Craig L. Stahl


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Waterway Plaza Two
10001 Woodloch Forest Dr.
Suite 200
The Woodlands, TX 77380
P: +1.713.220.4834
F: +1.713.220.4815
600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.4834
F: +1.713.220.4285



Craig L. Stahl


The Woodlands Office
Waterway Plaza Two
10001 Woodloch Forest Dr.
Suite 200
The Woodlands, TX 77380
P: +1.713.220.4834
F: +1.713.220.4815
Other Offices: Houston

Craig’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation with a heavy emphasis on oil and gas, although he has also handled trial and appellate matters in a wide variety of fields involving contractual disputes and business torts. As lead trial counsel, Craig has had primary responsibility for numerous multi-million dollar lawsuits and appeals filed in state and federal courts, not only in Texas, but also across the Nation. He has represented a broad range of clients, including major energy producers, pipelines, marketers, royalty trustees, and financial institutions, and he has also served as an arbitrator on energy-related matters. Craig splits his time between the firm’s Houston office and The Woodlands office, which he manages. 

Representative Experience

Some of Craig’s representative energy cases include:*

  • Case No. 14-CV30249; Renegade Oil & Gas Company, LLC v. ConocoPhillips Company; In the District Court of Arapahoe County, Colorado; defense of producer in lease termination dispute. Obtained favorable confidential settlement. (2014)
  • Civil Action No. 1:14-CV-00134-PAB; Spring Creek Exploration & Production Company, LLC v. Statoil Oil & Gas LP; In the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; Defense of area of mutual interest claim. Case pending. (2014)
  • Civil Action No. 4:13-CV-00132-CSM; Sorenson v. Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co., LP; In the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota; Defense of producer in putative class action over royalties allegedly due for flared natural gas. Motion to dismiss granted for client. (2013)
  • Civil Action No. 38387; DEAK LLC v. Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co, LP; In the District Court of Fremont County, Wyoming; Defense of producer in class action suit over escrowed royalty payments. Case pending. (2013)
  • Case No. 1:11-CV-00045-DPM; Phillip Berry and Peggy Berry v. Southwestern Energy Company, XTO Energy, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and BHP Billiton Petroleum (Fayetteville), LLC; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Defense of shale gas producer in putative class action in Arkansas federal court over alleged groundwater contamination caused by fracking. Obtained favorable confidential settlement. (2012)
  • Case No. D-101-CV-201100974; Ray Powell, Commissioner of Public Lands of the State of New Mexico v. Chevron Corporation; In the District Court of Sante Fe County, New Mexico; Defense of producer in statewide royalty dispute. Case dismissed without any payment by client. (2011)
  • Cause No. 4:11-CV-00943; Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Samson Offshore Company; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Representation of GOM operator in successful suit to compel arbitration and obtain payment of idle drillship charges and related joint account expenses caused by Federal offshore drilling moratorium. (2011)
  • Case No. 9:10-CV-01680-CWH; Richard T. Sonberg v. ConocoPhillips Company; In the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Beaufort Division. Defended producer in royalty owner check-stub litigation over Wyoming properties. Obtained dismissal of claims without any payment by client. (2010)
  • Civil Action No. 90 C 30; Quinque Operating Co., et al. v. Gas Pipelines, et al.; In the 26th Judicial District Court of Stevens County, Kansas. Defense of midstream clients in putative class action in Kansas state court alleging mismeasurement of natural gas. Client dismissed without any payment after trial court twice denied class certification. (2010)
  • Cause No. 48-221167-06; James D. Finley, et al. v. Wagner Oil Company, et al.; In the 48th Judicial District Court, Tarrant County, Texas. Suit by non-operator client to enforce AMI and PRP claims for properties in Texas and Louisiana. Obtained favorable confidential settlement and conveyance of properties at commencement of trial. (2010)
  • Civil Action No. 97 CV 189D (99-MD-1604-D); United States ex rel. Jack J. Grynberg v. Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co., et al.; In the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. Represented six midstream defendants in industry-wide qui tam suit alleging that pipelines and gatherers mismeasured natural gas. U.S. Supreme Court refused cert on 10th Circuit affirmance of summary judgment for our clients. (2009)
  • CA No. 5:03CV264; United States of America ex rel. Harrold E. (Gene) Wright v. Burlington Resources Inc., et al.; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division. Defended producer in False Claims Act case over federal benchmark royalty payments. Although DOJ sued for $1.1 billion in actuals and treble damages, we obtained favorable settlement for less than 1/3 of the actual damages without any FCA punitives. (2008)
  • Cause No. 2007-46732; EOG Resources, Inc. v. Bailey Banks Seismic, LP; In the 157th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Suit for declaratory judgment that producer client had no duty to pay seismic licensing fees as a result of corporate reorganization. Obtained dismissal without any payment by EOG. (2008)
  • Civil Action No. 4:07-CV-00986; Maurice F. Alves, Jr., Denise G. Alves, Andrea Lee Thomas, Sandra P. Evans v. ConocoPhillips Company, Nippon Oil Exploration (Texas) Limited, et al.; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Defended several producer clients in $5 million unit dispute over entitlement to oil and gas royalty payments. All claims against clients dismissed on summary judgment. (2008)
  • No. CIV-05-1397; United States of America, ex rel. Little and Morris v. ENI Petroleum Co., Inc., et al.; United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Defended qui tam suit against producer clients over alleged failure to pay interest on past royalty obligation. Won summary judgment dismissal. (2007)
  • Cause No. 05-1043: Jennie B. Hanes, et al v. BP America Production Co., et al.; In the 71st Judicial District Court of Harrison County, Texas. Defended producer client in class action alleging failure to develop. Settled favorably with agreed drilling program without any cash consideration. (2007)
  • Cause No. 017-210270-05; Finley Resources Inc., et al. v. XTO Energy Inc.; In the 17th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas. Prosecuted AMI claim for producer clients. Case settled for $93 million payment to our clients after successful bifurcated trial on liability. (2007)
  • Cause No. A400866; Burlington Resources Trading Inc. v. Saguaro Power Co.; In Dept. No. VIII of the District Court of Clark County, Nevada. Multi-week trial in Nevada State Court for producer client to enforce $30 million long-term contract to provide natural gas to Las Vegas cogeneration plant. Judgment for client awarding specific performance plus $1.3 million in fees and expenses. Affirmed by Nevada Supreme Court. (2005)

* Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in future matters.


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