Robert D. Woods

713.632.8074 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Robert focuses his practice on complex disputes in the oil and gas industry. Combining substantial litigation experience and substantive industry knowledge, he regularly handles royalty, lease termination, subsurface trespass, JOA, processing/gathering agreements, environmental contamination, surface use, and similar issues in a variety of jurisdictions, including Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, and the Gulf of Mexico. Robert has presented opening statements, cross-examined witnesses, taken and defended numerous depositions, and negotiated favorable settlements in dozens of oil and gas cases. He also provides clients with in-depth counsel to help them avoid disputes before they arise.

Robert is recognized in energy and natural resource litigation as a Chambers USA "Associate to Watch" and as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. He also is named "One to Watch" in Commercial Litigation and Oil & Gas Law by Best Lawyers in America. Robert launched, a blog providing digestible and relevant commentary on oil and gas litigation and industry current events, and regularly publishes and presents on emerging issues in the oil and gas industry. Robert is also one of 40 professionals from around the country to be selected to the prestigious Institute for Energy Law 2nd Leadership Class for 2019-2020.

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.
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Education & Professional Background
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors, 2014
  • University of Texas, B.A., with Highest Honors, 2011 (Phi Beta Kappa, Eva S. Woods Unrestricted Presidential Scholarship)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2014; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2015