Andrew Raber’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on oil and gas disputes. He has represented clients in both state and federal courts, including bankruptcy and appellate courts. Andrew has also successfully arbitrated high-dollar arbitrations involving international trade and energy development issues. 

Andrew has experience litigating various upstream and midstream contract disputes, title and royalty disputes, and complex products liability cases and has represented clients with oil and gas operations in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Wyoming, the Gulf of Mexico, and South America.

Prior to joining the firm, Andrew served in the US Army JAG Corps where he successfully prosecuted numerous cases, including jury trials. In addition to his role as trial counsel, Andrew also served as the legal advisor to numerous Army Commands both stateside and while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Credentials

Education

US Army JAG School, Charlottesville, VA

J.D., South Texas College of Law, cum laude

Member, South Texas Law Review
Top 5% of graduating class

B.A., Furman University, cum laude, English

Admissions

Texas

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit

Clerkships

  • Briefing Attorney, the Honorable Justice Brett Busby, Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals

Experience

ENERGY LITIGATION

  • Represented producer in Pinedale Anticline, Wyoming, in bankruptcy adversary proceedings related to calculation of net profits payments and allocation disputes
  • Represented a top five oil exploration and production company in suit brought by royalty trust alleging underpayment of royalties
  • Represented large offshore producer following catastrophic failure of downhole production tubing
  • Represented exploration and production company in international arbitration involving Farm Out Agreement and operations in South America
  • Represented large international oil and gas producer in several lawsuits involving alleged underpayment of royalties and impermissible deductions in the Eagle Ford basin
  • Represented Louisiana producer in bankruptcy adversary proceedings, including appeals to the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in dispute over plugging and abandonment liabilities
  • Represented deep-water engineering consulting firm in partnership dispute and buy-out
  • Represented producer in Eagle Ford basin in suit related to calculation of royalties and permissible deductions for cost of production
  • Represented Louisiana producer in bankruptcy adversary proceedings involving geologist’s right to overriding royalty interests pursuant to Participation Agreement
  • Represented Fort Worth-based oil and gas company in suit brought by royalty owners alleging fraud after decline in production resulted in lower royalty payments
  • Represented Fort Worth-based oil and gas company to recover amounts improperly charged by mid-stream gas gathering and transportation company
  • Represented royalty owners in suit against operator and mineral lessee to collect underpaid royalties in Webb County, Texas
  • Represented a top five oil exploration and production company in royalty dispute in Dewitt County, Texas

BUSINESS LITIGATION

  • Represented large chemical and plastics manufacturer after vendor’s defective equipment failed, causing catastrophic damage to petro-chemical facility in Florida
  • Represented buyer of medical PPE in arbitration to recover millions paid to supplier after product was not delivered
  • Represented fuel trading company in suit to collect unpaid invoices
  • Represented Guarantor of commercial real estate lease in suit to recover unpaid rent and other fees
  • Represented architectural firm in arbitration involving alleged design and construction defects of large luxury high-rise condominium
  • Represented Grains Research and Development Corp. in patent infringement litigation against BASF Plan Sciences and Cargill Inc.
  • Represented large midstream company in suit involving injuries sustained by contractor at West Texas facility

APPELLATE

  • Sanare Energy Partners, L.L.C. v. PetroQuest Energy, L.L.C, No. 21-20677 (Fifth Cir.) –  Represented appellee in appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Sofoli Investments LLC, et. al v. Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare Services (USA), Inc., 04-21-00199-CV, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals (San Antonio) – Represented appellant in restricted appeal of default judgment against active duty Service member
  • Shannon McClary and Tina McClary v. Harvest Fuels, LLC, 09-19-00980-CV, Texas First Court of Appeals (Houston) – Represented appellee in appeal of trial court’s denial of special appearance
  • Olivares v. Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP, No. 05-22-00057-CV, Texas Fifth Court of Appeals (Dallas) – Prepared amicus curiae brief on behalf of industrial service company

INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS & SHAREHOLDER DEMANDS

  • Investigation of energy company’s related-party transactions in connection with Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Investigation of industrial service company’s billing and operational practices
  • Respond to Shareholder inspection demands pursuant to Delaware Code Section 220

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Affiliations

State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section

Houston Bar Association, Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section and Appellate Law Section

Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member

Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy, 2016