Exploration and Production
Consolidation of major and independent operators spurred by need to reduce costs . . . rising rig insurance costs . . . U.S. E&P companies struggling with controversy over access to federal lands . . . improving efficiency with advances such as 4-D seismic and intelligent well completion technology.
Many of the early clients of Fulbright & Jaworski in the 1930s were independent oil and gas producers. Today, E&P companies turn to us for everything from structuring joint ventures for deepwater development to litigating disputes over production sharing agreements to federal regulatory and environmental matters.
Protecting data and ideas. We also help protect assets such as seismic data and trade secrets with tools such as:
- Secrecy programs
- Confidentiality agreements
Proactive regulatory help. We assist with complex regulations, such as access issues and collection of royalties on federal production. In fact, Fulbright lawyers were lead counsel in overturning crude oil royalty regulations and challenging natural gas royalty issues.
Help when disaster strikes. With one of the nation's leading litigation practices, we're experienced in responding quickly to incidents involving injury, death, property damage or production delays.
Help offshore. Our highly ranked maritime practice is especially knowledgeable in matters involving production-delay and production-damage litigation, subrogated claims and torts claims.
Fulbright also offers help in niche areas such as tax-advantaged financing of vessels and offshore facilities.