Energy Litigation

The oil and gas industry is complex and dynamic, and so are the disputes that may arise. We have advocated for our clients in a variety of matters covering all types of oil and gas disputes, and we pride ourselves in providing efficient and cost-effective dispute resolution resources for our clients.

Depth of Knowledge

Our clients hire us because we understand the industry and their businesses. For more than 100 years, we have represented clients in oil and gas disputes of every facet. Our lawyers are routinely involved in high-stakes litigation for a variety of clients, including independent oil and gas operators, publicly traded companies, oilfield service companies, pipeline companies, royalty owners, and surface owners.

Strategic Results

As litigators, our most important role is to counsel our clients in risk management and conflict resolution. But when disputes are unavoidable, we work hand-in-hand with clients to develop litigation strategy and execute that strategy to achieve results. Our oil and gas litigators advocate strongly for our clients and have a long list of “wins” in our column. Importantly, we are also regularly called upon to represent clients in the trial and appeal of cases of first impression, including disputes between parties to offshore deepwater operating agreements, pipeline or refinery releases or explosions, ground and surface water contamination claims, litigation under federal and state securities laws, intellectual property matters, and finance and lender liability claims.

Expansive Reach

The oil and gas industry is global – not merely local. We represent clients in disputes in our home state of Texas, but also all over the United States, and abroad.

Heath Armstrong

Heath Armstrong

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2098

Amy L. Baird

Amy L. Baird

Partner, Houston
713.752.4525

John Beckworth

John Beckworth

Of Counsel, Austin
512.236.2034

Robert M. Biedrzycki

Robert M. Biedrzycki

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7756

Amanda N. Crouch

Amanda N. Crouch

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7784

Jeffrey R. Gilmore

Jeffrey R. Gilmore

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7285

Breck Harrison

Breck Harrison

Partner, Austin
512.236.2315

Albon O. Head, Jr.

Albon O. Head, Jr.

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7230

Heather M. Heartfield

Heather M. Heartfield

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4245

Peter E. Hosey

Peter E. Hosey

Partner, San Antonio
210.228.2423

Harris Huguenard

Harris Huguenard

Associate, Houston
713.752.4235

William R. Jenkins

William R. Jenkins

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7214

Patrick Knapp

Patrick Knapp

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5963

Tim S. Leonard

Tim S. Leonard

Partner, Houston
713.752.4439

Julia W. Mann

Julia W. Mann

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7761

Reagan M. Marble

Reagan M. Marble

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7770

Robert L. Soza, Jr.

Robert L. Soza, Jr.

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7718

Len A. Wade

Len A. Wade

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7263

Peter K. Wahl

Peter K. Wahl

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6101

Scott  A. Wheatley

Scott A. Wheatley

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7224

Austin Yancy

Austin Yancy

Associate, Houston
713.752.4346

  • Upstream Oil & Gas
  • Midstream Oil & Gas
  • Contract/Joint Operating Agreement Disputes
  • Operator/Service Company Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Royalty Owner Disputes
  • Accounting Disputes
  • Oilfield Service Companies (products liability claims; warranty claims)
  • Surface Owner Disputes
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Personal Injury (non-maritime)
  • Personal Injury (maritime)
  • Commodities & Derivatives
  • Contract Disputes
  • Transaction Enforcement Litigation
  • Litigation (federal and state), administrative proceedings, and arbitration
  • Class actions
  • Midstream/pipeline litigation
  • Construction/equipment disputes
  • Environmental actions and litigation
  • Personal injury claims
  • Anti-trust
  • Contract disputes

 

August 13, 2021
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6 Months Later, What To Know About The Texas Storm MDL | Law360 (Subscription Required)

Six months after the February winter storm impacted the Texas energy grid, Law360 spoke with Jackson Walker partner Joseph “Tré” Fischer about the multidistrict litigation resulting from the winter storm.

July 21, 2021
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Tenaska Wants $15.8M Suit Over Winter Storm Charges Nixed | Law360 (Subscription Required)

Tenaska Power Services wants a Texas federal court to toss a chemical manufacturing company’s suit challenging $15.8 million in costs from February’s historic winter storm, arguing it rightfully passed along charges imposed by Texas’ grid operator to the company. Olin is represented by Joseph A. Fischer III, Meghan Elaine Griffiths and William J. Stowe of Jackson Walker LLP.

June 22, 2021
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Williams Cos. Can’t Escape Kansas Natural Gas Price-Fix Suit | Law360 (Subscription Required)

A three-judge panel rejected an appeal of a lower court’s decision not to grant the Williams Cos., Dynegy Marketing & Trade and others summary judgment in the price-fixing suit, but the panel came up with a different reason for its ruling. Dynegy is represented by Edwin M. Buffmire, Adam Aston, Jennifer Caughey, Heather Heartfield, Jay K. Wieser and Joseph A. Fischer III of Jackson Walker LLP.

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June 11, 2021
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ERCOT Granted MDL For Texas Winter Storm Suits | Law360 (Subscription Required)

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. and other defendants facing lawsuits over loss of power and water services during February’s deadly winter storm can consolidate 157 related cases in a multidistrict litigation pretrial court, a state panel has ruled. The Texas Supreme Court’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted a request on Thursday to address the cases together after the defendants asked that they be grouped given the similar circumstances of the lawsuits that sprung up after Winter Storm Uri caused outages across the state.

May 20, 2021
Spotlight

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices in 2021 USA and Global Guides

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 41 attorneys and 14 departments for inclusion in the 2021 edition of the Global and USA guides.

May 3, 2021
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Power Co. Hit With $15.8M Suit Over Texas Winter Storm Bill | Law360 (Subscription Required)

Chemical manufacturing company Olin Corp. said in Texas federal court that it wants $15.8 million from Tenaska Power Services, which it says conflated terms of two contracts and wrongly tried to pass on costs it incurred from Texas’ grid operator during February’s historic winter storm.

April 20, 2021
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Electric Cos. Join ERCOT In Request For Winter Storm MDL | Law360 (Subscription Required)

Texas electricity companies facing lawsuits related to the deadly and destructive February winter storm have joined the state’s primary grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., in requesting multidistrict litigation in what is now a total of 90 cases.

April 16, 2021
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Rose Grower Says Gas Marketer Can’t Pass On Storm Costs | Law360 (Subscription Required)

Natural gas marketer Symmetry Energy Solutions is facing a proposed class action in Texas federal court alleging it wrongfully passed the costs of its last-minute gas purchases during February’s major winter storm onto thousands of customers nationwide.

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February 22, 2021
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Boosts Energy Transactions Group With Addition of Pat Knapp in Dallas

Joining the Energy practice, Pat Knapp brings a wealth of experience handling corporate transactions and energy litigation as in-house and outside counsel to domestic and international upstream, midstream, and downstream energy companies.

December 21, 2020
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American Midstream Wants $6.1M Judgment Undone In Texas | Law360 (Subscription Required)

American Midstream LLC told a Texas appeals court that a misreading of its gas transportation agreement with a natural gas trader led a trial court to wrongly impose a $6.1 million judgment for the trader when American Midstream should instead have won $1.2 million for the trader’s early termination of the contract.

American is represented by Lynne Liberato, Polly Fohn and Natasha Breaux of Haynes and Boone LLP and Jennifer Caughey, Joseph A. Fischer III and Richard Howell of Jackson Walker LLP.

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