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Experience

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.

Named to Texas Rising Stars® 2017-2019 by Thomson Reuters

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

Named to the 2018 Under 40 Hot List by Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys

  • Represents clients in lease termination litigation, including total cessation, production in paying quantities, and retained acreage cases at all state levels including the Texas Supreme Court
  • Provides pre-dispute counseling on lease negotiation, acquisition, maintenance, and expiration
  • Represents clients in surface access and damages disputes, including injunctions, easements, salt water disposal, and water rights
  • Handles a variety of royalty disputes for payors and payees, including underpayment, post-production, overriding royalty, executive and non-participating royalty rights, and suspense issues
  • Represented a large Texas-based operator in a series of allocation well cases and counsels clients on allocation formula and production sharing agreement issues
  • Represents clients in mineral and leasehold title litigation
  • Advises clients on mineral deed and lease assignment interpretation and negotiation as well as other title issues, including title defect guidance, bona fide purchaser issues, cotenancy rights, trespass to real property, partition suits, and farmouts
  • Represents operators and non-operators in joint operating agreement litigation and advises on operational compliance
  • Represents companies in a variety of upstream and midstream breach of contract, indemnification, fraud, and related tort cases

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes), 2019
  • “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), 2017-2019
  • “Top Attorneys” (Oil & Gas) by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2017-2018

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

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 2008, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law; Senior Associate Editor, The Review of Litigation;  Mediation Tournament Champion; Board of Advocates
  • B.S., 2005, summa cum laude, Abilene Christian University; University Scholar; Presidential Scholar; Honors Program; Pope Fellow

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas

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