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Greg Binns is the Chair of Thompson & Knight’s Trial Oil & Gas Industry Group. He focuses his practice on complex litigation, with an emphasis on disputes involving oil, gas, and other energy-related matters. His energy clients include major oil and gas companies, independents, midstream companies, lessees, and various oil and gas interest owners. His practice involves disputes covering all aspects of the energy industry, including allocation wells, title issues, joint operating agreements, farmouts, DrillCo transactions, exploration and production activities, and sales transactions. Greg’s practice also includes representation of clients in commercial and real estate litigation. He represents clients in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. He has represented clients in matters pending or involving transactions in multiple states and countries, including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia, California, Colorado, and Australia.

Received a national first-tier ranking for Commercial Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Recognized as one of the top firms in the United States for Energy Litigation – Oil and Gas by The Legal 500 US 2019

  • Represented oil and gas company in litigation regarding area of mutual interest involving assets valued at over $400 million and obtained summary judgment on all claims
  • Represented oil and gas company in well trespass matter involving over 200 parties and claimed damages in excess of $27 million
  • Represented oil and gas company in litigation regarding alleged right of first refusal associated with acreage dedication
  • Represented oil and gas company in multiple cases involving allocation wells
  • Represented oil and gas company in title dispute involving multiple claimants and ancillary proceedings before administrative agency and in non-forum state
  • Represented working interest owners in litigation seeking damages for washout of oil and gas well
  • Represented operator in arbitration related to joint operating agreement dispute
  • Represented oil and gas company in multi-party title dispute involving lease valued in excess of $10 million; obtained dismissal of claims
  • Represented operator in litigation regarding surface use and water rights issues
  • Represented the purchaser of a major oil and gas company in multiple arbitration proceedings regarding alleged breaches of the covenants, representations, and warranties contained in a PSA
  • Represented midstream company in connection with dedicated acreage dispute
  • Represented oil and gas company in multiple lawsuits related to leases, participation agreements, and exploration activities
  • Represented oil and gas company in lawsuit related to breach of farmout agreement and related transactions
  • Represented seller of oil and gas assets in arbitration related to title defect and environmental claims
  • Represented several oil and gas companies in lease termination and paying quantities disputes
  • Represented drilling company in arbitration proceeding related to breach of contract and performance claims
  • Represented major agricultural company in claims involving alleged compromise of email system and related claims
  • Represented a physicians’ group in an adjudicatory proceeding brought by the Federal Trade Commission, alleging price fixing
  • Represented major manufacturer in case involving termination of sales representative
  • Represented services company in litigation involving outsourcing dispute and related foreign proceeding
  • Represented partners in partnership dissolution dispute
  • Represented seller of company against fraud and breach of contract claims related to sale transaction
  • Represented lender in multiple disputes regarding real estate loan and associated guaranty and construction matters
  • Represented oil and gas company in claims related to marketing and sale of its leasehold interests
  • Represented landlords in multiple cases involving breaches of leases and associated claims
  • Represented major airline in a contract and fraud action concerning a frequent flyer program
  • Represented lender in connection with multi-party case involving dispute regarding ownership of collateral
  • Represented a major contractor in a multi-million-dollar construction defect case concerning water intrusion at a multifamily complex and the alleged resulting structural damage

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • Recommended Attorney, The Legal 500 US by Legalese (Industry Focus: Energy: Litigation), 2016-2017, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Commercial Litigation), 2018-2020
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation), 2005, 2008-2015
  • Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine, 2006

Memberships/Affiliations

Civic
  • Member, Dallas-Fort Worth Native American Chamber of Commerce; Director, 2008-2010
  • President, Armstrong Dad’s Club, 2015-2016
Professional
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Board of Directors, 2011-2019
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law Section
  • Member, Thompson & Knight Management Committee
  • Chair, Thompson & Knight Trial Oil & Gas Industry Group

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 2000, Washington University School of Law
  • M.B.A., 2000, Washington University
  • B.A., 1996, DePauw University

Admissions

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