Jamie Rhymes is an experienced energy and business lawyer helping oil and gas producers resolve their difficult disputes and sophisticated contract issues. For over 20 years, local, Louisiana independents and international majors have relied on Jamie's technical knowledge and practical approach to defend high-stakes oil and gas litigation, commercial litigation, environmental cases, decommissioning, orphan wells, coastal land-loss claims, citizen suit litigation, royalty litigation and other claims arising from business in Louisiana.
Jamie has worked closely with experts in the areas of hydrogeology, geology, environmental risk assessment, petroleum engineering, human risk assessment, coastal geomorphology and geochemistry as applied to environmental and energy litigation. In addition, he understands the complexities of title issues and their impact on oil and gas agreements, thanks to his experience preparing drillsite and division order title examinations on property in both North and South Louisiana.
Energy clients - often headquartered in Louisiana and Texas - seek Jamie's help with Louisiana's complex oil and gas industry regulations, oil and gas lease provisions and maintenance and other practical aspects of drilling for and producing oil and gas in the state. He has drafted and negotiated all manner of contracts and agreements, such as surface and subsurface leases, mineral leases, joint operating agreements, participation agreements, subleases, assignments of leases and overriding royalties. He has also handled long-term transportation agreements, NAESB contracts and other midstream contracts.