From straightforward claims to the most complicated issues of first impression in oil and gas law, Alston & Bird’s Oil & Gas Litigation Team has the right experience and comprehensive knowledge to handle virtually any size or kind of oil and gas dispute. We represent upstream oil and gas companies in contract disputes, royalty litigation, lease termination and title suits, surface disputes, and other complex regulatory litigation. And we represent midstream oil and gas companies in environmental litigation and enforcement cases and land use disputes.
We know the ins and outs of oil and gas leases and industry contracts. With price uncertainty and instability reaching levels not seen since the 1980s, claims for failure to produce in paying quantities (PPQ), total cessations in production, and failure to comply with continuous drilling/continuous development obligations will put many billions of dollars in leasehold at risk over the next few years. Our team has achieved major wins for clients as both plaintiffs and defendants, including two of the most significant lease termination cases decided by the Texas Supreme Court. We are entrenched in PPQ doctrine and how the law has evolved so that we can appropriately bring, defend, litigate, and resolve all manner of lease disputes for you.
For upstream and midstream clients facing environmental litigation, we have defended cases at both the trial and appellate levels involving property damage and personal injury and toxic tort claims across the country. Our team has handled precedent-setting cases across the oil and gas supply chain, including serving as lead trial counsel in a lawsuit challenging the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, and we have defended clients facing enforcement actions from environmental agencies and citizen suits from well-funded and well-organized NGOs.
Beyond active litigation, we advise clients on often-complicated contract and title questions and provide candid advice about the strength of potential claims and how to best defend or advance your claim should you end up in an oil and gas dispute.