Energy - Hydrocarbons

Energy - Hydrocarbons

Deep knowledge, strong instincts

The energy business faces a time of great challenge and risk. New technologies and rapidly changing regulatory requirements, security risks and environmental issues present an increasingly complex set of demands in balancing risk, cost and operational efficiencies. Sage advice and strong instincts are essential for a clear path forward.

Hall Maines Lugrin is grounded in the details and inner workings of the energy sector. From extraction to refining, our depth of technical expertise means that we can show the inner workings of a BOP to a jury, explain to a judge why operators contractually transfer certain risks and advise which delayed production calculation is accepted by courts for an unexpected shutdown. Our clients consistently rank us as one of the best law firms for insurance and commercial litigation because of our strong grasp of the industry coupled with our years of experience as trial lawyers.

We represent insurers, operators, companies and contractors in a variety of disputes, and are particularly adept at claims involving drilling of oil and gas wells, pipelines, refineries and the petrochemical business. We excel at advising whether blowout losses are covered by energy offshore wordings, resolving damage disputes involving transportation and processing of oil and gas, navigating tort claims arising from failed offshore installations and litigating complex business losses that result from energy investments and broken fiduciary duties.

We work tirelessly to represent the best interest of our clients and we are invested in their success. To us, this is not just our profession, but what passionately makes us tick.

Case Studies
  • Texas Oil Company Found Negligent When Dry Hole Drilled 600 Yards from Intended Target

    Two years after drilling a dry hole in a Louisiana lake to the tune of $4.3 million, a Texas oil company and its working interest owners discovered the well had been drilled in the wrong location—600 yards from the intended target. The oil company demanded arbitration against our client, who provided a consultant to supervise drilling, and against the company that drilled the well and the company that towed the drilling barge into position.

  • Defense Found Not Guilty in Breach of Oral Partnership Agreement

    A former investment banker accused our client of breaching an oral partnership agreement to identify and acquire oil and gas prospects and conspiring with a large private equity fund to misappropriate an opportunity to acquire an oil and gas company.

  • Bad BOP Parts Make a Good Insurance Recovery

    An oil and gas operator drilling a well in southeast Texas experienced a “kick” of flow coming back up the well to surface. The drilling crew timely activated the pipe rams of the blowout preventer, but it failed to hold pressure, and the kick rapidly became a massive above-ground blowout.