Oil & Gas / Energy Transactions & Title Examination

McGinnis Lochridge routinely assists clients in drafting and negotiating a multitude of commercial and operational agreements. These transactional documents are integral to our clients' success, typically involve unique deal points, and often involve complex and lengthy structures. We have the experience, industry knowledge, and skill necessary to effectively and efficiently structure, draft and negotiate these agreements.

Our transactional clients capitalize on our vast experience in Oil & Gas/Energy Litigation. Our attorneys draw not only upon real-world transactional experience as to what really matters in a deal, but our attorneys also draw upon litigation experience to understand what can go wrong, and how best to mitigate the associated legal risks.

We regularly assist clients in:

  • Structuring, drafting and negotiating a multitude of agreements, ranging from short single-purpose agreements to complex, multi-faceted commercial agreements;
  • Negotiating, advising and reviewing standard form contracts such as JOAs, MSAs and leases;
  • Helping clients with farmout agreements, joint exploration and development agreements, participation agreements, assignments, surface and sub-surface use agreements; and
  • Drafting and negotiating addenda to form agreements addressing both changes in case law and changes in the industry and technology.

Additionally, we assist clients with the review of title documents and the preparation of drilling, supplemental, division order and acquisition title opinions.  Our attorneys have prepared opinions for both major publicly traded operators and independents in areas throughout the country including the Williston Basin and DJ Basin, Permian, Utica, Texas and the Gulf Coast.  Our goal is to effectively and economically assist clients with clearing title.  Additionally, we counsel clients on day to day operational matters as well as performing due diligence associated with acquisitions and divestitures.


  • Oil and gas leases
  • Joint venture, joint exploration, joint development, and participation agreements
  • Joint operating agreements
  • Farmout and farmin agreements
  • Areas of mutual interest agreements
  • Overriding royalties, net profits interests, and production payments
  • Pooling and untization agreements
  • Surface use agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Gas balancing agreements
  • Water rights, including agreements regarding supply and wastewater treatment and disposal agreements
  • Platform sharing agreements


  • Easement agreements including condemnation proceedings
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction agreements
  • Underground unitization and storage agreements for natural gas
  • Joint ownership agreements
  • Pipeline interconnection and operational balancing agreements


  • Master service agreements
  • Drilling and other well service agreements
  • Seismic agreements
  • Manufacturing and fabrication agreements
  • Equipment rental agreements
  • Reed v. Mills Ruling Featured in NALTA March 29, 2017 - Ian McNeill

  • Chris Halgren and Austin Brister Injection Well Article Featured in NODOA Newsletter March 20, 2017 - Chris Halgren - Austin Brister

  • Bruce Kramer Presenting at Texas A&M 2017 Energy Law Symposium March 8, 2017 - Bruce Kramer

  • Speaker, Royalty Calculations: Analyzing Royalty Clauses and an Update on Recent Case Law, Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts, Houston, TX November 17, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Speaker, COPAS Accounting Procedure, and Legal and Practical Considerations, Oil & Gas Joint Operations And The New APPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Operating Agreement, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, Texas November 4, 2016 - Jonathan Baughman

  • Panelist, View from the Bench, 15th Annual Energy Litigation Conference, Institute for Energy Law, Houston, Texas November 3, 2016 - Jonathan Baughman

  • Presenter, Regulatory Update, State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas September 30, 2016 - Tim George

  • Speaker, Production in Paying Qualities and Keeping the Lease, HAPL 7th Annual Shale Play Seminar, Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Houston, Texas September 28, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Co-Author, The Law of Oil and Gas, University Casebook Series, Foundation Press, 10th Edition June 10, 2016 - Bruce Kramer

  • Presenter, Primer and Update on Gas Royalty Calculation Litigation, NALTA Annual Meeting, National Association of Lease and Title Analyst, Atlanta, Georgia September 22, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Presenter, Texas NPRI’s, NADOA 43rd Annual Institute, National Association of Division Order Analysts, Scottsdale, Arizona September 8-9, 2016 - Austin Brister

  • Presenter, Royalty Litigation, 29th Annual Energy Law Institute, The Center for American and International Law, Houston, Texas September 30, 2016 - Chris Halgren