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Martin Garrett

Garrett S. Martin

Garrett Martin is a creative, solution-oriented litigator with nationwide experience representing clients in a variety of disputes, both in and outside energy. The majority of Garrett’s practice centers on representing clients in all facets of the oil and gas industry. His deep knowledge of both upstream and midstream issues allows Garrett to talk with clients on their own terms about their most pressing concerns, while also simplifying the most complex industry matters into digestible content for judges and juries. Garrett has particular experience in complex procedures as they relate to industry issues, including mass and class royalty actions in multiple federal and state courts. And Garrett regularly leverages his insights to assist clients in operational issues, mitigating risk even before litigation arises.

Beyond his significant experience in core oil-and-gas disputes, Garrett has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including fiduciary litigation, breach-of-contract disputes, financial litigation, wrongful death, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims. Garrett’s courtroom experience is extensive and beyond his years. Garrett’s business-centric approach to solution finding has earned him a reputation as an “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA in Oil and Gas Litigation - Nationwide and “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021-2023.

 
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  • In the 96th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas, representing producer client in multi-district litigation by plaintiffs alleging royalty underpayment.
  • In the United States District Court for the Western District of North Dakota, represented producer client in putative class action alleging royalty underpayment on oil royalties in North Dakota.
  • In the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, represented producer client in putative class action alleging gas royalty underpayment on leasehold in Oklahoma.
  • In the Supreme Court of North Dakota and the District Court of McKenzie County, North Dakota, representing producer client in alleged royalty underpayment claims by the State of North Dakota.
  • In the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, representation of midstream company in adversary proceeding to uphold its gas gathering agreements with bankrupt producer.
  • In the Supreme Court of Texas and Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth, successfully overturning adverse summary judgment and defending reverse-and-render judgment for producer client in in drilling-commitment and lease-termination case.
  • In the 96th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas, representing producer client in multi-district litigation by plaintiffs alleging royalty underpayment.
  • In the 112th Judicial District of Upton County, Texas, representing operator against non-operating working interest owner for breach of Joint Operating Agreement.
  • In the 96th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas, represented producer client in joint development dispute, negotiating a favorable settlement.
  • Arbitration in Denver Colorado, represented producer client in purported royalty class action, negotiating a favorable settlement.
  • In the United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Mississippi, represented commodities trader in disputed bankruptcy.
  • In the District Court of Rogers County, State of Oklahoma, representation of midstream company in force majeure dispute following Winter Storm Uri.
  • In the 412th Judicial District of Brazoria County, Texas, represented producer in dispute.
  • Member, Institute for Energy Law’s Young Energy Professional Council
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Institute for Energy Law’s (IEL) Leadership Class
  • Chair of Tarrant County Bar Association Environmental Section
  • Cliburn 180 Advisory Board Member
  • University of Texas Vis Moot Arbitration Team Coach
  • Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021-2023
  • Recognized in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, 2022
  • Listed in The Legal 500 U.S., Legalese, 2022
  • Recognized by Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2021-2022
  • Tarrant County's Top Attorneys, Fort Worth, Texas, 2016, 2018
  • To Have or Have Not—Oil and Gas Operating with and without an Operating Agreement, Co-Presenter and Co-Author, Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law’s 68th Annual Natural Resources and Energy Law Institute, Vail, Colorado, July 2022.
  • The Pendulum Swings – Regulatory Impacts on Energy Development and Litigation, Co-Presenter, Institute for Energy Law’s 20th Annual Energy Litigation Conference, Houston, Texas, November 2021.
  • Hydrocarbon Development Under the Biden Administration: Navigating the Energy Policy Shift, Co-Presenter, Institute for Energy Law’s 5th National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference, Austin, Texas, October 2021.
  • “Lessor, May I? – Ramifications of Consent-to-Assign Provisions,” presenter, Houston Association of Professional Landmen’s 51st Annual Technical Workshop, Houston, Texas, September 22, 2020.
  • "The Risk of Prematurely Forming a Binding Contract in the Age of Email," co-author, Landman Magazine, March/April 2018.
  • “Use of the Special Warranties in Texas Oil and Gas Transactions,” presenter, Dallas Bar Association, January 2018.
  • “Application of the Accommodation Doctrine to Water Rights,” presenter, Fort Worth Bar Association, January 2017.

Education

J.D., International Commercial Arbitration and Investor-State Arbitration, University of Texas School of Law, 2014, Editor-in-Chief, Texas International Law Journal; Editor, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2010, with honors

Clerkships

Law Clerk/Intern/Extern to the Honorable Justice Debra Lehrmann, 2014-2015

Languages

French

Admissions

Texas

Press Release
Garrett Martin Named to Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy
November 04, 2022

Haynes and Boone, LLP Associate Garrett Martin has been selected as a member of the 2022-2023 Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) Leadership Academy. Founded in 1937, the HYLA is a bar association for Houston law students and young lawyers ages 36 and under who have practiced for fewer than five years. With nearly 2,000 members, the association’s mission is to help its members learn, lead, ne [...]