Over the last 35 years, I’ve helped smart, success-driven business owners and entrepreneurs solve a wide range of problems with challenging legal issues, complicated facts, aggressive opponents and substantial dollars at stake. Whether I’m guiding clients through the ups and downs of litigation or arbitration, or negotiating a practical alternative solution to keep them out of the courtroom, my tireless work ethic and client-first approach always leads them to the best outcome possible.
Leader of the Energy Litigation Practice Group, Charles 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.
In addition to his energy litigation practice, Charles handles commercial disputes for healthcare partnerships and other businesses covering a broad range of issues, including practice dissolution, breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, non-compete agreements, trade secret theft, injunctions, employment discrimination, and collections. He also represents candidates and officeholders in Election Code controversies. Charles is also on the short list for parties seeking an arbitrator with deep experience in resolving commercial disputes involving energy, healthcare, non-compete agreements and trade secrets.
Before starting his private practice, Charles 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. This experience gave Charles a rare insider’s knowledge of the oil and gas business, and over time he found that his problem-solving and negotiation skills are a perfect match for litigation, arbitration and prevention of commercial disputes.
Dedicated to helping clients stay current on the best ways to protect their businesses, Charles is the author and editor of Energy & The Law, a blog focused on exploring critical developments in the energy industry and how they impact clients from a legal and business perspective.