Energy & Natural Resources Litigation

Industry-Experienced, Nationally Respected: Energy Law Attorneys

The attorneys at Pierce & O’Neill, LLP are leaders in the field of energy and natural resources litigation. Offering substantial industry-specific knowledge and formidable trial and appellate experience, we are frequently retained by many of the energy industry’s leading participants. Attorneys Jesse Pierce and Jack O’Neill have each practiced law for more than 40 years, and each has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to serving clients in the energy sector.

Focused On Risk Reduction

We focus our advocacy and counsel on identifying and minimizing risk, aiming to protect our clients’ overall outlook with respect to all types of energy industry matters, including:

  • Lease terminations
  • Disputes among working interest owners
  • Defense of contamination and pollution claims
  • Oil and gas well blowouts
  • Royalty disputes
  • Annexation
  • Interpretation and enforcement of written instruments

Tailored Representation

In these and other matters, we tailor our advice to the client’s specific goals and resources, counseling clients as to what legal strategies are most likely to accomplish these goals. These strategies include negotiation, settlement and trial, among others. As trial lawyers who have tried many cases over our careers, we will never hesitate to take a case to court when it is in our clients’ best interests. The following cases are a small sample of our representative cases in this field.

  • Lead trial counsel for plaintiffs in highly publicized Key 1-11 gas well blowout case in Texas Panhandle, the largest blowout of a gas well in continental United States history, in which, following trial lasting over two months, jury returned one of the largest jury verdicts in the history of the county in which the case was tried, in favor or clients
  • Successful defense of alleged breach of an International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) drilling bid proposal and daywork drilling contract
  • Successful defense of alleged breach of agreement to purchase drilling rigs and top drives
  • Successful representation of plaintiff in settlement of litigation involving over $500 million in damages resulting from effort by defendant to terminate client’s royalty interest
  • Successful defense of claims of breach of contract, reformation, fraud and loss of oil and gas bonus payments
  • Successful defense by summary judgment of suit seeking declaratory judgment voiding leases in the Barnett Shale
  • Successful defense of series of lawsuits in Michigan alleging breach of contract and fraud stemming from nonpayment of oil and gas signing bonus
  • Successful defense of claims for breach of contract, failure to develop, declaratory judgment, suit to quiet title, conversion, and trespass by sub-surface intrusion
  • Successful defense of claims alleging breach of contract and breach of implied covenants, seeking cancellation of oil and gas leases
  • Successful defense of client in dispute involving the validity of competing oil and gas leases in Eagle Ford Shale

Nationally Recognized In Energy Law