I help companies and individuals navigate disputes in the energy industry. I have successfully represented energy clients in all manner of disputes, including royalty lawsuits, title contests, disagreements between working interest owners, surface use conflicts, business divorce, personal injury, asset acquisition and divestiture, federal regulatory proceedings, and property tax challenges. I have advised clients with respect to energy issues in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Alaska.
Whether I am representing a publicly-traded multinational corporation or a small, privately-held business, I bring the same approach to each case. I understand that my clients are in the business of energy – not the business of litigation. My job as their lawyer is to thoughtfully analyze their legal situation and make practical recommendations for resolution. Often, the solution is short of the courtroom, but in some cases, trial is the best option. In either instance, my goal is always to provide representation that makes the most sense for my clients’ business goals.
In addition to maintaining a commercial litigation practice, I have represented pro bono clients in property disputes, property tax litigation, and internal investigations. I have also served as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Houston in municipal court, where I first-chaired multiple jury trials to verdict.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with an advertising degree, I worked as an operations analyst with the Royal Bank of Canada in Houston. I then went to the University of Houston Law Center, from which I graduated summa cum laude and where I served as a member of the Houston Law Review. From law school I joined the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where I practiced for close to nine years in the firm’s complex commercial litigation section. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons, fishing, reading, and cheering on UT and Houston sports teams.