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For over four decades, Bradley Murchison attorneys have built a longstanding 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, in-house and 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.

 

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

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)

Women’s Energy Network

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Louisiana Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association (LAMOGA)

Louisiana Chemical Associtation

Rocky Mineral Law Foundation


Representative Matters

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.

 

Represented multiple petrochemical 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.

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 – Labor & Employment; 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


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