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Baker Botts L.L.P.
TEXAS 77002-4995
United States
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Work Department

Energy and Commercial Litigation


Partner. Firm-wide Co-Chair, Energy Litigation Practice Group.


Kroger concentrates on litigation and regulatory proceedings involving oil, gas, power and other energy resources, energy infrastructure and projects, and alternative energy. He also handles claims for energy, petrochemical and other companies involving warranty, indemnity, insurance and contracts and has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Kroger handles a broad mix of real estate, construction, and other commercial litigation matters.




Director, State Bar of Texas, 2005 to 2008; Houston Bar Association, Member, (1989 – present); Director (2013 – present); Houston Bar Foundation, Director, 2003-2007; Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Director, 2003-2005; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; American Leadership Forum (Class XX), Senior Fellow, 2003 to present; Leadership Houston (Class XVI), Member, 1996 to present; The Institute for Energy Law, Advisory Board, 2005 to present; Director and Executive Director, Communities in Schools Houston, 1992 to present; Chair, Texas Supreme Court Historical Records Preservation Task Force, 2009 to present


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1989; M.B.A., The University of Texas, 1989; B.B.A., Accounting, The University of Texas, 1985


Kroger has led a legal internship program for at-risks youths since 1991. He has written and spoken extensively on Texas legal history.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

Experienced in handling royalty disputes, lease disputes and commercial litigation, Baker Botts L.L.P. has a truly full-service practice covering all three streams of the oil and gas sector. The firm’s ability is reflected in the variety of its client list, which includes the likes of Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips and Shell. William Kroger is the head of the energy litigation team, which won a major case for Murphy at the Texas Supreme Court hinging on the interpretation of an offset well clause in the context of horizontal drilling; the court recognized significant differences between horizontal and vertical drilling and decided that Murphy drilled in the appropriate location according to the lease; Macey Reasoner Stokes and Jason Newman led on this matter. Elsewhere, Aaron Streett and others are defending Southwestern Energy in a royalty class action in which the plaintiffs allege they suffered $200m in damages; the case involves the question of whether an oil and gas operator may deduct market-rate fees for services provided by its subsidiaries. Russell Lewis, a commercial litigation and enforcement specialist, is also recommended. Meghan McElvy and Louie Layrisson were both promoted to the partnership in January 2018. Named attorneys are based in Houston.