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Robert D. Woods


Robert Woods is noted for his impressive oil and gas litigation which covers royalty class actions, nuisance claims and disputes arising from breach of supply contracts. Chambers reports say “Robert Woods is very knowledgeable about oil and gas law.”

Chambers USA

America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Robert is an accomplished litigator who specializes in high-stakes disputes in the oil and gas industry. With a deep understanding of the industry and extensive experience in complex litigation, he handles royalty, lease termination, subsurface trespass, JOA, processing/gathering agreements, environmental contamination, surface use, and similar cases across the country.

Robert has presented opening statements as well as presented and cross-examined witnesses in significant trials and arbitrations. He also combines his trial experience with strategic counsel to help clients find solutions outside the courtroom or avoid disputes before they arise.

Recognized as “Up and Coming” in nationwide oil and gas litigation by Chambers USA and a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, Robert is also named “One to Watch” in Commercial Litigation and Oil & Gas Law by Best Lawyers in America. He is a sought-after speaker and author on legal issues affecting the oil and gas business, regularly publishing and presenting on emerging issues in the industry.

Robert is a member of the prestigious Institute for Energy Law’s 2nd Leadership Class for 2019-2020, one of only 40 professionals selected from around the country.

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Representative Experience

  • Sierra Frac Sand v. CDE Global (E.D. Tex.) Secured dismissal for forum non conveniens of a multi-million fraud and breach of contract lawsuit arising out of the sale of sand processing equipment.
  • Briggs v. Southwestern Energy (Pennsylvania Supreme Court) Assisted client in coordinating briefing in landmark appeal of subsurface trespass issues in the Marcellus Shale, including amici.
  • Chieftain Royalty v. Newfield (E.D. Okla) Defending operator against a putative class action alleging underpayment of interest on oil and gas proceeds.
  • Apollo v. Apache (Midland County, Texas) Secured no evidence summary judgment on the eve of trial for operator against alleged multi-hundred million dollar claims under purchase and sale agreements and joint operating agreements related to carried interests and alleged failure to preserve leasehold.
  • Confidential Client. Secured a favorable settlement for an overriding royalty interest owner related to the deduction of post-production costs in Oklahoma.
  • Confidential Client. Secured favorable settlement in multi-million-dollar trespass to try title dispute in South Texas regarding retained acreage after summary judgment briefing.
  • Silverbow Resources v. Regency (McMullen County, Texas) Secured summary judgment on the eve of trial against an adjacent operator’s alleged $200 million subsurface trespass and nuisance lawsuit arising from underground disposal of sour gas.
  • Sanchez v. Noble Energy. Secured dismissal for forum non conveniens of a high-profile nuisance and personal injury lawsuit brought against Noble Energy in Texas state court.
  • Smith v. Southwestern Energy (E.D. Arkansas) Part of a team that secured a full defense jury verdict in a two-week $300 million trial of a royalty underpayment class action related to an affiliate midstream contract.
  • RSM Production v. Noble Energy (S.D. Texas) Secured dismissal of an application for foreign discovery related to a natural gas project in Israel.
  • Eagle Ford Royalty Cases. Representation and settlement of over a dozen royalty claims at all stages of litigation in various South Texas jurisdictions.
  • Numerous advisory matters relating to joint operating agreements, subsurface trespass, gas gathering/processing contracts, offshore indemnity, and royalty payment issues in multiple jurisdictions.

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