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David W. Lauritzen - Midland, TX

500 West IllinoisSuite 300 Midland, TX 79701- 4337

Updated: 09/18/2020

Midland Oil and Gas Litigation Lawyer

Overview

David is a shareholder in the Firm's Litigation Section. He joined the firm in 1996...

About David W. Lauritzen

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Federal and State Appeals
  • Commercial Litigation and Insurance Defense
  • Employment Defense
  • Estates & Trusts Fiduciary Litigation
  • Qui Tam Defense

Representative Cases

  • Endeavor Energy Resources, L.P. v. Discovery Operating, 554 S.W.3d 586 (Tex. 2018)
  • Painter v. Amerimex Drilling!, Ltd., 561 S.W.3d 125 (Tex. 2018)
  • Jones v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA., 858 F.3d 927 (5th Cir. 2017)
  • Occidental Chemical Corp. v. Jenkins, 478 S.W.3d 640 (Tex. 2016)
  • Nabors Well Services, Ltd. v. Loera, 457 S.W.3d 435 (Tex. 2015)
  • Nabors Well Services, Ltd. v. Romero, 456 S.W.3d 553 (Tex. 2015)
  • City of Midland v. M.T.D. Environmental, L.L.P., 429 S.W.3d 800 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2014)
  • Walton v. City of Midland, 409 S.W.3d 926 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2013)
  • Lesley v. Veterans Land Board of the State of Texas, 352 S.W.3d 479 (Tex. 2011)
  • Mid-Continent Casualty Co. v. Bay Rock Operating Co., 614 F.3d 105 (Tex. [5th Cir.] 2010)
  • Wackman v. Rubsamen, 602 F.3d 391 (Tex. [5th Cir.] 2010)
  • Enerlex, Inc. v. Amerada Hess, Inc., 302 S.W.3d 351 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2009)
  • Myrick v. Enron Oil and Gas Co., 296 S.W.3d 724 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2009)
  • Vaughn v. Intrepid Directional Drilling Specialists, Ltd. , 288 S.W.3d 931 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2009)
  • U.S. ex rel. Taylor-Vick v. Smith, 513 F.3d 228 (Tex. [5th Cir.] 2008)
  • Trident Steel Corp. v. Wiser Oil Co., 223 S.W.3d 520 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 2006)
  • ConocoPhillips Co. v. Incline Energy, Inc., 189 S.W.3d 377 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2006)
  • McWherter v. Agua Frio Ranch, 224 S.W.3d 285 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2005)
  • Gunnels v. City of Brownfield, 153 S.W.3d 452 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 2003)
  • Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Mobil Producing Texas & New Mexico, 281 F.3d 1249 (Tex. [Fed. Cir.] 2002)
  • City of Midland v. O’Bryant, 18 S.W.3d 209 (Tex. 2000)
  • Rosenberg Development Corp. v. Imperial Performing Arts, Inc., 571 S.W.3d 738 (Tex. 2019)
  • Legacy Bank v. Fab Tech Drilling Equipment, Inc., 566 S.W.3d 922 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2018)

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of West Texas, Advisory Board
  • State Bar of Texas (Member)
  • State Bar of New Mexico (Member)
  • Midland County Bar Association (Member)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (Associate Member)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow and West Texas Nominations Chair)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors)
  • State Bar of Texas (Disciplinary Grievance Panel 16-4)
  • Midland College (Adjunct Professor)
  • Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale (Past President)
  • Midland Community Theatre (Past President)

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Update on Energy Litigation, 2019 West Texas Seminar, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Ruidoso, New Mexico, August 2019
  • Speaker, Mediation - Conflicts, Conflabs, and Craftiness, Midland County Bar Association, March 2019
  • Speaker, Mobile Apps for Lawyers, CLE on the High Seas V, Western Caribbean, February 2019
  • Speaker, Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Consideration, NBI Human Resources Law Boot Camp, Lubbock, Texas, September 2018
  • Speaker, Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues, NBI Human Resources Law Boot Camp, Lubbock, Texas, September 2018
  • Course Director, Live Oak CLE 19th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Midland, Texas, February 2017
  • Speaker, The Legal Use (and Abuse) of Social Media for Lawyers and Clients, CLE on the High Seas V, Eastern Caribbean, February 2017
  • Speaker, Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Liens in the Third Great Oil Bust, 29th Annual Energy Law Institute of Attorneys and Landmen, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, September 2016
  • Speaker, Energy Law and Litigation, Texas Tech School of Law Energy Law Focus Sections, Lubbock, Texas, April 2016
  • Speaker, Representing the Pipeyard Owner, Live Oak CLE 18th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Midland, Texas, February 2016
  • Speaker, Developments in the Law of Lien Foreclosures, State Bar of Texas 33rd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Houston/San Antonio, Texas, September 2015
  • Speaker, Underpayment, Overpayment and Indemnification, National Association of Division Order Analysts 42nd Annual Institute Program, Amelia Island, Florida, September 2015
  • Speaker, Division Orders, Live Oak CLE 17th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Midland, Texas, February 2015
  • Speaker, Legal Aspects of Division Orders, Permian Association of Lease & Title Analysts, Midland, Texas, October 2014
  • Speaker, Energy Law and Litigation, Texas Tech School of Law Energy Law Focus Sections, Lubbock, Texas, August 2013
  • Speaker, Divided over Division Orders: Underpayment, Overpayment, and Indemnification, Dallas County Bar Association Energy Law Section Review of Oil & Gas Law XXVIII Seminar, Dallas, Texas, July 2013
  • Speaker, Friending, Fraternizing, and Fail! Social Media and the Law, Permian Basin Paralegal Association, Midland, Texas, January 2013
  • Speaker, Ethics in Negotiations, Insight Information, 13th Annual Energy Contract Management in Oil and Gas Seminar, Houston Texas, March 2011
  • Speaker, M&M Liens: Throwing a Wrench into Oil & Gas Revenue Distribution, Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts 2010 Winter Seminar, Odessa, Texas, March 2010
  • Speaker, Tied Up in Knots: Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Liens in the Oil Patch, Midland and Ector County Bar Associations 10th Annual West Texas Seminar, Odessa, Texas, January 2009
  • Speaker, Tied Up in Knots: Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Liens in the Oil Patch, State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Houston/San Antonio, Texas, September 2008
  • Speaker, Hot Topics: The Latest Interpretations of Current Employment Law, Sterling Educational Services Employment Law Update, Midland, Texas April 2008
  • Speaker, Interest Owner Assignability under Seagull: A Bird of a New Feather, or Just a Rat with Wings? Live Oak CLE Permian Basin Oil and Gas Law Update, Midland, Texas, February 2008
  • Speaker, A Flock of Trouble Seagull v. Eland, The Second Annual West Texas Bench Bar Conference, Midland County Bar Association, Ruidoso, New Mexico, September 2007
  • Speaker, Continuing to Do No Harm Some Ethical Considerations for HIM Managers, Permian Basin Health Information Management Association, July 2007
  • Speaker, JOA Case Law Seagull v. Eland, On the Waterfront, 44th Annual Meeting of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, Monterey, California, June 2007
  • Speaker, The Curious Case of Seagull v. Eland, Texas Lone Star Network, June 2007
  • Speaker, Litigation Affecting Mineral Management by the Professional Fiduciary, 2007 Asset Management Conference, Austin, Texas, May 2007
  • Speaker, Contract Interpretation and the Curious Case of Seagull v. Eland, Permian Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Midland, Texas, March 2007
  • Speaker, Revisiting Oilfield Rules of Contract, with a Discussion of Seagull v. Eland, The First Annual West Texas Bench Bar Conference, Midland County Bar Association, Ruidoso, New Mexico, September 2006
  • Speaker, Seagull v. Eland: Whether You Know It or Not, You Are in this Fight, Permian Basin Landmen’s Association, Midland, Texas, September 2006
  • Speaker, Rules of Contract: A Look at the Rules of Contract (and Lease) Construction, Oklahoma Bar Review CLE and Oklahoma Energy Law Association Oil & Gas 2006, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 2006
  • Speaker, Rules of Contract: A Look at the Rules of Contract (and Lease) Construction, State Bar of Texas 23rd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Houston, Texas, September 2005
  • Speaker, FLSA/Wage and Hour Basics More Important Now than Ever, Sterling Educational Services Practical Applications of Employment Law in Texas, Midland, Texas January 2005
  • Speaker, FLSA Update, Sterling Educational Services Human Resources Law Update in Texas, Midland, Texas, May 2004
  • Speaker, The Termination Process, “Hiring and Firing: How to Do It Right”, Sterling Educational Services, Midland, Texas, December 2003
  • Speaker, Wage and Hour Update, Sterling Education Services Employment Law Update, Midland, Texas, May 2003
  • Speaker, What Do You Mean It’s Not Admissible? Some Documentary Evidence Issues from a Defense Perspective, Paralegal Association/Permian Basin 2002 Spring Seminar, Midland, Texas, April 2002
  • Speaker, Legal Assistants and the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Paralegal Association/Permian Basin, Midland, Texas, February 2002
  • Speaker, Recent Developments with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Human Resource Professionals of the Permian Basin, Seventh Annual Employment Update, Midland, Texas, October 2000
  • Speaker, The Tripartite Insurance Relationships: Stowers Letters, Kelly Causes of Action, and The Tilley Duty, Ector County Bar Association, Odessa, Texas, March 2000
  • Speaker, Mineral Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Liens in a Post-Coronavirus World, 33rd Annual Energy Law Institute of Attorneys and Landmen, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, August 2020
  • Speaker, Update on Energy Litigation, 2020 West Texas Seminar, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Ruidoso, New Mexico, August 2020
  • Speaker, Mineral Liens, Oil, Gas & Mineral Title Examination, State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas, June 2020
  • Speaker, Curious Lawsuits and Division Orders, Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts, Midland, Texas, February 2020
  • Speaker, Texas Employment Law Update, NBI Human Resources Mini Law School for Professionals, Lubbock, Texas, October 2019
  • Speaker, Wage and Benefit Issues, NBI Human Resources Mini Law School for Professionals, Lubbock, Texas, October 2019

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1996
    Juris Doctorate
    Honors: Trial Director, Board of Advocates
    Honors: Member, The University of Texas National Moot Court Team
  • Yale University, 1992
    B.A.
    Honors: With Honors
    Honors: Berkley College Fellows Prize
    Honors: Highest Honors on Senior Thesis, Entitled “A Comparison of Austria and Switzerland as Military Neutrals in a Post-Cold War Europe.”
    Major: Political Science (Soviet Military Theory)

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Update on Energy Litigation, 2019 West Texas Seminar, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Ruidoso, New Mexico, August 2019
  • The Texas Supreme Court Approves a Contractual Waiver of Punitive Damages in Bombardier Aerocorp v. SPEP Aircraft Holdings, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Magazine, Summer 2019
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Consideration, NBI Human Resources Law, Lubbock, Texas, September 2018
  • Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues, NBI Human Resources Law, Lubbock, Texas, September 2018
  • Update on Energy Litigation, 2018 West Texas Seminar, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Ruidoso, New Mexico, August 2018
  • Deeds of Trust and Statutory Liens (Co-Authored with Kathryn E. Hand), State Bar of Texas 2018 Oil, Gas & Mineral Title Examination, June 2018
  • Representing the Pipeyard Owner, Live Oak CLE 18th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Midland, Texas, February 2016
  • Developments in the Law of Lien Foreclosures, State Bar of Texas 33rd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Houston/San Antonio, Texas, September 2015
  • Underpayment, Overpayment and Indemnification, National Association of Division Order Analysts 42nd Annual Institute Program, Amelia Island, Florida, September 2015
  • Division Orders, Live Oak CLE 17th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Midland, Texas, February 2015
  • Divided over Division Orders: Underpayment, Overpayment, and Indemnification, Dallas County Bar Association Energy Law Section Review of Oil & Gas Law XXVIII Seminar, Dallas, Texas, July 2013
  • M&M Liens: Throwing a Wrench into Oil & Gas Revenue Distribution, Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts 2010 Winter Seminar, Odessa, Texas, February 2010
  • Tied Up in Knots: Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Liens in the Oil Patch, Midland and Ector County Bar Associations 10th Annual West Texas Seminar, Odessa, Texas, January 2009
  • Tied Up in Knots: Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Liens in the Oil Patch, State Bar of Texas Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Houston/San Antonio, Texas, September 2008
  • A Flock of Trouble: Liability under Oil and Gas Joint Operating Agreements after Seagull v. Eland, (Co-Authored with Christopher S. Kulander), Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring 2008
  • Hot Topics: The Latest Interpretations of Current Employment Law, Sterling Educational Services Employment Law Update Midland, Texas, April 2008
  • A Flock of Trouble Seagull v. Eland, The Second Annual West Texas Bench Bar Conference, Midland County Bar Association, Ruidoso, NM, September 2007
  • Non-Operators Beware: The Curious Case of Seagull v. Eland, Permian Basin Landmen’s Association Newsletter, November 2006
  • Revisiting Oilfield Rules of Contract, with a Discussion of Seagull v. Eland, The First Annual West Texas Bench Bar Conference, Midland County Bar Association, Ruidoso, Texas, September 2006
  • Rules of Contract: A Look at the Rules of Contract (and Lease) Construction, Oklahoma Bar Review CLE and Oklahoma Energy Law Association Oil & Gas 2006, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 2006
  • Rules of Contract: A Look at the Rules of Contract (and Lease) Construction, State Bar of Texas 23rd Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Houston, Texas, September 2005
  • FLSA/Wage and Hour Basics More Important Now than Ever, Sterling Educational Services Practical Applications of Employment Law in Texas, Midland, Texas, January 2005
  • FLSA Update, Sterling Educational Services Human Resources Law Update in Texas, Midland, Texas, May 2004
  • The Termination Process, Sterling Educational Services, “Hiring and Firing: How to Do It Right”, Midland, Texas, December 2003
  • Wage and Hour Update, Sterling Education Services Employment Law Update, May 2003
  • The Wine Corner, Permian Basin Docket Call Magazine, July 2002
  • What Do You Mean It’s Not Admissible? Some Documentary Evidence Issues from a Defense Perspective, Presented at the Paralegal Association/Permian Basin 2002 Spring Seminar, April 2002
  • White Collar Crime in the Oil Patch: Forfeiture, Fines, and Restitution, (Co-Authored with Susan R. Richardson), March 2001
  • Dual Representation and the Tripartite Relationship in Insurance Defense, Texas Paralegal Journal, Vol. 6, No. 4, Spring, January 2001
  • Recent Developments with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Human Resource Professionals of the Permian Basin, Seventh Annual Employment Update, October 2000
  • The Tripartite Insurance Relationships: Stowers Letters, Kelly Causes of Action, and the Tilley Duty, Ector County Bar Association, March 2000
  • White Collar Crime in the Oil Patch: Who Does the Time and Who Pays the Dime? (Co-Authored with Susan R. Richardson and Ellen House), February 2000
  • Disagreeing Over Your Agreement: Figuring Out the Meaning of the Contract and, if Necessary, How to Get Out of It, GPM Gas Seminar, July 1999
  • The Legal Assistant’s Guide to the Top 10 Changes to the Texas Discovery Rules and the Discovery Rules Outline, (Co-Authored with Chris Aycock), April 1999
  • 1995 COPAS Accounting Procedure, or It is a Very Hard Undertaking to Seek to Please Everybody, Part 2, (Co-Authored with Robert C. Bledsoe and Susan R. Richardson) Texas Oil and Gas Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 3, July 1998
  • 1995 COPAS Accounting Procedure, or It is a Very Hard Undertaking to Seek to Please Everybody, Part 1, (Co-Authored with Robert C. Bledsoe and Susan R. Richardson) Texas Oil and Gas Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2 May 1998
  • The Ten Mistakes that Employers Make, (Co-Authored with Susan R. Richardson), April 1998
  • Identification and Investigation of Sexual Harassment, (Co-Authored with Susan R. Richardson and Julia Vaughn), June 1997
  • Day-Time Curfews and Truancy Programs in Texas, Texas State Bar Section Report Juvenile Law, Vol. 9, No. 2, June 1995
  • Mineral Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Liens in a Post-Coronavirus World, 33rd Annual Energy Law Institute of Attorneys and Landmen, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, August 2020
  • Update on Energy Litigation, 2020 West Texas Seminar, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Ruidoso, New Mexico, August 2020
  • Mineral Liens, Oil, Gas & Mineral Title Examination, State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas, June 2020
  • Emerging Mineral Lien Issues: Pandemics and Plummeting Prices, Landman Magazine, May/June 2020
  • Texas Employment Law Update, NBI Human Resources Mini Law School for Professionals, Lubbock, Texas, October 2019
  • Wage and Benefit Issues, NBI Human Resources Mini Law School for Professionals, Lubbock, Texas, October 2019

Office Information

Address

500 West IllinoisSuite 300 Midland, TX 79701- 4337

Fax

  • 432-684-3137

Achievements

Honors

  • Eagle Scout, BSA
  • Berkeley College Fellows Prize
  • Highest Honors on Senior Thesis, Entitled "A Comparison of Austria and Switzerland as Military Neutrals in a Post-Cold War Europe."

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