)(represented Burnett Oil Co. in multi-party trespass to try title action over ownership of minerals and royalties on production from Barnett Shale wells tried to verdict in Johnson County, Texas – verdict in favor of client and codefendants; case settled while on appeal to 10thDistrict Court of Appeals, Waco, Texas);
- Clayton Williams Energy et , v. BMT O & G TX et al., 473 S.W.3d 341 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015)(represented prevailing party (Bass family mineral groups) in two separate non-jury trials over liability and damages resulting in multi-million dollar judgment for clients against Clayton Williams Energy and its farmor Chesapeake Exploration for mineral trespass and breach of lease; reversed by El Paso Court of Appeals and after request for full briefing, Petition for Review denied by Supreme Court of Texas);
- Golden v. Energy & Exploration Partners, LLC, 2013 WL 173748 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2013, no pet.)(represented appellee – judgment affirmed);
- Helmerich & Payne Intern. Drilling Co. v. BOPCO, L.P., 357 S.W.3d 801 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2011, no pet.)(represented appellee in daywork drilling contract dispute – judgment affirmed);
- Noel C. Wagner v. Michael Schmidt, Cause No. 096-236449-09; 96th District Court of Tarrant County, Texas (2009)(Successful representation of local ultra-high net worth individual in declaratory judgment action to clear title to $2,162,035.00 cash purse won by client in renowned sport fishing contest held in Los Cabos, State of Baja California, Republic of Mexico against claims brought by California resident);
- Encore Operating, L.P. v. Mannon Oil 2005 A-1, LP, Mannon Oil 2005 A-2, LP, and Dylan Peyton, LLC, Cause No. 153- 228118-08, 153rd Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas (2010) (Represented Encore Operating and its successor by merger, Denbury Operating in successful collection of substantial unpaid joint interest billings from defaulting non-operating working interest owners in Barnett Shale wells);
- Devon Energy Production Co., P., v. The Shareholders of Luttrell Investments Inc., and their Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns, Cause No. C20080050 413th Judicial District Court of Johnson County, Texas (2008) (Represented royalty owners in mineral ownership dispute resulting in favorable judgment after non-jury trial)Casey Sid Richardson Carbon and Gas et al. Texas Multi-District Litigation Court in Harris County (2008)(successful representation of carbon black and gas gathering and processing clients in large consolidated multi-party asbestosis and silicosis claims resulting in dismissal of all claims against clients after filing of motion for summary judgment for failure to adduce evidence of qualifying expert evidence of disease and lack of evidence that clients’ premises or products actually exposed plaintiffs to friable toxic materials);
- Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Co. v. South Plains Switching, Ltd. Co. 174 S.W.3d 348, (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2005, no pet.)(represented appellant – judgment affirmed in part and reversed in part);ABN Amro Mortg. Group, Inc. v. CBSK Financial Group, Inc., 2004 WL 2452022 (N.D. Tex. – Fort Worth Div. 2004)(represented defendant – Plaintiff’s civil RICO and conspiracy claims dismissed on R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion);
- Texas New Mexico Power Company (TNP Enterprises, Inc.), Claimant v. General Grinding Corporation, Respondent, (Arbitration 2004)(represented utility in various contractual claims and defense of counter claims relating to agreement to develop and market micro-grinding clean coal technology and ownership of intellectual property rights to same resulting in award in favor of client);
- Jones v. American Airlines, Inc., 131 S.W.3d 261 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2003, no pet.)(represented American Airlines as appellee – judgment affirmed);
- Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Co. v. Am. Train Dispatchers’ Ass’n., No. 05-CV-152, 2005 WL 1132983 (N.D. Tex. – Fort Worth Div. 2005)(represented Class I railroad plaintiff in successful summary judgment motion under Railway Labor Act enforcing mandatory arbitration provision of collective bargaining agreement for “minor disputes” and adjudicating union defendant’s strike as violation of Act);
- Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Ry. Co. v. Am. Train Dispatchers’ Ass’n., 2010 WL 2697153 (N.D. Tex. – Fort Worth Div. 2010)(as local counsel);
- Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Co. v. Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way, 523 F.Supp.2d 498 (N.D. Tex. – Fort Worth Div. 2007)(as local counsel);
- Hillis of Snowmass, v. Curran et al., Cause No. 4:99CV 37 (E.D. Tex. – Sherman Div. 2000)(Represented Kansas attorney as client in defense of defamation claims brought against client over contemplated, but unformed partnership to own and market renowned performance stallion for stud; obtained complete summary judgment in favor of client disposing of claims);
- Hoffman v. Meckling, 139 F.3d 899, 1998 WL 127864 (5thCir. Mar. 11 1998)(represented appellee on appeal – judgment affirmed);
- Presco Polymers, L.P. v. Glenda Olson and C.H. Hanson Company, Inc., Cause No. 95-13197-I; 162ndDistrict Court of Dallas County, Texas (1998)(represented clients in multi-week jury trial in defense of trade secret and fraud claims – defense verdict and take nothing judgment in favor of clients which Plaintiffs chose not to appeal);
- Richard Renteria Cincinnati Milacron, Inc., United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division (1996)(Successful representation of client sales agent in breach of commission agreement litigation against large corporation concerning commercial sales of extruded plastics to industry customers resulting in significant settlement in client’s favor).
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.), 2023-2024
- Energy Law, 2023-2024
- Oil and Gas Law, 2024
- “Top Attorney” in Oil & Gas Law, 360 West Magazine, 2017-2023
- “Top Attorney” in Oil & Gas Law, Fort Worth Magazine, 2009-2016, 2018-2020, 2022
- Rated AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2007-2023
- Texas Rising Star – Energy & Natural Resources and Business Litigation, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2009-2011
- “Texas Steps in Harms Way: Reversible Error Established When Suit is Transferred From Plaintiff’s Original County of Proper Venue to Another County of Proper Venue: Wilson v. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” 37 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 1147 (June 22, 1994), 26 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 139 (1995)
- Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
- Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, 2023
- State Bar of Texas
- Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
- Litigation Section
- Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
- Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA), Member
- Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Fort Worth
- Senior Warden of Vestry, 2015-2016
- Vestry Member, 2014-2017
August 17, 2023Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 287 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2024 Edition, Including 12 “Lawyers of the Year” and 80 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 287 Jackson Walker attorneys across 5 offices and 82 specialty practice areas in its 2024 edition, including 12 Lawyers of the Year and 80 Ones to Watch. In this year’s guide, Jackson Walker saw the largest number of attorneys in the areas of Commercial Litigation (66 attorneys) and Real Estate Law (60 attorneys) and the addition of 35 attorneys as Best Lawyers.
June 14, 2023Attorney News
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Jeffrey Grable as a partner in the Fort Worth office. Joining the Trial & Appellate Litigation section, Jeff brings more than 25 years of experience representing energy companies and land and mineral owners in complex litigation, appellate cases, transactions, and regulatory matters.