In her oil and gas practice, Michelle represents major integrated oil and gas companies, privately-owned independents and equity investors in a wide range of matters including cases arising under operating agreements, lease termination disputes, royalty litigation, and complex title disputes. Michelle also provides pre-litigation counsel to her oil and gas clients, and advises on litigation risk for oil and gas transactions.
Additionally, during her time seconded to the commercial litigation group of one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, Michelle gained not only subject-matter experience, but unique insight into in-house counsel and business concerns, making her a more effective advocate for her clients.
Michelle takes a common-sense, business-oriented approach to each case whether it requires a strongly-negotiated settlement, or the aggressive defense or prosecution of her client's claims. Her experience continues to be recognized by clients and colleagues. Michelle was profiled as one of the leading Energy Litigation lawyers in the United States by U.S. Legal 500, Legalease (2016), and has been named to Benchmark Litigation's "Hot Under 40" List, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (2017-2018) and Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters (2016).
North Dakota, 2019
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2006, magna cum laude; Order of the Barons; Notes and Comments Editor, Houston Law Review
B.S., University of Houston, 2003, summa cum laude; Dean's list
Areas of Practice
- Energy Litigation
- Energy, Power and Natural Resources
- Oil and Gas
- Oil and Gas Litigation
Representing operator in title dispute pending in Upton County, Texas (2018).
Representing operator in lease termination and underpayment of royalty claims pending in Tarrant County, Texas (2018).
Representing non-operating working interest owner in partner dispute under Participation Agreement, pending in Dallas County, Texas (2018).
Representing operator against non-operating working interest owner for breach of Joint Operating Agreement, pending in Upton County, Texas (2018).
In the Second Judicial Circuit of West Virginia; Obtained summary judgment for international oil and gas company in complex title case affirming client’s title to mineral interests in Tyler, County West Virginia. (2016) Summary judgment was then affirmed by the Supreme Court of West Virginia. (2017)
In the District Court of Robertson County, Texas; Defense of international oil and gas company in area of mutual interest claim. (2017)
In the District Court of Harris County, Texas; Prosecuted breach of contract, fraudulent transfer, and related claims against various suppliers on behalf of international oil and gas services company. (2017)
Advised international oil and gas company regarding preferential rights issues, avoiding costly litigation. (2017)
Advised international oil and gas company regarding preferential rights issues in the context of proposed transaction. (2017)
In the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; Obtained summary judgment for oil and gas clients on area of mutual interest claim. (2016)
In the District Court of Harris County, Texas; Defense of international oil and gas company in dispute over alleged farmout brokerage agreement. (2016)
In the District Court for Arapahoe County, Colorado; Defense of producer in lease termination dispute. (2014)
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