Energy is the lifeblood of the global economy, and Houston is the epicenter of the energy business. DT’s attorneys have grown up—in many cases both personally and professionally—in the energy industry. DT’s attorneys have a combined century or more of experience representing companies and individuals at the upstream, midstream, and downstream levels of the energy supply chain and bring that deep and broad experience to bear for clients.
Oil & Gas
Contract Negotiation & Drafting
DT’s attorneys excel in negotiating and drafting crucial contracts that are essential to the oil & gas industry. These may include lease agreements, joint operating agreements, drilling contracts, and service agreements. DT prioritizes securing favorable terms while safeguarding its clients’ best interests.
Royalty Disputes & Rights Determination
Resolving royalty and rights disputes is paramount to ensuring fair compensation for DT’s clients in the oil & gas industry. DT handles royalty disputes, lease audits, and other litigation matters, working tirelessly to protect its clients’ rights and ensure fair compensation. With DT’s proven expertise, it can adeptly handle royalty disputes, striving to protect its clients’ rights and interests in receiving appropriate compensation for the use of their resources.
Environmental & Land Use Matters
Environmental concerns play a significant role in the oil & gas industry. DT assists clients in addressing environmental impact assessments, land use issues, and remediation efforts. DT’s goal is to guide clients in adopting environmentally responsible practices while ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
In the event of legal disputes, DT’s experienced litigators provide robust representation. DT handles litigation related to breach of contract, property rights, environmental liabilities, and other oil and gas-related disputes. DT’s approach emphasizes strategic negotiation, mediation, or litigation to achieve favorable outcomes for its clients.
Oil Field Services
Oilfield Services Accidents and Catastrophes
Because oil field services entail inherent risks, including accidents, well-control events, frac hits, equipment failures, navigational mishaps, and environmental incidents, DT has the seasoned litigators to help when these problems arise. That help begins in the minutes after the incident, while rescue or well control operations are still underway and authorities are asking probing questions about events occurring thousands of feet underground. A proper crisis response and initial investigation can make the difference between total exoneration or existential liability, between just compensation for loss or the deep injustice of harm without recourse. Diligent attention to detail and preparedness for litigation and government inquiries must continue all the way until every claim is tried or settled, every judgment paid, every consent decree negotiated and every regulatory requirement satisfied.
Whether a large company or the surviving loved one of a hard-working crew member, DT stands in the gap for its energy industry clients in their darkest moments of physical, operational, or financial catastrophe.
Insurance Coverage and Claims
DT also has deep experience handling insurance claims, coverage disputes, subrogation, or liability for property damage (first party and liability claims), business interruption, catastrophic injury, and loss of hole or loss of reservoir or resources, to name a few. DT is in the business of protecting clients and zealously pursuing recourse on their behalf when they have been the victim of another’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Intellectual property rights play a crucial role in the oil and gas industry, particularly in technology-driven services. Oil field service providers may face legal challenges concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets, or copyrights related to proprietary technologies, processes, or data. DT has experience in either enforcing or defending companies or individuals when intellectual property becomes a contested legal issue.
Employment & Labor Law
As oil field service companies employ a large workforce, legal issues often arise in areas such as employment contracts, worker classification (employee versus independent contractor), workplace safety, wage and hour compliance, discrimination, harassment, or labor disputes. DT can help navigate when these types of employment issues arise.
Market Design & Structure
Sometimes energy consumers can suffer from poorly designed electricity markets. This may be due to market models, market rules, pricing mechanisms, capacity markets, auction processes, and market power mitigation.
Energy Market Competition
Legal issues may arise when energy providers engage in anti-competitive behavior, such as price manipulation, bid-rigging, or abuse of market power. When this occurs, consumers suffer.