Cain & Skarnulis has represented E&P clients, royalty owners, seismic contractors, and oilfield services companies in a wide variety of disputes. The firm’s attorneys have handled cases for operators, royalty owners, drilling companies, seismic contractors, and a variety of energy industry companies.

Our experience includes lease disputes, drainage claims, environmental and surface or groundwater contamination, seismic data, farmouts, and AMI agreements. The firm has particular expertise in the arbitration and litigation of disputes arising under JOAs and accounting issues under COPAS.

C&S has seen just about every kind of dispute in the energy industry, in one form or another. But C&S has recently placed a particular emphasis and focus on an emerging market, the Cline Shale. Additionally, the firm has learned that many operators, drilling contractors, service companies, and non-operators have been experiencing an increase in wrongful claim denials on energy-related insurance policies. C&S serves as an advocate for energy industry policyholders who have experienced wrongful denials of benefits that are rightfully owed under these types policies.


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Firm News, Press

C&S partner Blair Dancy publishes “Pleading Into Coverage” in The Advocate, the prestigious quarterly journal published by the Litigation Section of the Texas State Bar

- Steve Skarnulis

Blair’s article is a good read for lawyers on both sides of the “v.”  It gives important advice, such as, “Avoid alleging facts that cannot be supported at trial. Plead consistent with your facts and with enough detail to get the right parties to the table. An insurer with a defense but no indemnification obligation may hamper settlement discussions.”

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