Harris Stamey’s practice consists of complex oil and gas and commercial litigation cases with a focus on disputes in state and federal courts in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. He has assisted both publicly traded and independent upstream exploration and production companies, mid-stream gatherers and processors, mid-size corporations, local companies, partnerships, operators, non-operators, lessees, lessors, non-participating mineral interest (NPRI) owners, and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants.

Harris litigates complex purchase and sale agreements, title disputes, and royalty disputes in the active shale plays in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana (including post production cost issues, continuous drilling issues, lease preservation issues, compliance with unit agreements, bona fide purchaser claims, failure to develop claims, disputes over allocation wells, and disputes with NPRI owners). He also litigates disputes over joint operating agreements, joint development and area of mutual interest (AMI) agreements, joint interest billings, offshore lease obligations, pipeline imbalances, and authority for expenditure (AFE) disputes between operators and non-operators. In addition, Harris assists out-of-state and international clients in pursuing special appearances to contest personal jurisdiction in Texas.

Honors & Recognitions

Texas Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2016-2019

  • Board Certified - Oil Gas Mineral



J.D., South Texas College of Law, magna cum laude, 2007

Order of the Lytae
Officer and Director for the Board of Advocates
South Texas Law Review, Member
Two-time semi-finalist in the J. Braxton Craven National Moot Court Competition; quarter-finalist in the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

B.A., Vanderbilt University, Economics and Spanish, 2003



United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas


Media Mentions


State Bar of Texas, Member

American Bar Association, Litigation Section Member

Houston Bar Association, Member