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March 6, 2023 
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Gray Reed Partner Charlie Sartain Named Top Energy Author in JD Supra's 2023 Readers' Choice Awards

Charlie Sartain, author and editor of Energy & The Law, took first place (energy category) in the 2023 JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards. The awards program honors authors for their visibility and thought leadership covering 28 key, cross-industry topics. Sartain has been recognized every year since the Readers' Choice Awards began in 2016. 

Directed to energy executives and landmen, as well as in-house attorneys, Energy & The Law is a blog focused on exploring critical developments in the energy industry and how they impact clients from a legal and business perspective.

“My goal for this blog is to report on developments in energy law in a way that is easy to understand and convenient to use,” Sartain says. “I want any operator, landman, engineer, investor, royalty owner, or manager to be able to determine how, or if, a recent court decision, statute, regulation or news item could affect their business. I want any practitioner or in-house counsel to be able to determine quickly and efficiently whether a recent development in the law might require more of their attention.”

The firm’s Energy Industry Team Leader, Sartain is an experienced trial lawyer who primarily focuses on resolving complex energy disputes in Texas and Louisiana through litigation, arbitration and negotiation. His clients include oil and gas producers and investors, midstream transportation operators, and mineral and royalty owners involved all types of contractual, payment and operational disputes. Before starting his private practice, Sartain worked as in-house transactional counsel for Sun Oil Company, where he learned the nuts and bolts of contract and title law and gained a first-hand understanding of clients’ goals and concerns within the energy industry.

About The Awards Selection Methodology

JD Supra editors chose the 31 main topics covered in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards for their timeliness as well as their proven, ongoing importance. In each category, we recognize ten authors and one firm for consistently highest readership and engagement within that category for all of 2022. In total, across all categories, we recognized the excellence and achievement of 303 authors selected from over 70,000 who publish their excellent work on our platform.

About JD Supra

JD Supra delivers need-to-know legal and business content to professionals in all industries in daily email digests, via more than 100 proprietary social feeds, on mobile platforms, to partner websites, and as news across the web. Through the innovative use of technology and curated audiences, JD Supra connects over 70,000 professionals writing on important topics to C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and media members concerned with matters impacting business today. JD Supra also provides firms with competitive insights and market intelligence derived from the thousands of articles being read daily across the platform. For more information, visit and check out last year's awards here.

About Gray Reed

A full-service Texas law firm with offices in Dallas, Houston and Waco, Gray Reed provides legal services to companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500 as well as high net worth individuals. Gray Reed attorneys assist clients with a myriad of legal issues including commercial litigation, corporate transactions, oil and gas, tax planning and litigation, real estate, construction, healthcare, trusts and estates, employment law, family law, intellectual property and bankruptcy. For more information, visit