Today more than ever, energy companies find themselves in need of trusted representation from counsel who understand the increasingly complex issues emerging in this challenging and rapidly evolving industry. Our attorneys have been nationally recognized by receiving a U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers (a Woodward/White company) "Best Law Firms" 2018 ranking for our energy practice.

Gray Reed covers almost every facet of the energy industry. Our specific legal expertise and experience in the energy field includes the following areas, as well as many other energy related legal matters, onshore and offshore, both in the domestic USA and  internationally:

  • Energy litigation, arbitrations, and mediation
  • Energy bankruptcies and restructuring
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • SEC compliance
  • Energy financing (public and private)
  • Asset sales and divestitures
  • Title examinations and curative
  • Oil and gas lease negotiations
  • Operating agreements
  • Farmout negotiations
  • Unitization
  • Pooling
  • Natural gas sales and processing
  • Oil and natural gas gathering and transportation
  • Pipeline condemnations
  • Facilities agreements
  • Master services agreements
  • Regulatory advice

Gray Reed's Energy Expertise

Energy Litigation

Gray Reed’s energy litigators are experienced in a wide variety of energy disputes and in trying energy related cases around the country in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels, tribunals, regulatory agencies and administrative judges. Our lawyers have a proven record of achieving favorable outcomes from small disputes to multi-billion dollar national class actions and other large, multi-party disputes.

Energy Transactions/Oil and Gas

Our energy transactional team includes a group of attorneys focusing on oil and gas title examination and transactional work primarily for upstream energy producers. The firm currently writes oil and gas title and division order opinions in 12 states: Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio. Gray Reed also provides legal services in connection with oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures, as well as a myriad of other matters, both domestic and international, including advice on joint operating agreements, farmouts, leasing, joint ventures, areas of mutual interest, surface agreements, facilities agreements, pooling, unitization, drilling and master services agreements, gathering and processing agreements, crude oil and natural gas sales agreements, and associated regulatory matters. Our oil and gas team includes attorneys who are board certified in oil and gas law and are regularly called upon to write and speak on energy matters. They also serve as expert witnesses in energy related litigation and as mediators and advisors in energy related disputes.

Energy Finance, Tax and Securities

Gray Reed’s corporate team includes attorneys who regularly assist energy companies in pursuing solutions to a variety of corporate energy issues and matters including energy financing and borrowing, SEC compliance, tax advice, mergers and acquisitions, equipment leases, and entity formation.

Energy Bankruptcy and Restructuring

We also represent and advise troubled energy companies, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, owners, managers, committees and other constituents in financial distress, workout, turnaround, restructuring, planning and bankruptcy scenarios, both in and out of court.

Gray Reed Clients

We represent multinational energy producers, independent operators of all sizes, and a broad range of midstream and upstream energy concerns.

Expertise in the Field

Many of Gray Reed’s energy team members accumulated years of practical experience working in the energy industry before moving to private practice. Our attorneys have worked for major and independent energy companies and have served on boards of various energy companies. Our energy attorneys include three board certified oil, gas and mineral law specialists and are licensed in numerous oil and gas producing states, which enables us to fully cover the energy centers of the United States. Gray Reed’s energy lawyers are frequent authors and lecturers on energy topics and have held leadership positions in such industry-focused organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Energy Law Institute, Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association and the Energy Sections of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, and the Dallas Bar Association.

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