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About Leland

Leland G. Horton primarily practices in the areas of business and property litigation; with particular experience in energy, oil and gas, right of way and servitudes, property, pipelines, contracting, expropriation, real estate litigation, and other general business matters. Leland provides assistance and advice to many businesses and individuals in these areas, including for business disputes, lawsuits, alternative dispute resolution, business advice, contracts, and work on commercial issues of many types. Leland also provides advice and analysis with respect to mineral ownership leases, oil and gas production and operational issues, and royalty matters.

Successful litigation of numerous pipeline and right of way disputes for regional and publicly traded companies.


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 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 claimed damage related to drilling activities, including allegations of water, soil, and air contamination.


Defended an independent oil and gas producer in claims 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 on 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.

The Best Lawyers in America ©, Shreveport, LA, Lawyer of the Year Award Recipient: Litigation – Environmental, 2023


The Best Lawyers in America ©, Shreveport, LA, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental, since 2022


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


Super Lawyers ®, Shreveport, LA, since 2015


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


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



Practice Areas

Tulane University Law School, Juris Doctor,

magna cum laude, 2000


Texas Christian University, Bachelor of Arts,

magna cum laude, 1997

Bar Affiliations

Louisiana, 2000


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


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, (Past Member)


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


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