Oil & Gas Practice Area

Dupuis & Polozola’s oil and gas practice includes all areas of oil, gas and mineral law, with a particular emphasis on representation of energy companies. Our valued clients on both transactional and litigation matters include a wide range of small operators, large independents and major global E&P companies. Our clients have the firm’s commitment to unparalleled preparation and expertise in all legal matters and at all touchpoints.

Oil and Gas Transactional

The firm’s transactional practice includes title examination; the negotiation and drafting of various oil and gas related contracts, conveyances and agreements; due diligence projects; regulatory matters; and providing general counsel to landmen and in-house attorneys in connection with all phases of onshore exploration and production.

Title examination:

  • Drillsite Title Opinions
  • Supplemental Title Opinions
  • Division Order Title Opinions
  • Leasehold Acquisition Title Opinions
  • Limited Title Letter Opinions
  • Rendering stand-up title opinions in several states
  • Opinions covering onshore and offshore state and federal lands

Negotiation and drafting of contracts used in connection with oil and gas exploration and development:

  • Oil, gas and mineral leases
  • Pooling and unitization agreements
  • Ratification agreements
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Farmout agreements
  • Joint operating agreements
  • Master service agreements
  • Easements and rights-of-way
  • Salt water disposal agreements
  • Surface use and surface damage agreements

Due diligence:

  • Oil and gas property acquisition and divestiture
  • Leasehold and acquisition title opinions
  • Surface ownership letter opinions

Representation:

Regulatory matters before the Louisiana Office of Conservation and State Mineral and Energy Board

Oil and Gas Ligitation

The firm’s litigation experience includes representing E&P companies, energy and utility companies, service companies, various corporate entities, and individuals in matters related to oil, gas and mineral production, environmental compliance, property disputes, and other related matters.

Litigation expertise:

  • Title and property disputes, including ownership of royalties, minerals, and surface rights
  • Disputes arising out of interpretation of oil and gas leases
  • Boundary disputes
  • Environmental and toxic tort
  • Contract and deed construction
  • Receiverships and interpleader actions