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Daniel Rodriguez
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77002

Overview

Daniel is an oil and gas litigator practicing in the firm’s Houston office. 

Prior to joining the firm, Daniel served as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Andrew Edison of the United States District Court.  Having researched and drafted numerous opinions for Judge Edison, Daniel has developed excellent legal research and writing skills, which are imperative in developing strong legal arguments and communicating them effectively.  Daniel also held several prestigious internships with well-known organizations including Halliburton Energy Services, the Texas Supreme Court, the Elliot Law Firm, and the Lanier Law Firm.  Daniel received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Baylor Law School and was recognized as the number one student in his area of study. 

Experience

Daniel’s recent experience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Drafting pleadings for a wrongful death case in the downstream oil and gas industry
  • Providing professional opinions on the interpretation of royalty clauses in numerous oil and gas leases
  • Conducting research and providing analysis on a variety legal issues including:
    • Procedural and jurisdictional requirements in appealing disputes with BSEE from the IBLA to Federal Court
    • Decommissioning obligations of offshore operators
    • Legal implications of paying royalties to the wrong royalty interest owner after the death of the original royalty interest owner
    • How to secure a transfer of a case from one court to another when the plaintiff filed the case in a court that had no genuine connection to the underlying lawsuit
    • How to secure the application of the law of another state in a Texas district court when the events that gave rise to the lawsuit occurred in another state
    • The notice that a royalty interest owner must provide the mineral rights lessee that a default has occurred before having the authority to terminate an oil and gas lease

Involvement

Professional

  • Federalist Society, 2017–2020
  • Christian Legal Society, 2016–2019
  • Public Interest Legal Society, 2016–2019

Community

  • Member of Dwelling Place Church

Recognition

  • Dean’s Academic Excellence Full-Tuition Scholarship Recipient, 2016–2019
  • Baylor Intellectual Property Law Award, 2019
  • Order of Barristers, 2017, for excellence in moot court
  • Dean’s List (Six Times), 2017–2019
  • Earned the High-A in Electronic Commerce, Legal Analysis Research & Communication, Intellectual Property, Patent Law, and Trademark Practice & Disputes 

After Hours

"I am all about living in constant pursuit of growth in body, mind, and spirit.  As a result, when I’m not at work, you can find me running, lifting weights, spending time with family, and reading books about faith, psychology, history, politics, and nutrition."

"One of my dreams growing up was to play in the NFL. Nevertheless, my football career ended after playing for the Texas Longhorns in undergrad.  Although I never quite made it to the NFL, my football career taught me so much about how to have the confident and competitive attitude that it takes to be an excellent attorney and win in litigation."