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Jeffrey C. King

Partner
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Jeffrey King is a partner in the firm’s Fort Worth office where he is a member of the oil, gas & resources practice group. He has tried many cases to jury verdicts as well as to the bench and before arbitration panels. Mr. King has represented a variety of clients in the energy industry, including oil and gas producers, gas marketing companies, pipeline companies, and natural gas liquids processing companies in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels in Texas, California, Kansas, Colorado, Ohio and Oklahoma, as well as before the Texas Supreme Court. He also has extensive experience in multi-district and class action litigation.

Professional Background

Mr. King was a long-time partner at K&L Gates and Hughes & Luce prior to leaving the Firm in 2011. After a seven (7) year absence as a shareholder in the Fort Worth office of a Texas law firm, he rejoined the Firm in 2018.

Achievements

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White Inc., 2007-2018
  • Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys, Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2010-2018
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who Professional of the Year, Oil and Gas Litigation, 2011
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2018
  • Who’s Who in Energy, Dallas Business Journal, 2012-2014, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014-2015, 2017

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. King is a frequent speaker and author on various oil and gas topics.

Speaking Engagements

  • Royalty Presentation, Texas Tech Law Review Energy Law Symposium (January 16, 2015)
  • Trends in Oil and Gas Litigation, Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (November, 13, 2014)
  • Recent Litigation and Court Cases Affecting Royalties, PDI National Oil and Gas Royalty Conference (November 3, 2014)
  • Up and Coming Trends in Oil and Gas, Fort Worth Annual Judicial Education Conference (September 9, 2014)
  • Litigation Update, Shale Plays Conference (Moderator) (September 5, 2014)
  • Fracking Litigation Panel, State Bar of Texas, Asian Pacific Interest Section (April 5, 2014)
  • Allegations of Groundwater Contamination Caused by Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation, Texas A&M Law Review 5th Annual Energy Symposium (March 20, 2014)
  • Recent Litigation and Court Cases Affecting Royalties, PDI National Oil and Gas Royalty Conference (October 22, 2013)
  • Texas and Oklahoma Law on Royalty Calculations Concerning Deductions, Professional Development Institute (October 21, 2013)
  • Litigation Update, Shale Plays Conference (Moderator) (June 7, 2013)
  • Selected Emerging and Re-Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Law, Texas Judiciary Conference/Texas Wesleyan Energy Symposium (January 11, 2011)
  • Land Use and Zoning: Production issues affected by urban sprawl, University of Houston Law Foundation Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course (January 23, 2004)
  • Hot Legal Topics Involving Marketing Obligations and Marketing Contracts Affecting Royalties, Professional Development Institute, National Oil and Gas Royalty Conference (January 2003)
  • Implied Covenants--What Are they? What Are the Future Considerations? University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course (January 2002)
  • Drafting Considerations for the Oil and Gas Lease, Professional Development Institute, National Oil and Gas Royalty Conference (January 2002)
  • Valuation for Royalty Determination Purposes, 29th Annual North American Petroleum Accounting Conference (January 2002)
  • Implied Covenants including the Implied Covenant to Market, University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course (January 2001)
  • Title to the Mineral Estate--It Is Not Cut & Dried!, Professional Development Institute, National Oil and Gas Royalty Conference (January 2001)
  • Current Legal Issues Affecting Royalties, 28th Annual North American Petroleum Accounting Conference (January 2001)
Publications
  • Co-Author, Oil and Gas Litigation Update 2018, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course 2018
  • Houston Court of Appeals Binds Pre-PSA Emails Created Binding Contract (October 24, 2017)
  • Co-Author, Trends in Oil and Gas Litigation, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course 2014
  • Co-Author, Factual Causation: The Missing Link in Hydraulic Fracture--Groundwater Contamination Litigation, 22 Duke University Environmental Law & Policy Forum 341, 2012
  • Selected Re-Emerging and Emerging Trends in Oil and Gas Law as a Result of Production from Shale Formations, 18 Texas Wesleyan Law Review, 2011
  • Co-Author, A Primer on Oil and Gas Law in the Marcellus Shale States, 4 Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy law 155 (2009)
  • Co-Author, When Does An Oil & Gas Lease Contain a Continuous Drilling Obligation, The Landman Magazine, 2008
  • The Compression of Natural Gas, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, 2006
  • Lower Natural Gas Prices Will Raise Difficult Questions, Fort Worth Business Press, 2005
  • Natural Gas Royalties, Texas Bar Journal, 2000
  • Natural Gas Royalties--Lessor vs. Lessee and the Implied Covenant to Market, Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal, Vol. 19, No.3, 2000
  • Title Defect Doesn’t Equal Lease Loss, authored with John B. Holden, Jr., North Texas Oil and Gas Newsletter, 1999

  • Defense of oil and gas producers in multi-district, class action and individual royalty litigation in Texas, Kansas, Ohio and Oklahoma.
  • Defense of oil and gas producers in ground water contamination litigation.
  • Defense of oil and gas producers in hydraulic fracturing cases.
  • Defense of oil and gas producers in multiple state and federal courts in several cases concerning crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids marketing.
  • Defense of oil and gas producers concerning the proper methods for the measurement of natural gas.
  • Defense/prosecution of joint operating agreement and participation agreement disputes concerning both on-shore and off-shore properties.
  • Defense of oil and gas producers concerning surface damages caused by drilling operations.
  • Defense of oil and gas producers concerning title issues.
  • Prosecution of inverse condemnation cases against municipalities for oil and gas mineral owners.
  • Defense of oil and gas producers in lease termination and failure to develop cases.
  • Prosecution of claims involving securities fraud concerning oil and gas investments.