Robert Theriot
Robert L. "Rob" Theriot
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77002


Rob Theriot has helped oil and gas clients navigate tough legal issues in trials and transactions for over 25 years.  He has handled matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota and other major shale basin states.   Rob has negotiated multi-million dollar contracts involving oil and gas development, joint operations, marketing, midstream systems, acquisitions and other related transactions.

Much of his current work is focused on the growing challenges facing producers in unconventional shale plays.  He has earned a reputation for handling complex, seemingly intractable problems – “The ones that keep people up at night," as he puts it. 

He combines years of industry experience with a knack for creativity and a cooperative, practical, and efficient approach to problem solving.   “If you want someone just to jump in and throw some punches to see what happens – I’m probably not your guy … But, if you want to actually solve your problems and start scratching things off your “to-do” list, I can probably help.”



  • Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Advisory Commission, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Past Chair, Section of Oil, Gas & Mineral Law, Houston Bar Association

  • Past Chair; Member, Planning Committee, South Texas College of Law Energy Institute

  • Advisory Committee, Institute for Energy Law – Center for American and International Law

  • Program Chair and Institute Speaker, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

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

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1986–1987


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Energy and Natural Resources Law, 2015-2019


  • “Current Land and Lease Disputes in Shale Plays, Institute for Energy Law, CAIL, Webinar 2014

  • “Midstream Update – Challenges in Getting Production to Market,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, Spokane, WA, July 2013

  • “Identifying, Valuing and Characterizing Natural Resources”, State Bar of Texas New Frontiers Institute, New Orleans, October 2012

  • “Natural Gas Midstream Contracts,” South Texas College of Law Annual Energy Institute, September 2012

  • “Liability Issues under Joint Operating Agreements,” University of Texas Annual Ernest Smith Oil and Gas Institute, April 2011

  • “Assignments and Conveyances of Oil and Gas Interests”, South Texas College of Law Annual Energy Institute, September 2010

  • “Texas and Louisiana Oil & Gas Update,” Houston Association of Professional Landman, September 2009

  • “Purchase and Sale of Oil and Gas Properties,” University of Houston Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, February 2009

  • “Trial of a Royalty Lawsuit to Judge and Jury,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute, Nov. 2008

  • “Texas Oil and Gas Update,” Liskow and Lewis Energy Law Seminar, October 2007

  • “Ethical Issues Arising From Joint Operation Transactions,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute, Santa Fe, NM, December 2007

  • “Lobbying Government Officials – Legal, Ethical, & Practical Considerations,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute, March 2007

  • “Duty to Restore the Surface (Express, Implied and Damages),” 52nd Mineral Law Institute, Baton Rouge, LA, 2005

  • “Update on Surface Damage Cases," Independent Petroleum Association of America Law Committee Luncheon, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Vail, CO, 2004

  • “Developments in Energy Litigation - Valuation, Royalty and the (Implied) Obligation to Market,” Current Issues and Developments for Landmen and In-House Counsel, Houston, TX, 2003

  • “Exposure to Punitive Damages and Penalties in Oil and Gas Litigation,” Liskow & Lewis Oil and Gas Seminar, Houston, TX, 2001


After Hours

"Raising two teenagers with my wife, Laura, is a humbling experience which keeps me grounded.  On my time, I enjoy time in my workshop and tending to my garden.   Laura tells me I should hire carpenters, plumbers, mechanics and landscapers – but I guess it’s my nature to want to grow, build and repair things myself."