Oil, Gas & Mineral Rights San Antonio and West Texas Oil & Gas Lawyers
Protecting Property Rights
The biggest reason for oil & gas disputes? Ownership. However, finding out the answers to questions like 'who owns what' or 'how much is owned' can be very complicated, and it's why Oil and Gas can be one of the most difficult areas of the law. For example, mineral rights are often handed down by unclear inheritance documents. Deeds can be forged. Often times, the ownership of the minerals are divided up so many times that determining ownership is problematic. It is the responsibility of the oil and gas companies to identify and locate all individuals holding mineral rights and secure authorization for production of minerals.
If you own mineral rights or an interest in royalty payments but have not received the appropriate contracts or payments from the oil or gas companies, then contact us. We will investigate the situation and protect your best interests through legal counsel and representation.
Land Owner Rights
In the rush to production, oil companies cut corners, and in doing so, cause unnecessary damage to property. Trespass is the unauthorized use of your property, including engaging in oil and gas activities beyond the terms of the lease or easement. If an oil or gas company has caused damage while trespassing on your property, contact us to discuss your legal options.
When another individual or business fails to follow basic community safety rules and causes injury or harm to another as a result, then they are responsible for the harm they caused. Our jury system allows for the recovery of damages to repair the harm when it can be repaired, to help with the harms and losses that can be helped, and make up for the harms and losses that can be neither fixed nor helped. The following are examples of the types of legal damages we seek to recover from the responsible party:
When a land-owner, or a mineral-rights-owner has been damaged by another individual or company, then that entity is responsible for the harm caused. Our jury system allows for the recovery of damages to repair the harm when it can be repaired, and help compensate the injured party for all their financial losses.
The following are examples of the types of legal damages we seek to recover from the responsible party:
- Statutory Damages for Fraud, Deceit, or Malice
- Unpaid Payments in the Past and Future
- Loss of Future Income
- Depreciation Loss for Damaged Real Property & Structures
- Repair and Replacement Costs
- Out of Pocket Expenses, including Fees For Appraisers or Experts
- Mental Anguish in the Past and Future
How Our Approach to Trial
Advocacy Serves Our Clients
Trial is often daunting for the injured plaintiff. In the past three decades, insurance companies and big corporate interests have spent billions on a remarkable propaganda campaign against injured people and the lawyers that represent them. This campaign has been so effective that across the country jurors view personal injury cases, and the lawyers who bring them, with suspicion or even hostility.
However, at the Kemmy Firm, our decades of trial experience have proven that when we show juries that a violation of basic community safety rules has caused unnecessary harm to a person in their community, the jury will often respond with a just and fair verdict. That is why, even though most cases settle, we develop each case as if it will go to trial. We work to uncover the full story: what safety rules were broken? By whom? And how was the client harmed as a result?
Our team has decades of trial experience. For over 30 years, Tom Kemmy has successfully represented injured individuals and families who have lost life and limb, as well as small business owners cheated out of money. He is a board-certified trial lawyer. Nicholas Kemmy and Jacob Kemmy are former prosecutors for Bexar County and have tried dozens of cases to juries. Ben Kemmy has first-chaired civil jury trials across Texas: from Houston to San Antonio, from Dallas to Brownsville. Danny Kemmy has done trial work from the time he became licensed, including giving the opening statement and participating in a two-week trial that resulted in a 14-million-dollar verdict.
We believe our successes over the years are the result of our collective experience – and our team approach that prepares each case for trial even if it is likely to settle.