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Oil & Gas Litigation Lawyers in Austin

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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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  • Howry Breen & Herman is proud to have been nominated as “America’s Premier High-Stakes Trial Lawyers®” – 7 Figure Litigators®, 8 Figure Litigators®, ®, which is meant to recognize the nation’s most respected and preeminent high-stakes trial lawyers based on their verifiable verdicts and/or settlements.
  • Howry Breen & Herman is proud to have been nominated as “America’s Premier High-Stakes Trial Lawyers®” – 7 Figure Litigators®, 8 Figure Litigators®, ®, which is meant to recognize the nation’s most respected and preeminent high-stakes trial lawyers based on their verifiable verdicts and/or settlements.
  • Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America® recognizes top legal talent throughout the U.S. via a rigorous peer-review process. At Howry, Breen & Herman, we are proud to have several attorneys who have earned a place in The Best Lawyers in America® list.
  • Best Lawyers 2018
    Inclusion in Best Lawyers, the oldest and one of the most highly regarded legal peer-review publications, is regarded by both attorneys and clients as an extremely high honor. Our firm is proud to have multiple attorneys selected for this honor.
  • Top 50 US Verdicts All Practice Areas Texas 2017
    Our attorneys were honored by 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.
  • 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.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Several of our attorneys are members 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.
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    A number of our lawyers are invited members of The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, a highly respected legal organization that limits its members to trial attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and met strict qualification requirements.
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    We are proud to have numerous attorneys who are members 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.
  • Top American Lawyers
    Membership in Top American Lawyers is limited to only 1% of all attorneys in the United States. We at Howry, Breen & Herman are proud to have a number of attorneys who have been accepted as members of this exclusive organization.
  • AV Preeminent
    Martindale-Hubbell® is widely regarded as one of the most renowned peer-review rating organizations in the legal field. Several attorneys 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.
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    Top Attorneys As Published In Texas Monthly
  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Business Tort Top 10 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers 2019
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year | Personal Injury - Plaintiffs
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year | Litigation - Trusts & Estates
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