Johnstone Adams energy attorneys have extensive experience in oil and gas, and coal and timber industry matters. From finance to drilling, our experience serves the energy sector well. We regularly provide comprehensive services in title examination and preparation of division orders, assist with real property acquisitions and divestitures, defend in administrative proceedings before the State Oil & Gas Board of Alabama, provide advice on application of federal law and rules promulgated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and craft oil and gas financing and loan restructuring documents.

Our litigation attorneys have specific experience in this industry as well. Our successful track record includes several class action claims alleging underpayment of royalties, disputes over drainage, natural gas sales contracts, interpretation of leases and conveyances, field wide unitization, maritime injuries attributable to offshore operations, personal injury on land-based drilling locations, and oil and gas bankruptcy matters.

We proudly represent major oil and gas operators, independent oil and gas operators, treating facilities and other related plants, energy lending institutions, and title companies.


How We Can Help You?

Snapshot of Strengths

Our energy lawyers’ expertise covers the Gulf Coast region and includes:


Energy finance matters


Title examination


Preparation of division orders


Assistance with real property acquisitions and divestitures


Administrative proceedings before the State Oil & Gas Board of Alabama


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules and procedures


Oil and gas loan restructuring documents.


Class action claims alleging underpayment of royalties


Disputes over drainage


Natural gas sales contracts


Interpretation of leases and conveyances


Field wide unitization


Maritime injuries attributable to offshore operations


Personal injury on land-based drilling locations


Oil and gas bankruptcy matters


Next Steps

By land or by sea – upstream, downstream and everything in between, Johnstone Adams Oil and Gas attorneys have the knowledge and experience to resolve your energy matters with finesse and within budget. Contact us today for skilled assistance in drilling down to your desired results.

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  • Successful representation of landowners in defense of migrating gasoline and diesel pollution litigation.
    Successfully represented a major oil company in NORM contamination litigation.
  • Successfully represented two major oil companies in defense, dismissal of two and settlement of two other of class action crude oil royalty underpayment matters.
  • Ongoing representation of major oil company in defense of three class action gas and sulphur royalty underpayment matters.
  • Represented a major oil company in the successful dismissal of a wrongful death litigation case.
  • Successfully represented a major oil company in the recovery of cost of service charges to gas and sulphur royalty owners.
  • Representation of a major oil company in Alabama tax litigation with Department of Revenue.

What Our Clients are Saying

Brandy Walker

“My husband and I were referred to Johnstone Adams in the spring of last year. We are working very closely with Jessica Welch and Greg Watts on an ongoing and unwanted family estate matter. Ms. Welch and Mr. Watts have been so professional and knowledgeable.

In addition, considering the nature of the suit, Jessica has provided my husband and I with a peace of mind we didn"t think was possible during this extremely stressful time of our lives. She is an amazing trial attorney. They have gone above and beyond. To sum it up, I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for them. I would strongly reccomend either of them to my dearest friends and family members. I'm so thankful that we stumbled upon them. I'm actually going to miss Jessica Welch when this is all over.”

Andre Kistner

“I am currently using this law firm and they are informative, keeping me up to date with my case, and they return your calls/emails immediately. I am very satisfied.”

Stu Cookson

“My wife and I approached Johnstone Adams to help us make a better informed decision regarding her immigration. They have been a truly invaluable asset. They brought their knowledge, experience, confidence, and calm demeanor to the process, which put our minds at ease. The worry and anxiety that we were facing melted away, and we have been, literally, hand-held during this daunting process. We can’t thank or recommend Johnstone Adams enough and look forward to continuing to use their services in the future.”


Angela R.

“Johnstone Adams was a great help when it came to drawing up our family’s will and advanced directives prior to the birth of our first son. These are certainly things that no one wants to think about, but the process was easy. They were professional and knowledgeable, answering all of our questions along the way with compassion and sensitivity. Johnstone Adams responded quickly to any questions and was easy to get in touch with! We would highly recommend them for any legal work!!”

Alan C

“Jessica’s advice and assistance with our family's interests in a probate matter was exceptional from beginning to end-- always thoughtful, responsive and efficient, and focused and timely.

It was a genuine pleasure for the doubtless incorrigibly demanding old lawyer that I am to have a professional of her outstanding caliber assisting me on this matter—both generally and in my role as executor in particular—in a jurisdiction unfamiliar to me and on a matter completely outside of my own experience and expertise.

I might also point out that she was really excellent in interfacing, always in a timely and solution-oriented manner, with other parties involved in our matter to help keep our initiatives on track—including attorneys dealing with the disposition of residential real estate and financial assets.

Jessica and her excellent assistant, Shelly Perrone, also offered and provided pragmatic and efficient solutions to logistical and execution issues made significantly more challenging than usual given the COVID-19 crisis and my own location far from Mobile-- in Paris, France.”


“I highly recommend attorney Rick La Trace. Aside from being professional, polite, and yet firm, Rick is a combination of knowledge, detail, and responsiveness. (In my opinion, there are very few professionals who have ALL three qualities. Rick is one of the very few.) What makes him stand apart from the rest, is that he takes the time to listen to his client's concerns (no matter how "trivial"). He educates client’s on how the law works, shares his opinions, including the pros and cons of each. We would definitely use Rick's services again, and highly recommend him for anyone who wants a lawyer that they can trust to thoroughly handle their case from start to finish, even down to the small details. You can tell from working with Rick that he's not just about getting paid for his services, but that he enjoys working through problems and finding creative solutions for his clients. Also, I highly recommend the Johnstone Adams, LLC systems and processes. Shelly and Cathy were on top of things. I give Rick and Johnstone Adams more than five stars.”


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