Attorneys in the Energy Section are involved in practically every phase of the law related to natural resources and energy. The practice involves advising clients, negotiating and documenting transactions, examining land and mineral titles and representing clients before regulatory agencies, not only in connection with traditional oil and gas matters but also with respect to electric production, transportation and consumer issues in the newly deregulated electric market in Texas. The Section represents a wide variety of clients in the energy business, including major oil companies, natural gas pipelines, electric transmission and distribution utilities, independent power producers, independent oil and gas operators, individual landowners and industrial and commercial consumers of oil, gas and electricity.

Attorneys in the Section are involved in title examinations; the negotiation and preparation of agreements dealing with exploration and development of oil, gas, uranium and other natural resources; the negotiation and preparation of natural gas purchase, transportation and exchange agreements; and financing transactions secured by oil and gas interests. Attorneys represent the interests of landowners in negotiating leases and other agreements with oil and gas operators and enforcing such leases and agreements if necessary. Much of the significant litigation handled by the firm is energy and land title related. In those types of cases, members of this group usually take an active role in assisting the members of the Litigation Section.

Attorneys are also involved in representing electric utilities in administrative matters before State and local agencies, advising and negotiating electric power purchase contracts on behalf of industrial and commercial electric energy consumers, and assisting energy and electric transmission companies in negotiating contracts. Our attorneys also assist clients in land acquisitions and easements by negotiation or condemnation for the construction of electric energy (electric and petroleum products) transmission, distribution and generation facilities, and advising and negotiating electric power purchase contracts on behalf of industrial and commercial electric energy consumers.