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Lawrence P. "Larry" Simon, Jr.
Of Counsel, Lafayette
822 Harding Street
P.O. Box 52008
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503

Overview

Larry Simon is an experienced trial lawyer focusing on complex, high-stakes litigation involving energy, oil, gas, title and property issues in Louisiana.   Larry is known for handling oil and gas royalty and other mineral lease issues, energy marketing contract disputes and cases involving the processing of natural gas and the contracts affecting these operations.  He also has experience in utility regulation, including telecommunications regulation, having served as counsel for the Louisiana Public Service Commission in its rate cases for Bell South Corporation, and in the implementation of price regulation for the company.

Oil and gas companies and operators often turn to Larry when there are competing claims from a servitude involving a mineral lease.  He is well-versed in the regulatory overlay in Louisiana and the history of the state's Civil Code and Mineral Code.  "I know the mineral law and its history," he adds.  "When I want to assert a right, I can explain why it's written the way it's written."

For four decades, he has handled a wide variety of general commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout Louisiana.  His extensive experience in energy litigation cases covers each of the major substantive areas affecting the oil and gas industry for the past 40 years. He also has broad experience litigating issues involving regulatory rulings and orders of the Department of Conservation.

Larry received the Instituite for Energy Law's Lifetime Achievement Award for Energy Litigation in 2015, and was inducted into the Lafayette Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2018 for his exemplary career, dedicated service to the community, and participation in the Lafayette Bar Association.

Experience

Larry helps energy sector clients with their complex, bet-the-farm cases throughout the Gulf Coast.  In his more than four decades of work, he has earned a reputation for cover-to-cover knowledge of the Mineral Code of Louisiana, particularly the historical background of its rules and regulations.

  • He is regularly called on to handle title issues, contract litigation involving mineral rights and the payment of mineral royalties and cases that deal with the valuation of crude oil or natural gas for royalty or other purposes.  
  • He was one of the leaders of a defense team for approximately 18 energy producers against a putative class action aimed at nullifying orders for units by the Commissioner of Conservation:
    • In the precedent-setting case, Larry was part of firm’s team defending six oil and gas, E&P companies in Texas.  The claim against them involved a challenge by landowners to units established by the Commission of Conservation.

    • In pre-trial motions, the defense team argued against revising or nullifying the thousands of units at issue, saying instead that they had been properly granted.  The defense convinced the trial court, lost in Court of Appeals after several hearings and eventually prevailed in the Louisiana Supreme Court, which in 2014 reinstated the trial court’s decision confirming the validity of the units.  

    • "We identified several core issues," Larry explains, "regarding the method of challenging the Commissioner Orders as exclusive.  We understood the history of the law and how to attack the plaintiffs' assertion."

  • Larry represented a major energy producer in a legacy case where landowners filed claims for land damages, in addition to claims for royalties on the processing of gas they allege weren't properly paid on leased land.  "The accounting on the processing claim," as Larry put it, "was very complex."

  • Larry was invited to help with a lease case being handled by other lawyers.  "It had become bitter and personal between the lawyers, when the case was really a pretty straight-forward question of accounting."  Larry stepped in, things calmed down, and the claim was settled for $250,000…when it had been $1.5 million.  

Involvement

Professional and Community

  • American Inn of Court of Acadiana - President 2004 - 2005; Member, 1999 - present

  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations - Member

  • American Bar Association -Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council, 1979 - 1980

  • American Judicature Society - Board of Directors, 1985 - 1989

  • Louisiana Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation - Fellow

  • Institute of Energy Law – Executive Committee and Chair of the Institute

  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section -Board Member 1977 - 1979; Chairman, 1978 - 1979

  • Louisiana State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer, 1983

  • Louisiana State Bar Association Nominating Committee, 1980 - 1981, 1988 - 1992

  • Louisiana Supreme Court

  • Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2008 - 2010

  • Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, 2000 – 2004

  • From 1980 and forward, Larry served on numerous committees of the Louisiana State Bar Association either as chairman or as a member

  • U.S. Army Reserve, 1968 - 1974, Honorable Discharge, 1974

  • U.S. Army Intelligence School, Ft. Holabird, 1969

Recognition

  • Lafayette Bar Association Hall of Fame Honoree

  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Natural Resources Law "Lawyer of the Year"

  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Natural Resources, 2018

  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Appellate Practice, Energy Law, 2017, 2018

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007–2019

  • Baton Rouge Area "Best Lawyers Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year," 2011 and 2013; Baton Rouge Area "Best Lawyers Oil & Gas Law Lawyer of the Year," 2012

  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

  • Selected as a Top Lawyer by Corporate Counsel

  • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, Band 1, 2010–2018

  • Listed as a Louisiana "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation, 2012 – 2018

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2010–2018.  Listed as one of the top 50 attorneys in the State of Louisiana, 2017

  • Awarded the Institute of Energy Law’s Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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Selected in 2018
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Presentations

  • “Recent Developments in Louisiana Law on Servitudes,” Louisiana Law of Servitudes Seminar, 2003, 2004, 2005

  • “Implied Covenants of a Mineral Lessee:  A Survey of Case Law in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana,” The Center for American and International Law, Energy Litigation Conference, November 2004

  • “Contra Non Valentem: A Survey of Case Law,” 51st Mineral Law Institute, April 2004

  • “Documenting Your Case,” Tulane Law School Seminar, December 1999

  • “Recent Developments and Trends in Oil and Gas Litigation,” Liskow & Lewis Seminar, Houston, September 1999

  • “Gas Royalty Issues in the Era of Take or Pay,” Executive Enterprises, Houston, 1987

Publications

  • "Comment, Equal Protection in the Urban Environment - The Right to Equal Municipal Services," 46 Tul. L. Rev. 496 (1972)

Additional Background

Larry speaks French.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years and attended the U.S. Army Intelligence School at Ft. Holabird.  Prior to his law career, Larry received a theology degree from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

After Hours

"I enjoy reading philosophy, history and fiction.  And I really enjoy travel and duck hunting."

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