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Rory P. Hatch

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Rory Hatch is an associate in the firm’s Houston office and is a member of our oil, gas & resources practice group. His practice covers a variety of energy litigation matters, property rights disputes, and eminent domain. Mr. Hatch also has general commercial litigation experience in cases involving business torts, defamation and newsgathering issues, personal injury claims, and post-judgment issues, including appeals.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hatch was a litigation associate in the Houston office of national law firm. He also clerked for the Honorable Harvey Brown in the Texas First Court of Appeals.

During law school, Mr. Hatch was invited to join U.T. Law’s prestigious Supreme Court Clinic, which assists in representing clients before the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also an articles editor for The Review of Litigation and a judicial intern for the Honorable Lee Yeakel in the Western District of Texas.


  • University of Texas School of Law - Endowed Presidential Scholar

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • International Right-of-Way Association
  • Garland R. Walker Inn of Court
  • Houston Christian Legal Society (treasurer)

Additional Information


  • Into Thin Air: The Clean Air Act and Unconstitutional Taking by Preemption of State Common Law, 33 Review of Litigation 711
  • Represented a mining company in a lawsuit involving allegations that blasting at the mine damaged a nearby oil well
  • Represented a common-carrier railroad in eminent domain litigation with landowners and more than fifty restrictive covenant holders
  • Represented a pipeline company in obtaining summary judgment on claims involving the interpretation of easement terms from the early 20th century
  • Represented news media defendants in obtaining dismissal of several defamation lawsuits under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, commonly known as the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute
  • Represented a common-carrier pipeline in a high-value eminent domain appeal before a Texas intermediate appellate court
  • Represented multiple free-press interest groups as amici curae in a defamation appeal before the Supreme Court of Texas