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For over four decades, Bradley Murchison attorneys have built a tradition of service to the Energy and Natural Resources Industry by providing quality legal representation to virtually all sectors of the industry, from on-shore and offshore oil, gas and solid mineral operations, to midstream and upstream pipelines and related infrastructure, to Federal and state regulation and compliance. While our practice is generally focused on the industry’s operations in Louisiana, we have significant experience all across the southern region and offshore. We work with industry clients in connection with issues and opportunities presented by the on-going development of the natural resources underlying the state of Louisiana, as well as in East Texas and Southern Arkansas. Our attorneys have served as project counsel in the development and operation of the first commercial lignite surface mine operation in Louisiana, an operation which involved the development and production of lignite underlying over 30,000 acres in northwest Louisiana. In addition, the commercial and in-house years of experience of Bradley Murchison’s Energy and Natural Resources attorneys continue to play a key role in the support we provide industry clients in the various aspects of their operations on the Outer Continental Shelf.

 

Our attorneys include past and present members of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, the state’s principal promoter of education and development of mineral law. Bradley Murchison is continually recognized by Chambers USA since 2013 as a Leading Law Firm in Energy & Natural Resources Law. Additionally, firm partners are individually recognized by Chambers USA for Energy & Natural Resources. Several of the firm’s partners have been recognized by Best Lawyers® for Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas Law and Mining Law. Many have also been recognized by Super Lawyers® in the Energy Practice Area.

 

Bradley Murchison’s energy and natural resources attorneys provide services and have served as advisors and advocates for clients in the following areas:

 

Oil, Gas & Energy Litigation:

The Bradley Murchison litigation attorneys regularly represent clients in courtrooms and in alternative dispute resolution arenas :
Mineral owner / surface owner claims
Disputes between operators and non-operators
Royalty audit disputes
Contracts Disputes and Enforcement

 

Oil & Gas Title:

We regularly issue complex title opinions with respect to oil, gas and mineral drilling as well as title opinions related to lignite and other solid mineral surface mining; acquisition title opinions; drill site title opinions; and division order title opinions for on-shore lands and for lands on the Outer Continental Shelf (Federal Offshore) and State of Louisiana offshore lands.
 
Oil & Gas Business Transactions and Operations:

Our attorneys have subject matter expertise in various energy transactions for oil & gas companies and investors, including assets transactions and company mergers, acquisition, and divestiture as well as New Resource Project Development and Finance.

 

Upstream:

We provide counsel spanning field life, in the onshore and offshore arenas, to operators and non-operators, investors, and other entities with regard to the exploration, exploitation, development, production and abandonment of oil, gas and other natural resource plays.

Bradley Murchison attorneys negotiate, draft, interpret, and manage for clients: Area of Mutual Interest Agreements; Exploration Agreements; Farm-Out Agreements; Participation Agreements; Seismic Exploration Agreements; Joint Operating Agreements; Unit Operating Agreements; Joint Development Agreements; Drilling and Master Service Agreements; Abandonment Agreements.

 

Midstream:

Bradley Murchison attorneys have many years of experience counseling pipeline and platform owners and operators, contractors, and gathering facilities owners and operators in relation to the acquisition of rights to locate or relocate such facilities. Our attorneys negotiate, draft, interpret, and manage for clients: Federal Right of Ways Assignments; Right of Use and Easement Applications; Platform Use Agreements; Production Handling Agreements; Gathering Processing and Dedication Agreements; Transportation and Marketing Agreements; Pipeline Construction Agreements; Leases of Platform Space.

 

Energy Regulation & Compliance

 

Federal:

Bradley Murchison attorneys have demonstrable experience assisting oil and gas companies, investors, individuals, pipeline companies, and other business entities in resolving issues with federal entities including prosecuting their rights before such agencies; guiding regulatory compliance; providing government relations services at the federal, state and local levels to clients in their various interactions with regulatory bodies.

 

Our energy attorneys handle matters such as regulatory compliance and filing with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management relative to Oil & Gas Assignments, Designations of Operators, Primary and Supplemental Financial Assurance; disputes related to unitization, high bids rejections, decommissioning assessment liabilities, and producibility in paying quantities with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Orders to pay Delay Rental or Royalties disputes with the Office of Natural Resources Revenues; appeals before the Interior Board of Lands Appeals with the Office of Hearings and Appeals.

 

State and Parishes:

Bradley Murchison attorneys also work closely with all related governmental entities including the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the State Mineral and Energy Board, Public Service Commission, the Office of Conservation, Pipeline Safety, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (“LDEQ”).

 


Lawyers


Associations

Professional Landmen’s Association of New Orleans (PLANO)

Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL)

The Center for American and International Law – The Institute of Energy Law

Association of International Petroleum Negotiations

American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)

American Board of Trial Advocates

Lafayette Association of Petroleum Landmen

Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen

Institute for Energy Law

Louisiana Board of Commerce & Industry

American Arbitration Association Energy Panel

Federal Energy Bar

Louisiana Mineral Law Institute

Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL)

Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA)

Women’s Energy Network

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Louisiana Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association (LAMOGA)

Louisiana Chemical Associtation

Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance

Rocky Mineral Law Foundation

Mid Continent Oil & Gas Association


Representative Matters

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in the identification of “held by production” acreage it owns as prospective for natural gas development in the deep rights, “Haynesville Shale” resource play in Northwest Louisiana, preparation and issuance of requests for proposal (“RFP”) to Haynesville Shale developers for the joint development of such acreage, preparation with the client in the review and evaluation of the responses received to the RFP, and the successful negotiation of agreements with the developers for the development of the Haynesville Shale natural gas resource underlying such acreage.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in its successful application to the Louisiana Office of Conservation (“LOC”) to change the previously approved “unit operator” of a 640 acre “Haynesville Shale” natural gas drilling and production unit situated in Northwest Louisiana (the “Unit”).

 

Lieber v. Rust, relating to the establishment of predial servitudes.

 

Obtained a reversal of the lower court by the Arkansas Supreme Court in Blanchard v. Sonat establishing industry favorable law in Arkansas relating to seismic exploration and trespass.

 

Defending 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.

 

Defending 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.

 

Pursuing 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.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in its successful negotiation with a publicly traded oil and gas exploration company of (1) a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the sale of an undivided fifty percent (50%) interest in certain oil and gas properties and associated rights in its Eagle Ford Oil Shale Prospect underlying 20,000+/- acres of lands situated in two adjoining counties in Texas, and (2) Joint Development and Joint Operating Agreements by which the Seller and Buyer jointly own, explore, develop and operate these Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas properties.

 

Representation of an independent oil and gas exploration company in its successful acquisition from a publicly traded oil and gas exploration company of a 72% net revenue interest in 2,640+/- acres of oil and gas leases that are “held by production” and cover seven sections of land in the East Holly Field of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.

 

Motion for Reconsideration granted by district court and upheld by United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Alyce Gaines Johnson v. El Paso, confirming granting clause in standard Bath Form as broad and unambiguous.

 

Defending 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.

 

Advised and assisted an independent midstream and gas gathering company with respect to property, legal, and right of way issues.

 

Defending agricultural corporations with respect to the attempted expropriation of rights of way across farm property.

 

Defending 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.

 

Defending 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.

 

Small Engine Shop, Inc. v. Cascio, a seminal case cited for establishing the due process standard in Louisiana following the Mennonite case and holding that the Louisiana statute providing the owner of a property interest to file a request for notice of seizure did not shift the entire burden for notice to the property owner.

 

Alice Gaines Johnson Trust v. El Paso E&P, L.P. This case was brought by the plaintiff for past due royalties and claim for damages of double the amount of royalties due and lease cancellation under the Louisiana Mineral Code. The case was tried in U. S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, resulting in a jury verdict in favor of client, awarding no damages or lease cancellation.

 

Represented multiple petro-chemical companies in site location and acquisition, economic development incentive negotiations, permitting, company start-up, and contract negotiations for world class facilities.

 

Represented large scale terminaling project in site location and company start-up.

 

Represented commercial clients before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in response to significant enforcement actions including matters relating to air, water, solid waste, and hazardous waste.

 

Represented oil and gas industry clients before various local governmental entities in the negotiation of acceptable ordinances and regulations including pipeline right-of-way and construction permit agreements, noise ordinances, and road repair ordinances.

 

Successfully represented a large natural gas producer in negotiations with the State of Louisiana after a State audit challenging deduction of gathering fees from state royalties under the terms of certain state leases.

 

Performed all of the legal services required by the Operator of the Dolet Hill Lignite Mine. The Dolet Hills Mine is Louisiana’s first commercial lignite surface mine, encompassing over 30,000 acres in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. The Mine serves as the “base load” fuel supply for the Dolet Hills Power Plant, a 640 megawatt lignite fired generating unit also located in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.

 

Represented an independent producer in successfully defeating a claim for free gas under a claim by a lessor under a Texas natural gas lease.

 

Successfully defended a large gas gathering company against a landowner challenge in establishing a right of way based on lease and production records.

 

Representation of an integrated energy company in connection with its development of a high-voltage direct current transmission system across Louisiana to tie electric distribution utility systems situated in the Southeastern United States to the wind power generation facilities within the boundaries of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Awards

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Commercial Litigation, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Commercial Litigation, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Construction Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Energy Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Litigation Construction, 2019

Bradlely Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Litigation – Environmental, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Oil & Gas Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Arbitration, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Litigation – Real Estate, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Mediation, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Natural Resources Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms©in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Real Estate Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 3, Baton Rouge, Litigation – Environmental, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Top Listed State Awards, having 7 lawyers listed for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants in Louisiana, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Top Listed City Awards, having 6 lawyers in Shreveport listed for Energy Law, 2019

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Top Listed City Awards, having 2 lawyers in Shreveport listed for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants in Shreveport, 2019

Malcolm S. Murchison named the Best Lawyers© 2019 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Shreveport

Joseph L. Shea, Jr. named the Best Lawyers© 2019 Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in Shreveport

Bradley Murchison ranked as a leading law firm by Chambers USA in Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2013 – Present