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Jana
Jana L. Grauberger
Shareholder, Houston
Managing Partner, Houston
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77002

Overview

Jana Grauberger is managing partner of the firm's Houston office and she serves as a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Jana is also the leader of the Houston oil and gas section, clients turn to her as a trusted advisor in connection with their contract negotiations, regulatory advice and appeals, litigation, and arbitration related to onshore and federal offshore upstream and midstream projects and facilities. Jana has represented clients in negotiating a wide variety of onshore and offshore contracts, including purchase and sale agreements, farmouts, participation agreements, joint operating agreements, production handling agreements, platform use agreements, gathering agreements, connection agreements, construction contracts, transportation contracts, and decommissioning agreements. She also represents clients in connection with regulatory matters involving Department of Interior agencies the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR).  Jana is a trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) and she co-chaired a RMMLF Federal Offshore Regulatory Enforcement seminar in Houston in January 2016.

As a litigator, she practices before state and federal district and appellate courts in Texas and Louisiana and has 20 years of experience representing clients in connection with a wide variety of oil and gas matters, including royalty litigation, complex and multi-contract disputes, indemnity litigation, construction, installation, and product warranty and damages disputes, and arbitration matters under American Arbitration Association (AAA) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules.  She also has handled dozens of appeals of BOEM, BSEE, and ONRR orders to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) concerning issues such as royalties, transportation deductions, supplemental bonding, and decommissioning of federal leases and pipeline right-of-ways (ROWs).

Prior to joining Liskow & Lewis, Jana was a law clerk to the Honorable Walter F. Marcus, Jr., Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana. Before attending law school, she worked as a television reporter for KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Experience

Clients appreciate Jana's personal touch on the matters she manages.  “I'm known for being hands-on and direct, which enables me and my team to quickly get to the heart of the matter.”  Her recent experience includes:

  • Drafted and negotiated construction and operational upstream and midstream contracts, including operating agreements, production handling agreements, platform use agreements, pipeline construction agreements, connection agreements, and gathering agreements for multiple deepwater Gulf of Mexico projects.

  • Advised oil and gas and pipeline companies with respect to assignment of onshore and offshore assets.

  • Drafted and negotiated operating agreement for onshore natural gas carbon dioxide separation facility.

  • Advised multiple oil and gas and pipeline companies in connection with bonding and decommissioning obligations for federal offshore leases and pipeline ROWs.

  • Represented companies in connection with BSEE decommissioning orders, including litigation between companies concerning liability for decommissioning costs and administrative appeals of supplemental bonding and decommissioning orders for leases, pipeline ROWs, and rights-of-use-and-easement (RUEs).

  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in connection with lawsuit involving interpretation of indemnity obligations in a pipeline assets purchase and sale agreement.

  • Arbitrated a series of warranty and construction claims in connection with a deepwater Gulf of Mexico floating production facility.

  • Represented multiple oil and gas companies in connection with warranty, construction, and installation claims involving deepwater Gulf of Mexico facilities and production equipment.

  • Drafted crude oil and gas gathering agreements and related contracts.

  • Represented multiple oil and gas and pipeline companies on day-to-day operational matters involving BOEM and BSEE, including qualification, general and supplemental bonding, assignments of leases and pipeline ROWs, responding to and administrative appeals of Incidents of Noncompliance (INCs), issues related to RUEs, unitization, Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR), Oil Spill Response Plans, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and responses.

  • Handled federal offshore royalty appeals of orders issued by ONRR to the IBLA and advised clients with respect to a wide variety of royalty issues.

Involvement

Professional

  • Houston, Louisiana State, Texas State, American and Federal Bar Associations – Member

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation – Trustee, Co-Chair of Federal Offshore Regulatory Enforcement Special Institute (2016), Co-Chair of Oil & Gas Program for 56th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (2010)

  • The Institute for Energy Law – Advisory Committee Member

Community

  • Women’s Energy Network of Houston (WEN) – President (2010); Charity Lunch (which raised $100,000 for Community Family Center's Los Niños Early Childhood Education Program), Chaired (2008), WEN National Task Force, Chaired (2015-2016)

Recognition

  • Named one of “Houston's 50 Most Influential Women” 2010 by Houston Woman Magazine

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Presentations

  • “Offshore Pipeline Issues,” Special Institute on Midstream Oil & Gas from the Upstream Perspective, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Houston, TX, 2018

  • “Setting the Legal Framework: Adjacent State Law as Surrogate Federal Law for the Outer Continental Shelf,” Short Course on Federal Oil & Gas Leasing and Development, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, New Orleans, LA, 2018

  • “Developing an Energy Network—Fuel for a Career,” Panelist, 2nd National Young Energy Professionals Law Conference, Institute for Energy Law, New Orleans, LA, 2018

  • “Responsibilities and Liability of the Parties,” Joint Oil & Gas Operations and the AAPL Form 2015 Model Form Operating Agreement, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK 2018

  • “Structuring Oil and Gas Joint Exploration, Development and Production Operations:  Contractual Joint Venture, LLC or LP,” Panelist, American Bar Association Business Law Section Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2017

  • “Navigating the New World of BSEE Estimated Decommissioning Costs and BOEM Financial Assurance,” Liskow & Lewis Lunch Forum, Houston, TX 2016 

  • “Federal Offshore Update,” Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Seminar, Houston, TX 2015 

  • “Update on Gulf of Mexico Leasing, Regulatory, and Enforcement,” 28th Annual Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, 2015 

  • “OCS Federal Lease Bonding Update,” Liskow & Lewis Breakfast Forum Series, Houston, TX, 2015 

  • “Federal Offshore Update,” Liskow & Lewis Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, Houston, TX, 2014

  • “Coastal and Offshore Gulf of Mexico Update,” 27th Annual Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, 2014 

  • “Current Land and Lease Disputes in Shale Plays,” Webinar, The Institute for Energy Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Committee, Houston, TX, 2014

  • “Regulatory Update,” Minimizing Risks in Upstream Oil and Gas Contract Management, American Leaders, Houston, TX, 2014 See Here

  • “Texas Oil & Gas Update,” Liskow & Lewis 2013 Energy Law Seminar, Houston, TX, 2013 See Here

  • “New Capacity Issues on the Outer Continental Shelf,” 1st Annual Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference, The Institute for Energy Law, Houston, TX, 2012 

  • “Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations in the Gulf of Mexico,” In-House Client Seminar, The Woodlands, TX, 2012 

  • “Doing Business in the Gulf of Mexico: Staying Current in a Changing Regulatory Environment,” Liskow & Lewis Breakfast Forum Series, Houston, TX, 2012

  • “Recent JOA Disputes and Liability Issues Between Operators and Non-Operators,” Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Seminar, Houston, TX, 2011

  • “Financial Security Under Joint Operating Agreements: Are We Falling Between Two Stools,” 24th Annual Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, 2011 

  • “Assignments & Conveyances,” Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section, Dallas, TX, 2010 

  • “Lessons Learned From Recent JOA Disputes,” Liskow & Lewis Louisiana Mineral Law Seminar, Houston, TX 2008

  • “Offshore Update,” HBA Oil and Gas Mineral Law Section Luncheon, Houston, TX 2008 

  • “Don't Get Stuck With the Check When It's Not Your Dinner: Indemnity and Insurance Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Oil and Gas Agreements: Joint Operations, Denver, CO 2008 

  • “Texas Oil & Gas Cases Update,” Liskow & Lewis Oil & Gas Seminar, Houston, TX 2007 

  • “Joint Operations: Current Joint Operating Agreement Issues,” 20th Annual Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX 2007 

Publications

After Hours

“When I’m not at work, you’ll find me practicing yoga handstands, lap swimming, fishing, and enjoying all of the great international food available in Houston.  My current food passion is soup dumplings.  I also enjoy live music and college basketball.”