James Lapeze is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who handles oil and gas-related disputes, primarily before the state and federal courts and regulatory agencies of Texas and Louisiana. His clients are often midstream and upstream oil and gas companies facing development and royalty demands, expropriation actions, legacy claims, land ownership disputes and other complex energy and environmental-related problems.
A native of Baton Rouge, James also has extensive experience with high-stakes, energy and corporate issues throughout the region, including disputes involving oilfield operations, lease maintenance, pipelines, underground storage tanks and NORM. One of James’s main goals with each of his clients is to help them deal with the stress and unknowns of litigation, on either side of the docket. “Litigation of any type creates uncertainty,” as he puts it, “and the best way to lower our client’s anxiety is by walking them through the legal issues as well as their potential liability.”
In addition to his litigation practice, James helps clients draft and interpret oil and gas agreements, payment of royalties, lease maintenance, lease development, assignment of lease interests, and obligations of operators.