With nearly two decades of experience in energy law, Sara Mouledoux Glover serves as counsel in Haynes and Boone’s Energy Litigation Practice Group. Sara has spent her career supporting operational needs in the oil patch and litigating and resolving disputes between lessors and lessees, operators and working interest partners, royalty owners and producers, and service providers and operators.
Sara has advised clients on matters involving surface right issues, unleased owners and cotenants, joint operating agreements, title issues, master services agreements, indemnity obligations, legacy environmental contamination, preferential rights and well control responses. On behalf of her clients, she has also drafted and negotiated transactional documents for various acquisitions, divestures, acreage swaps and carry and earning agreements often designing unique deal structures in tight capital environments. Sara’s practical approach in supporting her clients’ goals balanced against their risk tolerance has resulted in many accretive acreage acquisitions and trades with due consideration to acceptable title and lease issues. Geographically, Sara’s practice has encompassed the major U.S. shale plays, onshore and offshore Louisiana and Texas, the Gulf of Mexico and even the Bass Straights off the coast of Australia.
Sara spent the most recent six years of her practice serving as in-house counsel for one of the largest independent shale producers in the U.S. and led the legal team that supported the client’s transition of its portfolio from gas to liquids. In addition to supporting and advising on transformative transactions for the company, Sara played a pivotal role in directing risk assessments in new basins and guiding requisite operational decisions. While in-house, Sara implemented multiple trainings and educational seminars for various Land, Accounting, Midstream, Marketing and Engineering teams covering topics such as mineral law for engineers, acreage dedications, marketing provisions and royalty deductions, Texas royalty issues, common lease issues in custom Texas lease forms, retained acreage clauses, and implied covenants.
Sara’s professional recognition includes being named Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2014; Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2014; and AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Selected Publications and Speeches
- Risk- Fee Business: What You Need to Know About Recent Changes to the Louisiana Risk Fee Statute, Gordon Arata Duck Lunch Seminar (October 2012).
- A Primer on Overriding Royalties, 57th Annual Institute on Mineral Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University (March 2010).
- Cause I'm the Taxman: Louisiana's Ad Valorem Tax Litigation Against Exploration and Production Companies (October 2009).
- Implied Covenants of the Modern Mineral Lease, Professional Landmen Association of New Orleans Executive Night Seminar (February 2009).
J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2003
B.A., University of Mississippi, 2000
Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Jay C. Zainey, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2003-2004
Haynes and Boone, LLP Counsel Sara Mouledoux Glover talked with Law360 about the changing regulatory environment and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote cleaner energy technologies in the oil and gas industry and the effect on long-term project development. Below is an excerpt: Drilling activity slowed considerably during the pandemic-exacerbated oil price plunge but is startin [...]