Texas Oil & Gas Dispute Attorney Serving the Greater Houston Area

In Texas and around the world, oil and gas is big business. When dealing with a resource that is limited in nature and as highly valuable as oil is, companies are often willing to use every option at their disposal to obtain it. Therefore, it is no surprise that oil and gas disputes often arise among businesses, owners of mineral rights, and other parties involved in the industry. The conflicts that occur are many and varied and include disputes concerning:

  • Antitrust claims
  • Exploration and production
  • Explosions
  • Fires
  • Oil and chemical spills
  • Product and service contract disputes
  • Property damage
  • Royalties

Oil and gas disputes often entail complex details and unique legal issues that only an experienced oil and gas disputes lawyer is able to competently handle. At Chandler, Mathis, & Zivley, our lawyers have extensive knowledge of contract and property law, both of which are routinely involved in oil and gas dispute cases. We can represent you or your company in oil and gas royalty cases in which there are contract disputes and/or allegations of fraud and misrepresentation.

There are several methods of settling oil and gas disputes and our attorneys are adept at executing all of them. Such disputes can be handled by one of the following means.


Arbitration is the most common means to resolve a dispute because this arrangement is less expensive and more expedient than litigation. During arbitration, the court typically chooses the arbitrator by issuing a list of possible candidates to both parties. Each party has the ability to object to individuals found unacceptable, after which the court assigns a neutral, disinterested arbitrator to the case. This process offers both parties more control than they would have in a court of law. In addition, arbitration has the advantage of keeping the dispute more confidential than a court proceeding would.


Both parties in the dispute typically try to avoid litigation which is much more costly and time-consuming than arbitration. Litigation is, of course, also more adversarial, more likely to result in a winner and loser than in two satisfied parties.

Expert Determination

A less frequently used means of dispute settlement is expert determination. Although similar to arbitration, expert determination is usually limited to the resolution of specific issues of fact. In such cases, the decision-maker is an expert in a very particular area who is hired to target and decide a precise issue. In cases of expert determination, the decision-maker does not make binding determinations of law, decide liability or award damages. In cases in which expert determination is appropriate, however, a great deal of time and money can be saved by everyone involved.

At Chandler, Mathis, & Zivley, we are well-prepared to assist you in oil and gas disputes and dedicated to resolving conflicts to your benefit.

Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC has offices located in Houston and Lufkin Texas and serves clients throughout East Texas as well as many other states.
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