HOUSTON, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Burleson LLP, a full-service law firm devoted primarily to the oil and gas industry, announced that three of its attorneys – Kene Chinweze, Landon Speights, and Brandon Durrett – have recently earned Board Certification in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Matthew Brysacz also earned Board Certification in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
With the announcement, the firm now has 10 attorneys – more than any other firm or company in the Lone Star State – who have received the designation in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law. Those who earn certification must be licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of their practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges, and pass a six-hour written examination.
"Congratulations to Kene, Landon, Brandon, and Matt for achieving one of the highest possible endorsements in their practice areas," said Rick Burleson, managing partner of the firm. "Their accomplishments further underscore the dedication they bring to their work and the legal profession and reflect the firm's commitment to delivering clients the most seasoned and sought-after legal team serving the energy sector."
Matthew Brysacz, a partner in San Antonio, concentrates his practice on estate tax, estate planning, probate, and trust matters. He represents a number of large landowners in the Eagle Ford region, preserving wealth through strategies aimed at asset protection and estate tax reduction. He also focuses on representing closely held, family-owned businesses in corporate matters, real estate and estate planning transactions, and succession planning.
Kene Chinweze is a senior associate in Houston who focuses his practice on oil and gas title matters. He began his career in the energy sector as a petroleum landman, negotiating oil and gas leases with mineral owners, and analyzing oil and gas contracts and real property documents to determine legal ownership of land and minerals. His background also includes drafting original, supplemental, and division order title opinions, and counseling clients in various title instruments and exploration and production contracts.
Brandon Durrett, a senior associate in San Antonio, maintains a diverse oil and gas practice with a focus on upstream transactional and regulatory work. He also handles a wide range of issues concerning the exploration, development, operation, and sale of oil and gas properties. Durrett represents clients before the Railroad Commission of Texas in a variety of regulatory matters and has a broad base of experience in all phases of the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas assets.
Landon Speightsis a senior associate in Houston who counsels clients in matters related to oil and gas and environmental law. He is well versed in complex commercial litigation in the oilfield and regularly advises exploration and production companies in lease disputes, production issues, and conveyance matters. His practice also involves handling disputes between midstream shippers, gatherers, and processors, as well as matters related to midstream contracts and the operation of various plant types in the midstream sector.
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 onshore and offshore 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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