Michelle Scheffler

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2006, magna cum laude; Order of the Barons; Notes and Comments Editor, Houston Law Review

B.S., University of Houston, 2003, summa cum laude; Dean’s list

Admissions

Texas, 2006

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Profile

Michelle Scheffler is a solutions-oriented trial lawyer who counsels clients in complex commercial litigation matters. While Michelle’s practice focuses primarily on clients in the oil and gas industry, she also handles trial and appellate matters in a wide variety of fields involving contract disputes, property rights and business torts. Michelle regularly represents clients in multimillion-dollar lawsuits in both state and federal courts across the country.

In her oil and gas practice, Michelle represents major integrated oil and gas companies, privately-owned independents and equity investors in a wide range of matters including cases arising under operating agreements, lease termination disputes, royalty litigation, and complex title disputes. Michelle also provides pre-litigation counsel to her oil and gas clients, and advises on litigation risk for oil and gas transactions.

Additionally, during her time seconded to the commercial litigation group of one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, Michelle gained not only subject-matter experience, but unique insight into in-house counsel and business concerns, making her a more effective advocate for her clients.

Michelle takes a common-sense, business-oriented approach to each case whether it requires a strongly-negotiated settlement, or the aggressive defense or prosecution of her client’s claims. Her experience continues to be recognized by clients and colleagues. Michelle was profiled as one of the leading Energy Litigation lawyers in the United States by U.S. Legal 500, Legalease (2016), and has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Hot Under 40” List, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (2017-2018) and Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters (2016).

Selected Client Representations

  • Representing operator in title dispute pending in Upton County, Texas. (2018)
  • Representing operator in lease termination and underpayment of royalty claims pending in Tarrant County, Texas. (2018)
  • Representing non-operating working interest owner in partner dispute under Participation Agreement, pending in Dallas County, Texas. (2018)
  • Representing operator against non-operating working interest owner for breach of Joint Operating Agreement, pending in Upton County, Texas. (2018)
  • In the Second Judicial Circuit of West Virginia; Obtained summary judgment for international oil and gas company in complex title case affirming client’s title to mineral interests in Tyler, County West Virginia. (2016) Summary judgment was then affirmed by the Supreme Court of West Virginia. (2017)
  • In the District Court of Robertson County, Texas; Defense of international oil and gas company in area of mutual interest claim. (2017)
  • In the District Court of Harris County, Texas; Prosecuted breach of contract, fraudulent transfer, and related claims against various suppliers on behalf of international oil and gas services company. (2017)
  • Advised international oil and gas company regarding preferential rights issues, avoiding costly litigation. (2017)
  • Advised international oil and gas company regarding preferential rights issues in the context of proposed transaction. (2017)
  • In the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; Obtained summary judgment for oil and gas clients on area of mutual interest claim. (2016)
  • In the District Court of Harris County, Texas; Defense of international oil and gas company in dispute over alleged farmout brokerage agreement. (2016)
  • In the District Court for Arapahoe County, Colorado; Defense of producer in lease termination dispute. (2014)

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized on the "Under 40 Hot List," Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC,  2017
  • Profiled as one of the leading Energy Litigation lawyers in the United States, The US Legal 500, Legalease, 2016
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2016

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Energy, Oil and Gas Update,” speaker, TexasBarCLE’s Advanced Civil Trial Course 2018, Houston, Texas, October 24, 2018.
  • “The Evolving Law of Lease Termination,” presenter, client presentation, February 23, 2017; June 27, 2016.
  • “When the Top May Not be the Best: The Evolving Law of Oil and Gas Lease Termination,” presenter, 12th Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium, February 10, 2017.
  • “The Ten Commandments of Drafting and Enforcing Indemnity Clauses and Additional Insured Provisions,” presenter, Case in Point Webinar Series, August 8, 2017.
  • “Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Statutes,” presenter, client presentation March 29, 2017.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow and Member of Nominating Committee, District 4
  • Texas Diversity Council, Board of Directors
  • Institute for Energy Law, Young Energy Professionals Member
  • Women’s Energy Network
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2014-2016

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