April 2020 Newsletter – Best Practices When Declaring Force Majeure

There have been a lot of articles written recently on how force majeure clauses are interpreted and their invocation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of our favorites.  Force Majeure and the Doctrine of Frustration (Paul Hastings) Evaluating Your Force Majeure Clause under Covid-19 (Jenner Block) Dispute Resolution Procedures under Force Majeure (Wilmer Hale) Force Majeure Contracts in Texas (Akerman) Although the ability to declare force majeure is based on the specific terms of the contract at… Read More

February 2020 Newsletter – Outsourced General Counsel Services

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Outsourced General Counsel Services Running a small business is a never-ending parade of obstacles, tasks, and challenges that need to be surmounted.  Add in the complexity and nuance of legal issues facing a competitive, highly-regulated industry and there is more than enough worry to keep a CEO or manager up at night.  Large companies typically hire a general counsel for this very reason – executives know exactly who to call when faced… Read More

Exciting news from RR&A – Introducing Raymond “Ray” Hafner

We’re pleased to announce a new addition to our firm. Raymond “Ray” Hafner joined our firm this month in the position of Of Counsel and starting January 1, 2020, he will hold the position of Senior Associate. Ray received his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law in May 2009. Before that he graduated from the University of Houston Honors College in 2005. Ray has spent the past decade providing clients in the energy business with innovative and… Read More

December 2019 Newsletter – Case Update

Is Your Day Rate Worker Actually a Salaried Employee?  New Case Update: Faludi v. US Shale Solutions, LLC By: Rachel Reese & Miranda Caballero Quick Summary In a recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which governs the states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, Jeff Faludi was found to be a salaried employee, subject to the highly compensated employee exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and therefore not entitled to overtime compensation even though he was employed under… Read More

Rachel Reese Highlights Lease Negotiation Best Practices in Series of Speaking Engagements

The push and pull between mineral rights owners and production companies in the oil patch has only increased with the unprecedented production volume coming out of the Permian Basin. Indeed, in the Permian Basin last year, billions in transactions took place transferring mineral leasehold interests. With so much potential revenue on the line and generations of knowledge regarding lease contract negotiations, mineral owners are becoming increasingly sophisticated about the lease negotiation process. Whether it’s a Producers 88 with a raft… Read More

Rachel Reese Presents to Houston Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education

Rachel Reese presented to the Houston Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education on Friday, May 3, 2019. With leasing back in full swing in some of the more prolific areas of Texas, more and more mineral interest owners are insisting upon custom lease forms rather than using a Producers 88. As Texas jurisprudence struggles to keep up with the realities of modern oilfield practices, these lease forms get more and more complex. Rachels presentation provides an overview of these custom provisions,… Read More

R. Reese & Associates Celebrates Anniversary

At R. Reese & Associates, we work hard and stay focused on looking forward rather than looking back. But we can’t help but take a moment to pause and consider our firm’s whirlwind first year. We started this firm with an idea to create a new model for building relationships between E&P companies and law firms. After all, anyone with experience knows there is no one-size-fits-all model when you’re talking about domestic producers, which today range from the largest multinationals… Read More

Texas Supreme Court Interprets “Into the Pipeline” with Regard to Post-Production Costs

New Case Update: Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. LP v. Texas Crude Energy, LLC By Rachel Reese & Miranda Caballero Quick Summary In a 9-0 opinion, delivered on March 1, 2019, the Texas Supreme Court in Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP v. Texas Crude Energy, LLC (“Burlington”) equated the lease language on royalties delivered “into the pipeline” with “at the well” effectively expanding its previous jurisprudence on the deductibility of post-production costs from a royalty stream. In-Depth… Read More

Rachel Reese Speaks to Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers

Rachel Reese spoke to the Houston Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers on Thursday, February 21, 2019. With leasing back in full swing in some of the more prolific areas of Texas, more and more mineral interest owners are insisting upon custom lease forms rather than using a Producers 88. As Texas jurisprudence struggles to keep up with the realities of modern oilfield practices, these lease forms get more and more complex. Rachels presentation provides an overview of… Read More