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

Energy Litigation/ Litigation


Jason Newman represents clients in a broad range of matters, with a primary focus on energy matters. He advises energy clients on all aspects of legal and operational issues arising from the rapid development of the various oil and gas shale plays throughout Texas and the United States. In addition to litigation, arbitration, and other forms of dispute resolution, Mr. Newman represents and advises oil and gas operators in transactional engagements, including asset purchases and sales, oil and gas lease negotiations; title issues; and risk mitigation, and routinely counsels energy clients on emerging trends in energy law stemming from the increase in horizontal drilling.


English, Spanish


State Bar of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Institute for Energy Law, Advisory Board


J.D. (summa cum laude), South Texas College of Law, 2004; B.A., English, Hardin-Simmons University, 1995

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

A major success for Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s Houston-based energy litigation department was its defense of a major electricity and natural gas utility in a gross negligence lawsuit arising from a fire that destroyed the plaintiff’s house; the work was led by Jason Newman. The firm’s energy litigators regularly collaborate with its energy regulatory lawyers in contentious regulatory cases. For instance, Jim Barkley and others are acting for Murphy Oil in a petition for a declaratory order at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT); the client seeks recognition that two oil and gas fields in the Eagle Ford Shale are entitled to electric services from the utility of its choice. Kevin JacobsJohn Anaipakos and Brooke McNabb are recommended, respectively, for their expertise in contentious matters pertaining to nuclear power plants, crisis management and personal injury. The team is headed by Bill Kroger.

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.