Oil & Gas Law

Smith & Johnson has an extensive history representing gas field service providers, working interest owners, major and independent producers as well as midstream and downstream companies. We have represented clients in coordinating transfers of royalty and working interests and have represented numerous individuals and corporate entities in the negotiation of oil and gas leases. Having represented nearly every aspect in the industry here in Northern Michigan from major producers to small land owners seeking to negotiate a fair lease, we are uniquely situated to represent our clients’ needs no matter how large or small the issue.

Smith & Johnson’s natural resources group assists clients in their possession and control of subsurface hydrocarbons, in accomplishing wealth accumulation and transfers consistent with individual, family values and goals in development of this nation’s energy needs; including, but not limited to, negotiating oil & gas leases; planning for the transition of same via exploration, drilling and development; family business, large or small; and, planning for the succession of royalty interests working in conjunction with our trust and estate group. We assist not only landowners, but also oil and gas companies, in the protection of their many legal rights to explore for, develop and produce the natural resources to accommodate the many energy and manufacturing needs of our nation.

Oil & Gas Law Areas of Service

  • Oil and Gas Leases
  • Surface and Subsurface Rights
  • Transfers of Royalty and Working Interests
  • Title Examination Services for Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources
  • Property Access Disputes
  • Condemnation and Restoration Disputes
  • Well-Site Performance Disputes
  • Contract Negotiation for Exploration Production and Transportation
  • Subsurface Mineral Leases
  • Master Service Agreements
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Royalty Agreements
  • Assignments of Interest
  • Exploration Agreements and Leasehold Acquisition Agreements
  • Equipment Sales Purchases and Leases
  • Oil Field Service Agreements
  • Forced Pooling
  • Dormant Minerals
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Correlative Rights and Division Orders

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