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Texas oil and gas law is complex, with certain rights afforded to both mineral and landowners. The existence of two distinct estates—the mineral estate and the surface estate—and the common severance of these estates can lead to many disputes. Furthermore, modern oil and gas extraction techniques, including fracking, can cause contentious disagreements between estate owners.

If you are dealing with an oil and gas law matter, such as a title dispute or royalties issue, Howry Breen & Herman can help. For nearly 25 years, our team of skilled litigators has represented mineral and landowners in all types of oil and gas litigation. Unlike many other law firms in the area, we are highly experienced trial attorneys. Our team has tried thousands of cases before judges and juries, winning numerous record-setting results.

Discuss your situation with an oil and gas litigation lawyer in Austin, Georgetown, or the nearby areas. Call (512) 430-4844 or fill out an online contact form to request your free consultation.

Understanding Texas Oil & Gas Law

Texas is one of several U.S. states with an abundance of natural mineral resources. With private ownership of oil, gas, and other minerals, however, comes heavy regulation. Both federal and state law govern the ownership, extraction, and distribution of minerals throughout Texas and the U.S. as a whole.

In Texas, oil and gas ownership is divided into two distinct estates or set of rights: the surface estate, or the rights of the landowner, and the mineral estate, or the rights of the person or company that owns the sub-surface oil, gas, or other minerals. Typically, these estates are owned by two separate parties. Often, the actual operation of the surface is carried out by a party that has taken a lease (known as the lessee) from the mineral owner (the lessor).

Texas law generally grants “dominance” to the mineral estate. In other words, the mineral owner or the lessee has broad rights to use the surface in any way and to any reasonable extent for the purpose of oil or gas exploration, extraction, development, or production. There are certain exceptions to this rule, notably, if the terms of the mineral lease or deed explicitly limit free surface use. Additionally, municipal ordinances and local laws may limit surface use rights.

Types of Oil & Gas Litigation Issues We Handle

At Howry Breen & Herman, we represent individuals and businesses in all types of oil and gas disputes and related issues. Whether you are a surface owner wondering about your land control rights or you are a mineral owner currently embroiled in a joint operating agreement dispute, we can help.

Our firm can assist you with any oil and gas litigation issue, including but not limited to:

  • Royalty disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Title and lease issues
  • Property damage claims
  • Joint operating agreements
  • Fracking disputes
  • Mineral owner rights
  • Landowner rights
  • Easement disputes
  • Mineral transportation and storage
  • Pollution and/or emissions
  • Drilling disputes
  • Oil and gas personal injury

Our goal is simple: to help you achieve the best possible result for your case. With this in mind, our Austin oil and gas litigation attorneys take the time to understand your unique situation and goals. We understand that every mineral interest is different. We are here to listen to your concerns and aggressively advocate for your interests.

Get in touch with our team at (512) 430-4844 to learn more about how we can help you with your oil and gas dispute or related litigation issue.

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  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys 2020
    Selection to America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identity the nation’s most exceptional litigators for high-value personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice matters. HBH is proud that Sean Breen has been selected for this award. Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community. (2017-2020)
  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US News 2016
    Howry, Breen & Herman is proud to have been selected as one of U.S. News’s Best Law Firms. Law firms are selected for inclusion in in this prestigious ranking based on a series of quantitative and qualitative criteria.
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year | Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year | Personal Injury - Plaintiffs
  • Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award. Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession. Both Sean Breen (2017) and Randy Howry (2018) are honored to receive this award.
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters. To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state. HBH is privileged to honor Partners Sean Breen (2017- 2020) and Randy Howry 2017, 2019, and 2020 for selection of this award.
  • Expertise- Best Real Estate Lawyers in Austin 2020
    Expertise - Howry Breen & Herman was recognized and featured in an article by expertisecommunity.com as one of the Best Real Estate Lawyers in Austin. 2020
  • America’s Premier High-Stakes Trial Lawyers®” – 7 Figure Litigators®, 8 Figure Litigators®, is meant to recognize the nation’s most respected and preeminent high-stakes trial lawyers based on their verifiable verdicts and/or settlements. It is a tremendous honor for Sean Breen (2019) and Randy Howry (2020) to be recognized among this elite group.
  • America’s Premier High-Stakes Trial Lawyers®” – 7 Figure Litigators®, 8 Figure Litigators®, is meant to recognize the nation’s most respected and preeminent high-stakes trial lawyers based on their verifiable verdicts and/or settlements. It is a tremendous honor for Sean Breen (2019) and Randy Howry (2020) to be recognized among this elite group.
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, a highly respected legal organization that limits its members to premier trial attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by strict qualification requirements. Sean Breen Top 100 Civil Plaintiff, 2009 – 2020.
  • Top 10 Business Tort Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Randy Howry 2012-2013; Sean Breen since 2016.
  • Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America® recognizes the top 5% of the most skilled attorneys in the nation. The robust selection process requires attorneys to nominate and review fellow lawyers based on their ethics, skill, knowledge, and ability to obtain results for their clients. The Best Lawyers in America list is a way for plaintiffs to identify the leading attorneys in their region, known for their ability to get results with honesty, strength, and skill. Tim Herman, Sean Breen & Randy Howry have been featured by Best Lawyers in America for multiple years since 2006 running alongside some of the most qualified firms in the nation.
  • Texas Monthly Top Attorneys - Sean E. Breen
    Top Attorneys As Published In Texas Monthly
  • Top 50 US Verdicts All Practice Areas Texas 2017
    Sean Breen was honored by TopVerdict.com for recovering one of the Top 50 Verdicts in Texas in 2017. This is an honorable distinction, reserved for those attorneys that achieve the highest settlements and verdicts in the state.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Sean Breen is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a renowned legal organization whose membership is restricted to trial attorneys who have achieved seven-figured settlements and/or jury verdicts. 2011.
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    We are proud to have Sean Breen who is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In order to become a member, an attorney must demonstrate that he or she has successfully achieved at least one six-figure settlement or jury verdict. 2011.
  • AV Preeminent
    Martindale-Hubbell® is widely regarded as one of the most renowned peer-review rating organizations in the legal field. Randy Howry (2018), Sean Breen (2001), Tim Herman (1998), Glen Wilkerson (2014) and Chris Lavorato (2014) at Howry, Breen & Herman have achieved the organization’s highest distinction of AV Preeminent®.
  • Super Lawyers
    Each year, Super Lawyers® magazine publishes its list of peer-nominated/evaluated and independently reviewed attorneys. We are proud to have several attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Super Lawyers® list. 2003-2020.
  • Top American Lawyers
    Membership in Top American Lawyers is limited to only 1% of all attorneys in the United States. Randy Howry is proud to be honored with a Lifetime Charter Membership in this exclusive organization (2017).
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