The stakes are high in any case involving oil and gas rights or interests. Ensuring that your contracts grant your business surface, mineral, or other leasing rights while protecting you in any potential litigation requires the work of a seasoned oil and gas attorney. Choosing the right counsel to help you through the process can make all the difference. When your financial outlook relies on the quality of your legal counsel, you can't afford anything less than experienced advice.
At Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, our lawyers are experienced, dedicated legal allies to property owners, oil and gas operators, contractors, and other entities who depend on proven counsel to guide them efficiently through disputes and issues common to the oil and gas sector. Our lawyers have achieved a track record of success, and a reputation for exceeding expectations.
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Because oil and gas extraction is an extremely technical process, contracts are often very complex, requiring a thorough review by an experienced lawyer. Property owners in particular may not understand the rights they are granting to companies, so obtaining qualified legal counsel to explain rights and obligations is especially important.
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We know both sides in any legal agreement are better off when there is a clear understanding of the terms and how each party stands to benefit. We work to ensure that the terms of any oil and gas contract are not only clear between the parties, but also as favorable to our clients as possible-providing them maximum long-term financial benefit with minimal legal risk.
Given the significant financial interests involved in any oil and gas transaction, it is inevitable disagreements among landowners, drilling operators, and suppliers will sometimes result in formal legal action. While our firm works to minimize our clients' exposure to litigation, we also understand events-sometimes out of the control of both parties-can lead to legal disputes.
Having an aggressive, well-seasoned litigation strategy from day one can mean successfully resolving a disagreement that would otherwise require the parties to spend unwanted time, money and other resources.
Oil and gas contracts typically contain many provisions relating to specific aspects of the drilling and transportation process. These can include guarantees for environmental protections, restoration of land once drilling activities have terminated and distribution of royalties. Any of these can become the center of disputes between parties in a contract. We handle contracts involving workovers, production agreements, service contracts, and joint ventures.
To favorably resolve disputes, a lawyer must have experience interpreting and arguing the language of oil and gas contracts from both sides of a case. We have represented clients from all areas of the state's oil and gas industry. We understand the lay of the land, and we can immediately begin developing arguments in a client's favor thanks to our familiarity with this area of practice.
As with any other area of business law, contract litigation is seldom the only option available to parties seeking to resolve disputes. In fact, many oil and gas contracts contain provisions that allow for mediation in the event of a disagreement or require parties to submit to binding arbitration. This means your legal counsel should be equally capable of advocating in these alternative dispute resolution processes and arguing in court before a judge and jury.
Our attorneys offer decades of combined experience resolving legal claims through litigation, arbitration, and mediation. While many of the same advocacy techniques apply in all situations, only an experienced arbitration or mediation attorney understands firsthand how these processes unfold and how they can be used to a client's advantage. This is especially important in the case of arbitration, where parties have only one opportunity to present their case to an arbitrator, who makes a binding decision.
The oil and gas industry in Houston and Texas is big business, period. Our firm provides the legal counsel you need so that whichever side of a business transaction you are on, you reap the benefits of this important industry. If you wish to discuss your needs with a Houston oil and gas attorney, contact Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey today.