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, environmental legacy cases, decommissioning, orphan wells, royalty litigation and other claims arising from production, transportation, and handling of hydrocarbons and from doing business in Louisiana.
Jamie has worked closely with experts in the areas of hydrogeology, geology, environmental risk assessment, human risk assessment 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 title examinations on property in both North and South Louisiana, including preparing both drillsite and division order title opinions.
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.