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Cynthia A. Nicholson

201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 4000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170-4000

504.569.1658 (direct line)
504.582.1121 (fax)

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Tulane University, J.D., 1980
H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, B.S., 1977
Bar Admissions
Louisiana (1980)
Practice Areas

Cynthia Nicholson’s practice is centered on oil and gas transactions with respect to lands located within the State of Louisiana as well as those located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). She regularly documents and negotiates acquisitions and divestitures of both onshore and offshore properties, and has extensive experience with many types of transaction structures including mergers, asset and stock acquisitions and sales. She regularly counsels clients on a wide range of regulatory issues and has extensive experience counseling clients on issues arising under OCS regulations. Throughout her career, Cynthia has also advised clients on the drafting and interpretation of mineral leases, operating agreements, participation agreements, unitization agreements, servitude agreements and other agreements used in the oil and gas industry.

A significant portion of Cynthia's practice is also dedicated to the analysis and review of complex land and leasehold titles. She has rendered hundreds of title opinions based on her examination of complex petroleum titles, and she regularly assists clients in the financing of such onshore and offshore properties. Cynthia represents clients before the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). She has assisted clients in obtaining mineral leases and rights-of-way on the OCS and in the creation of units approved by the BSEE.

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Professional Affiliations:

  • American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
  • Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL)
  • Professional Landmen's Association of New Orleans (PLANO)
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law and Oil and Gas Law (Since 2013)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Energy & Natural Resources (Since 2013)
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyers" - Energy Law (2015)
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Special Award by Petroleum Landmen's Association of New Orleans (2016)



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  • Risk-Fee Business: What You Need to Know About Recent Changes to the Louisiana Risk-Fee Statute

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