Oil & Gas

Freeman Mills lawyers have the knowledge and experience to handle the entire range of litigation, transactional, and financing matters that arise in the oil and gas industry.

Title Examination

Freeman Mills provides title examination for exploration and production companies and midstream companies in several major plays in North America. In addition, Freeman Mills provides due diligence support and analysis in mergers and acquisitions.

Oil & Gas Litigation

Freeman Mills litigation practice includes representing clients in federal and state courts across Texas, and in arbitration proceedings. Freeman Mills litigators represent operators, midstream companies, working-interest owners, service companies, and others in lawsuits brought by royalty owners, surface estate owners, and others who target the energy industry in lawsuits.

The firm has defended claims against E&P and service companies for:

  • Underpayment of royalty
  • Breach of contract (joint operating agreements, farmout agreements, asset purchase agreements, etc.)
  • Disclosure of trade secrets
  • Breach of implied covenants to market and to develop
  • Lease terminations
  • Unreasonable surface estate damage
  • Environmental contamination

The firm also brings claims on behalf of E&P, midstream, service companies, and banks for:

  • Breach of contract
  • Formation and surface equipment damage
  • Disputes involving leases or other agreements with other E&P companies, mineral estate owners, and surface estate owners
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Condemnation
  • Collection and foreclosure

Oil & Gas Transactional Practice

Our transactional practice primarily involves the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas properties, midstream assets, and oil and gas service company assets. This includes drafting or revising various instruments including leases, unitization agreements, operating agreements, AMI agreements, farm-outs, assignments, surface use agreements, and easements. Our firm also has experience in eminent domain matters.

Pipeline Right of Way Acquisition and Eminent Domain

Freeman Mills assists its midstream clients in the acquisition of right of ways and, if necessary, the eminent domain process across Texas for natural gas or crude oil pipeline construction projects.