Burleson LLP's Michael Browning And Tom Ciarlone To Speak At August 27 Seminar On Oil And Gas Rights In Texas

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Browning and Tom Ciarlone, partners of Burleson LLP, will speak at a seminar on oil and gas rights in Texas on Wednesday, August 27.  The all-day event will cover a number of opportunities and risks facing the energy sector as a result of the surge in unconventional oil and gas exploration in the Eagle Ford Shale and other formations. 

Browning will give two presentations during the seminar.  His first talk, titled Royalty Deed Interpretation, will cover legal concepts for determining the nature of a royalty deed, including discussions on whether a fractional of royalty or a royalty fraction was intended, the legal ramifications of double fractions in royalty deeds, and the distinction between a mineral and a royalty conveyance/reservation. 

His second talk, titled Allocation Wells, will provide key insights on allocation wells, a relatively new concept in Texas.  This talk will further address the evolution of the Texas Railroad Commission's related rules, scenarios for allocation well use, the underlying case law for allocation wells, possible allocation calculation methods, and conceivable pitfalls associated with allocation wells. 

Ciarlone's presentation is titled Trends and Tactics in Oil and Gas Litigation.  His talk will deliver strategies for defusing class action lawsuits and handling opportunistic landowners and frivolous surface use claims.  He will also address emerging issues and practical considerations in mineral and royalty ownership disputes. 

Browning is Board Certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has practiced oil, gas, and mineral law for more than a decade, focusing primarily on oil, gas, and mineral title examination.  He currently works out of Burleson's San Antonio and Midland locations, where he counsels clients on a wide range of oil, gas, and mineral title matters.  His background includes rendering drilling, division order, leasehold, and acquisition title opinions for oil and gas producing properties throughout the state of Texas. 

Ciarlone, who practices oil and gas litigation and dispute resolution from the firm's San Antonio office, is a key member of Burleson's Texas-based Energy Litigation Group.  He represents a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 and other large corporations, in a number of matters related to high-profile securities, class actions, and other complex commercial litigation. 

Ciarlone recently played an instrumental role in the successful representation of a gas gatherer and processor in a gas-allocation dispute that culminated in a weeklong arbitration and a take-nothing judgment against his client's opponent.  His broad-based experience also includes surface-use disputes, the trial and appeal of cases involving title litigation questioning the ownership of royalty and mineral interests, and sophisticated commercial cases, including those concerning breach of confidentiality agreements and theft and misappropriation of trade secrets.  He also represents hedge funds, banks, and high net-worth individuals in a variety of investment-related disputes.

The event will be hosted by Lorman Education Services, a company that provides a range of programs for the legal industry.  To register, visit www.lorman.com

About Burleson LLP
Burleson LLP is a full-service law firm devoted primarily to the oil and gas industry. Burleson has a presence in every major North American producing region – with unique experience in shale plays – and serves clients in the upstream, downstream, and midstream sectors. Many of the firm's attorneys have worked in the energy industry, including backgrounds as corporate general counsel, enabling Burleson to bring extensive understanding, knowledge, and insight to the companies and individuals it serves. With deep roots in oil and gas, complemented by broad-based corporate capabilities and mid-market rates, Burleson LLP is truly the law firm where energy matters. For further information, visit www.burlesonllp.com.

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