Conrad Hester

Conrad Hester

  • 817.347.1710
    214.999.1692
  • 214.969.1700
    214.969.1751
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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    777 Main Street, Suite 3300
    Fort Worth, TX 76102 USA
    817.347.1710
    214.999.1692
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Conrad Hester focuses his practice on oil and gas litigation. His expertise includes contract disputes, royalty litigation, lease termination and title suits, surface access, and surface damages disputes. Additionally, he has experience drafting and negotiating leases, deeds, and exploration, production, and operational agreements. Conrad also represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters.

Conrad is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Experience

  • Represented an international oil and gas company in a lease termination case regarding a multi-million-dollar oil and gas lease; secured a jury finding that the lease produced in paying quantities, and prevailed on appeal at Texas Supreme Court
  • Representing a large Texas-based operator in a series of allocation well cases
  • Representing a salt water disposal operator in fraud and contract case against a pipe supplier
  • Representing a land-centered E&P company in a series of title and lease maintenance disputes
  • Served as lead counsel for an international publicly traded oil and gas company in defending a surface damage and royalty lawsuit and obtained order for complete dismissal and full payment of attorney fees from the plaintiff
  • Represented an international oil and gas company in a pending title dispute involving washout of overriding royalty interests and indemnification issues
  • Represented an international oil and gas company in a defense of trespass to try title suit and obtained full ratification of lease and dismissal of suit from the plaintiff
  • Represented an international oil and gas company in a surface access dispute and obtained full permanent injunctive relief requested
  • Represented an international oil and gas company in lease termination case regarding a multi-million dollar oil and gas lease, secured a jury finding that the lease produced in paying quantities, and prevailed in appeal of supersedeas bond
  • Served as lead counsel for an energy corporation in a series of lawsuits against non-operators for breaches of agreements
  • Represented a diversified energy company and obtained  favorable settlement in royalty underpayment suit

Distinctions/Honors

  • "Under 40 Hot List," Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys; 2018
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation); 2017-2018
  • “Top Attorneys” (Oil & Gas, Civil Law & Litigation) by Fort Worth, Texas magazine; 2017-2018

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Chair, 2019 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, ADAM Energy Fort Worth
  • Member, Fort Worth Wildcatters
  • Member, Young Professionals in Energy
  • Member, Fort Worth Petroleum Club
  • Member, Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Lease and Title Analysts (DFW-ALTA)
  • Member, Pro Bono College of Texas, 2010-2017
  • Member, State Bar of Texas