Located in the heart of the Barnett Shale geological formation, one of the largest onshore natural gas fields in the United States, Cantey Hanger has extensive experience in oil and gas matters. The firm has represented clients in the energy industry since the development of the West Texas Yates Field in the 1930s. Today, the firm actively counsels clients regarding the laws surrounding oil and gas production, finance, transportation and sales.

The attorneys of Cantey Hanger’s Energy Law Practice Area work with clients on key issues including domestic and international transactions; litigation and dispute resolution; and federal, state and local public and regulatory law. The firm has experience in negotiating, reviewing and documenting:

  • Exploration, Production and Operating Agreements
  • Financing of Energy Development Projects
  • Gas Balancing Agreements
  • Gas Purchasing and Processing Contracts
  • Leases and Concessions
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Pipelines, Easements and Right-of-way Agreements
  • Secured and Unsecured Lending Arrangements
  • Seismic, Drilling & Service Contracts

Cantey Hanger attorneys have arbitrated and tried cases involving almost every type of domestic and in­ternational dispute arising from the energy industry. We have appeared before domestic tribunals and un­der the rules of such organizations as the American Arbitration Association and the International Cham­ber of Commerce. We have represented clients on dis­putes involving:

  • Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes & Coverages
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Securities Litigation
  • Seismic and Real Property Environmental Impairment Claims
  • Royalty Disputes
  • Mineral Title Issues
  • Oilfield Accidents (personal injury and property damage)
  • Pooling Issues
  • Surface Use Issues
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Drilling Contacts

Our attorneys also represent clients in regulatory filings, ad­ministrative processes and hear­ings in state and federal regulato­ry agencies, as well as in appeals from regulatory decisions and orders. This practice  involves various levels of regulation from oil and gas production to clean air and water, utility licensing to toxic spills and cleanup. Our practice takes us before the:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Texas Railroad Commission

Real Estate

Real estate remains one of the most valuable and complex assets an individual, family or business can own.

Cantey Hanger recognizes the importance of staying on top of the changing landscape of real estate transactions, particularly in connection with the Dodd-Frank Act and the emergence of new approaches towards obtaining financing for real estate transactions. Our Real Estate practice group is comprised of seasoned professionals who can consistently navigate changes to real estate practices and procedures to facilitate routine or complex real estate transactions, including mixed-use developments, multi-family residential projects, commercial leases, oil and gas issues, and the multi-faceted financing issues surrounding transactions of this nature.

Our Real Estate practice group is proud to have some of the most experienced attorneys in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex in the unique fields of title insurance defense, eminent domain/condemnation actions, and environmental law. When real estate disputes occur, our trial lawyers have significant experience in representing commercial real estate developers, institutional and private lenders, title insurance companies, municipalities and utility companies, landlords, tenants, and corporate and private investors.

Our transactional and litigation attorneys remain active in providing our clients with services relating to loan workouts and restructuring, secured collateral realization, and related remedial matters, including deed in lieu of foreclosure transactions, and judicial and non-judicial foreclosures.

As a full service law firm, our Real Estate practice group is positioned well to proactively address related legal issues by collaborating with our colleagues within the firm’s business law, banking, energy, environmental, litigation, taxation, bankruptcy and public/regulatory practices. In addition to our offices in 2 convenient locations within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, our affiliation with Meritas® Law Firms Worldwide allows us to assist clients with the consummation of real estate transactions and the resolution of real estate issues anywhere in the State of Texas and other States and countries.

Areas of focus within our Real Estate practice group include:

  • Acquisitions
  • Condemnations
  • Condominium Law
  • Construction
  • Development
  • Dispositions
  • Eminent Domain/Property Rights
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing
  • Foreclosures
  • Land Use
  • Leasing
  • Management

Cantey Hanger attorneys counsel with and appear in court on behalf of an impressive array of clients in the public and private sectors, including commercial real estate development firms, financial institutions and public entities.

Family Law

Cantey Hanger’s experienced family law attorneys provide a broad range of services to clients, including divorce, complex property settlements, premarital and post-marital agreements, child custody, visitation, child support, paternity, and modifications and enforcements.

Our attorneys are committed to aggressive, but nuanced representation of our clients to achieve the best possible results through trial and appellate work, as well as through alternatives to litigation such as settlement conferences, mediation, and collaborative law.

Cantey Hanger is dedicated to resolving each client’s family law matter with courtesy, honesty, and professionalism.

Estate Planning

Business owners, entrepreneurs and executives each need sound legal strategies to protect their assets and plan for their family’s future.

Every client is unique and their legal documents should reflect their individual needs. Yet each has the same ultimate goal – to develop the best possible plan for protecting their family today and in the future. At Cantey Hanger, we provide a custom product for each and every client, tailoring our services to fit our clients’ unique personal and business situations.

The attorneys within Cantey Hanger’s Estate Planning & Probate practice are seasoned professionals with proven legal skills, complemented by their business and financial backgrounds. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience and a diversity of backgrounds to draw upon, including roles within international accounting firms, federal tax courts, universities and Fortune 100 companies. As a team, we have the ability to structure and implement a variety of wealth formation and protection transactions and devices, as well as to effectively facilitate dispute resolution.

Cantey Hanger attorneys are experienced in a wide variety of estate planning and probate matters including:

  • Asset Protection and Wealth Preservation
  • Business Entity Formation
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Employee Benefit Planning and Design
  • ERISA Reporting and Compliance
  • Federal Tax Controversies
  • Guardianships
  • International Trusts
  • Pre and Post Marital Planning
  • Probate and Probate Litigation
  • Taxation (Individuals and Businesses)
  • Trusts
  • Wills (Simple and Complex Estates)

Our attorneys counsel and appear in court on behalf of an array of clients, from highwealth, multi-generational families to individual entrepreneurs. We are experienced in guiding clients throughout the entire wealth continuum, from the “shoestring” start-up and organization phase through significant wealth creating exit strategies. Cantey Hanger works with clients to proactively identify potential areas of risk or controversy, and to develop the most effective solutions for addressing their individual circumstances and reaching their goal.