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Samuel E. Masur

Member
400 East Kaliste Saloom Road
Suite 4200
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508-8517

337.237.0132 (direct line)
337.237.3451 (fax)
smasur@gamb.law

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Education
Louisiana State University, J.D., 1982
University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1979
Bar Admissions
Louisiana (1982)
Practice Areas

Sam Masur concentrates his practice in the areas of oil and gas litigation, general commercial litigation, oil and gas titles, oil and gas and oil field service company acquisitions and divestitures, and general business acquisitions and divestitures.

In both Louisiana state and federal courts, Sam litigates oil and gas and general business contract disputes involving oil and gas leases, overriding royalty interest agreements, joint operating agreements, participation agreements, and partnership and limited liability agreements. He has participated in such actions in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Sam has successfully defended several oilfield environmental claims and toxic tort claims related to ambient air quality, and has prosecuted a major oil and gas fraud case involving theft of corporate assets and breach of fiduciary duty by corporate officers. He has also successfully defended a publicly traded company in seven class action suits that sought to enjoin a board recommended take-private merger. Additionally, he has handled products liability litigation involving propane explosions. Sam has testified twice in a private arbitration (Texas Brine Company, LLC v. Occidental Chemical Corporation, No. 69 198 129 13) as an expert in the custom and practices of the energy extraction industry.  

Beyond his litigation practice, Sam represents clients in the start-up phase of their new businesses and manages asset-based and stock-based acquisitions and divestitures for exploration companies, chemical companies, oil field service companies, allied health businesses, and minor league sports franchises. He negotiates and drafts the complex purchase and sale agreements for those transactions and provides advice on corporate and financing matters to those clients.


Representative Matters:

  • Obtained $1.2 Million arbitration award and defeated $250,000 counter claim for exploration company against drilling consultant in breach of contract and negligence case (September 2016)
  • Obtained $4.44 Million judgment at trial for a drilling company against an oil company in a breach of contract case (August 2015)
  • Represented sellers in sale of $64 million oilfield service company (February 2013)
  • Represented sellers in sale of $40 million oilfield service company (June 2011)
  • Represented exploration company in sale of $77 million of reserves (May 2010)
  • Represented seller in $95 million sale of producing oil and gas properties (March 2008)
  • Represented creditor in $75 million corporate refinance (April 2008)
  • Represented buyer in purchase of $19.75 million oil field service company (April 2008)
  • Represented buyer in purchase of $11.75 million oil field service company (January 2008)
  • Represented company in refinance of $50 million in corporate debt (November 2007)
  • Represented exploration company in acquisition of $110 million producing property package  (2007)
Representative Reported Cases:
  • Goodrich Petroleum Co., LLC v. MRC Energy Co., 137 So.3d 200 (La. App. 4 Cir. April 16, 2014, rehearing denied May 8, 2014)
  • NorAm Drilling Co. v. E & PCo Intern., LLC, 131 So.3d 926 (La. App. 2 Cir. December 11, 2013)
  • Tower Oil & Gas Co. of Texas v. Brammer Engineering, Inc., 2011 WL 3819093 (E.D. La. August 26, 2011)
  • Rozel Energy II, LLC v. Coupel, 2010 WL 2853760 (La. App. 1 Cir. June 3, 2010)
  • Meaux v. Miller, 33 So.3d 406 (La. App. 3 Cir. March 10, 2010)
  • Jeansonne v. New York Life Ins. Co., 11 So.3d 1160 (La. App. 3 Cir. May 20, 2009)
  • Meaux v. Miller, 999 So.2d 281 (La. App. 3 Cir. December 10, 2008)
  • Gulf Explorer v. Clayton Williams Energy, 964 So.2d 1042 (La. App. 1 Cir. June 8, 2007)
  • Credeur v. Jayco, Inc., 916 So.2d 1244 (La. App. 3 Cir. November 2, 2005)
  • Dore Energy Corp. v. Carter-Langham, Inc., 901 So.2d 1238 (La. App. 3 Cir. May 4, 2005)
  • Palace Exploration Co. v. Louisiana Exploration and Drilling Co., 812 So.2d 100 (La. App. 5 Cir. February 13, 2002)
  • Wilson Industries, Inc. v. Aviva America, Inc., 185 F.3d 492 (5th Cir. (La.) August 30, 1999)
  • Breese v. Hadson Petroleum (USA), Inc., 947 F.Supp. 242 (M.D. La. July 10, 1996)
  • New Iberia Bancorp, Inc. v. Schwing, 664 So.2d 784 (La. App. 3 Cir. December 6, 1995, writ denied February 28, 1996)
  • Hunt v. Schult Homes Corp., 657 So.2d 124 (La. App. 3 Cir. May 3, 1995)
  • Preston Oil Co. v. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp., 594 So.2d 908 (La. App. 1 Cir. December 27, 1991)
Published Works & Presentations:
  • Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act and the Effect of Bankruptcy Proceedings on a Claimant's Rights - Gordon Arata Seminar, August 4, 2016
  • Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act and the Effect of Bankruptcy Proceedings on a Claimant's Rights – Gordon Arata Seminar, June 16, 2016
  • Approval of New State Lease Form Delayed (Gordon Arata "Drill Deeper" Blog - December 8, 2015)
  • Louisiana Mineral Board Seeks Comments to Proposed New Lease Form (Gordon Arata "Drill Deeper" Blog - November 24, 2015)
  • LIEN on Me: Are You Privileged (LAGCOE 2015 - Lafayette, Louisiana - October 27, 2015)
  • A Litigator's Perspective on the Purchase and Sale Agreement (Institute for Energy Law's Mergers & Acquisitions/Acquisitions & Divestiture Conference - May 29, July 2014)
  • Due Diligence in the Acquisition of Producing Properties (LAPL – Lafayette, Louisiana – 2002)
  • The Electronic Age and Oil and Gas Contracting, 48 Min. Law Inst. 244 (2001)
  • Confidentiality Issues and Solutions for the Oil Patch (LAPL – Lafayette, Louisiana -2001)
  • Operating in the Coastal Zone – What Does it Mean for the Landman (LAPL – Lafayette, Louisiana -October 1998)
  • Confidentiality Agreements: A Why, When and How Approach to Usage (HAPL – Houston, Texas – September 1997)
  • The Art of Due Diligence (The Exploration and Production Company Mergers and Acquisitions Institute – Houston Texas – May 1997)
  • Reflections on Seismic Permitting (DAPL – Denver, Colorado – November, 1997; PLANO – Beaver Creek, Colorado – February 1996; LAPL - Lafayette , Louisiana – October 1995)
  • The 1989 AAPL Model Form Operating Agreement (September 1990 – Lafayette Bar Association - Lafayette, Louisiana)
Professional Affiliations:
 
  • Institute for Energy Law - Arbitrators List
  • Member AAA National Energy Panel
  • Member AAA Commercial Panel of Arbitrators
  • American Bar Association - Litigation, Business Law, Environment, Energy, and Resources Sections
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association
  • American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
  • Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen (LAPL)
Honors:  
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers - Oil & Gas (Since 2009)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Energy Law and Oil & Gas Law (Since 2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell - Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources
  • Acadiana Profile Magazine "Top Lawyers" - Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law; Commercial Litigation (Since 2013)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Inns of Court of Acadiana – Master


   
 




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