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About Leland

Leland G. Horton primarily practices in the areas of business and property litigation; with particular experience in oil and gas, right of way and servitude, property, contracting, expropriation issues, real estate litigation, and other general business matters. Leland has provided assistance and advice to many businesses and individuals in these areas, including for business disputes, lawsuits, alternative dispute resolution; real estate and property disputes, business advice, contracts, and work on commercial disputes of many types. Leland has also provided advice and analysis with respect to mineral ownership leases, oil and gas production and operational; issues, and royalty matters.
Leland represents both publicly traded and regional energy companies with respect to operational and mineral ownership issues. He has litigated successful result and final settlement in connection with large bank fraud claim. He has also litigated and negotiated claims for oil and gas operating companies in numerous royalty litigation claims. 
Leland is a contributor and active participant in the Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Annual Seminar for over 14 years, including as speaker and organizer, and has participated in the re-integration of the Shreveport Pro Bono Project into the Shreveport Bar Foundation. 
Defended an independent oil and gas company and certain related individuals against contrary claims of property and mineral ownership in United States. 
District Court as raised by the United States of America and mineral lessees thereof. The dispute involved conflicting interpretations as to the factual and legal status of certain lands currently covered by a freshwater lake.
Defended a publicly traded oil and gas company and its joint venture partner in a putative class action lawsuit whereby individuals claim to have been damaged and adversely affected by circumstances related to drilling activities, including allegations of water, soil, and air contamination affecting more than 100 individuals and nearby property.
Defended an independent oil and gas producer in litigation claiming that an oil and gas lease covering hundreds of acres had expired for failure to produce natural gas in paying quantities.
Defended an independent oil and gas company in a lawsuit claiming that natural gas from certain wells was not properly routed to a particular pipeline system as contracted.
Pursued claims regarding unpaid invoices for oil and gas services companies in connection with services rendered and to defend claims of negligence in performing contracted services.
Defended a publicly traded oil and gas company against individuals claiming ownership of mineral rights based on failure of title and violation of due process rights in connection with prior tax sale.

Super Lawyers ®, Shreveport, LA, since 2015

The Best Lawyers in America ©, Shreveport, LA, Commercial Litigation and Energy Law, since 2018

Order of the Coif, Tulane University Law School, J.D.

Law Review, Tulane University Law School, J.D.

Mortar Board Honor Society, Texas Christian University, B.A.

National Merit Scholar 

Presentations:

Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Annual Seminar: Presentations on Various Topics  including: Maintaining Servitudes by Continuous Drilling Operations, Pipeline, Right of Way, and Expropriation Issues, Recent Developments in Louisiana Mineral Law, Ethics, 2005-2019

 

Institute For Energy Law, panel member on recent developments in Louisiana law, Shale Play Conference, 2012

 

“Implied Mineral Lease Obligations in Louisiana” Louisiana Institute on Mineral Law: Paper and Presentation, 2007

 

“An Overview of Current Louisiana Law Regarding Implied Lease Obligations,” American Association of Mineral Owners Conference: Paper and Presentation, 2006

 

“The Basics of Louisiana Mineral Law, Recent Lessons and Developments in Louisiana Mineral Law,” In-House Seminars for clients

 

Health Care Bill Panel Discussion, 2010

 

Lorman Educational Services: HIPAA paper and presentation to human resource managers and others

Practice Areas
Industries
Education

Tulane University Law School, Juris Doctor,  magna cum laude,  2000

Texas Christian University, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1997  

Bar Affiliations

Louisiana, 2000

Courts

Louisiana State Courts
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Associations

Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen, President, 2016-17, Board of Directors, 2014-17, Seminar Chair, 2014-16, Member

Institute for Energy Law, Past Advisory Board Member

North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Board Member, 2010-13

Harry V. Booth Inn of Court, Barrister Member

North Louisiana Federal Bar Association, Charter Member, Past Board Member and Secretary

Northwest Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Past Board Member, 2005-10, Chairman, 2009-10

Red Mass Society

Jets Youth Football Organization, President, 2018, Board Member, 2016-18

St. Joseph School, School Council President, 2016-17, School Council Member, 2015-2017