“Having served as a female litigator on both a trial and appellate court level for major energy clients, I’m able to bring a diverse and experienced perspective to the table for clients. My experience, creativity, and unique knowledge of oil and gas law make a significant difference in leveraging the best possible outcome for clients.”
April L. Rolen-Ogden is a first chair trial and appellate lawyer in high stakes oil & gas matters. She has experience as a trial lawyer in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. She defends her trial work on appeal through her appellate practice. The array of topics she has litigated is extensive. April defends companies in high stakes commercial and energy litigation matters. She litigates traditional oil and gas disputes involving royalties, servitudes, unleased owner litigation, title disputes, property damage, statutory penalties, joint operations, oil and gas accounting, taking production in kind, the Risk Fee Statute, and complex oil and gas marketing matters.
April defends oil and gas companies in environmental legacy suits seeking damages and restoration for oilfield contamination and coastal loss. She defends companies in personal injury cases, including toxic torts, whether those injuries occur in the oilfield or any other context. She frequently defends companies in disputes involving allegations of fraud, unfair trade practices, and trade secrets.
A sample of recent matters April has handled includes:
- First chair defense of a client in several complex gas marketing cases by numerous parties regarding the propriety of deducting certain gathering, treating, and transportation costs from revenue
- First chair defense of an oil and gas company and operator against claims for fraud, statutory penalties, and improper deduction of post-production costs levied by unleased owners and royalty owners
- First chair defense of an operator against claims relating to its midstream operations, including extensive gathering systems and third-party pipelines
- First chair litigation of numerous concursus matters to determine title disputes along the Red River for a major operator in the Haynesville Shale, including guidance of complex post-resolution disbursal among numerous claimants and parties
- Obtaining summary judgment dismissal of claims for a working interest covering deep rights in the Haynesville Shale under an Area of Mutual Interest (“AMI”) and Joint Development Agreement (“JDA”)
- Obtaining summary judgment dismissal of claims by an unleased mineral owner for contract fraud, penalties, and attorney’s fees under the Mineral Code, La. R.S. 31:212.21 and La. R.S. 31:212.31
- Defending a major oil and gas company who was alleged to be a servitude owner in a coastal legacy suit involving a history of Sulphur operations by the landowner’s predecessor-in-title
- Defending enforcement of lien actions by suppliers under the Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act (“LOWLA”)
- Guiding clients in responding to royalty demands, disputes with joint interest partners, and negotiating the claims
- Representing clients in negotiations with partners relating to well cost disputes under joint operating agreements and COPAS
“April is extremely knowledgeable, proficient in her arguments and is able to present information in a way which makes issues and concerns easily understandable.” – Chambers USA Client Comment, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2023