Across the Energy Spectrum

Houston is home to the world’s oil and gas and petrochemical industries. DRH&R has extensive experience in representing these industries in all types of commercial disputes and in transactional work. The firm’s experience in the energy arena includes the entire spectrum of oil and gas and petrochemical technology and disputes, including trade secrets, contracts, royalty and title, operations, product failures, as well as construction, environmental and insurance issues. We have represented, and continue to represent, some of the largest public and private companies involved in the business of energy. Some of the specific matters we have handled in this area include:


  • Representation of large oil and gas company in arbitration with partners in an LPG plant located in Western Africa
  • Representation of oil and gas companies in disputes over offshore and onshore drilling and exploration operations
  • Representation of pipeline companies and surface owners in pipeline condemnation matters
  • Representation of operators and mineral interest owners in royalty and working interest accounting and other disputes
  • Representation of oil and gas companies in royalty and vendor contract disputes
  • Defense of oil field equipment manufacturer in product liability actions involving oil field accidents
  • Representation of a manufacturer of synthetic rubber in toxic tort chemical exposure cases and claims brought by a worker who was severely burned in an industrial accident
  • Prosecution of a breach of contract claim on behalf of a styrene manufacturer
  • Defense of an international trader of minerals in a breach of contract action
  • Prosecution of a breach of contract dispute to recover overriding royalty payments
  • Prosecution of claims on behalf of a petrochemical manufacturer involving ethylene furnace tube technology
  • Defense of a national oil company in a dispute over a turnkey drilling contract for a well drilled offshore Africa
  • Representation of a large local heat treating company regarding services performed for the oil and gas industry
  • Representation of a rig builder in construction and payment claims


  • Oil and gas business acquisitions and dispositions
  • Acquiring and selling oil and gas mineral and royalty interests
  • Negotiation, review and drafting of service agreements
  • General counsel for exploration and production companies
  • Representation of oil and gas companies in negotiating and drafting financing agreements
  • Negotiation, review and drafting of leases, operating agreements, farm-out agreements and other contracts
  • Negotiation, review and drafting of business contracts for petrochemical companies