Robert Thibault


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J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1978

B.A., Boston College, 1974


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Robert Thibault is counsel in the Energy Practice Group in the Denver office of Haynes and Boone. He represents clients in energy law and commercial litigation matters, including domestic and international oil and gas transactions, as well as oil and gas and administrative agency litigation.

Licensed in Texas and Colorado and with an active practice in Texas, the federal offshore and in the Rocky Mountain Region, Bob represents the full range of energy companies involved in highly technical energy disputes, emphasizing the use of engineering and scientific experts in combination with the relevant administrative and regulatory environment. He has litigated, as well as advised on a wide range of matters involving royalty payments, gas sales and purchases contracts, lease operations and termination, and gas processing plants and storage facilities.

Bob also represents clients in negotiating and drafting the full range of acquisition and operational documents for domestic and international oil and gas transactions. He has directly managed the acquisition and sale of participating equity interests in international concessions, including final government approvals and appurtenant legislation, located in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa, the Middle East (Jordan), Eastern Europe (Hungary) and Australia.

Previously, Bob served as Senior Attorney in the Legal Department of Texaco Inc., representing the company in complex litigation in civil litigation, arbitration and mediation and providing advice on transactional matters. He represented the company before federal and state courts of all levels and before administrative agencies, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, formerly the Minerals Management Service of the Department of Interior, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Texas Railroad Commission. Bob also managed a multi-regional litigation team responsible for handling suits and arbitrations in all states outside of the Gulf and West Coasts.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Corporate Law, 2013-2020


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Haynes and Boone Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2020

Best Lawyers in America 2020 has featured more than 100 Haynes and Boone lawyers in its annual referral guide of outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2019

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Selected Publications and Speeches

Articles and Publications

  • "Hiding in Plain View," co-author, World Pipelines, October 2017.
  • "New Versus Old West: Post-Production Costs in the Rocky Mountain Region, The Current Status of Treatment of Post-Production Cost Deductions from Gas Royalties in the Rocky Mountain Region,"The Landman, publication of the Association of American Petroleum Landmen, January/February 2013.
  • "BSEE Issues Draft Policy Statement Implementing Safety Culture for Regulated Activities on the OCS," Client Update, December 26, 2012.
  • "The Post-Macondo World of Litigation, Regulation and Transactions: No Longer Business as Usual," Oil, Gas and Energy Law Journal, published December 2012.
  • "BSEE Further Entrenches Its Claimed Extension of Jurisdiction to Service Contractors Operating on the OCS," Client Update, August 27, 2012.
  • "The Post-Macondo World of Litigation, Regulation and Transactions: No Longer Business as Usual," the Institute of Energy Law, Annual Conference on Oil and Gas Law, February 2012.
  • "BSEE Asserts Jurisdiction Over Offshore Oil and Gas Service Companies," Client Update, December 8, 2011.
  • "New Offshore Enforcement Bureau Now on the Beat," Client Update, October 3, 2011.
  • "Are Today’s International Model Operating Agreements Looking Far Enough Into Tomorrow? Operator Liability For Major Spill or Blowout Incidents," Paper for International Oil, Gas and Mining Institute, Rio de Janeiro, April 5, 2011.
  • "ENERGY/ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ALERT: Potential Criminal Liability Awaits Chief Executive Officers of Oil and Gas Operators on the Outer Continental Shelf," PB Oil and Gas Newsletter, June 14, 2010.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Financial Security Requirements for P&A, Decommissioning on OCS Leases: 800-Pound Gorilla is Dormant for Now,” speaker, 13th Annual Ryder Scott Reserves Conference, Houston, TX, September 21, 2017.
  • “Growing Trends in Subsurface Rights and Trespass Arising from Fracing and Horizontal Drilling,” presenter, The Midland Branch of The Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers’ Chapter Luncheon Meeting, Midland, Texas, May 10, 2017.
  • "6th Oilfield Services Law Conference," Panel Member, The Center for American and International Law, Houston, Texas, October 11, 2016.
  • "Disputes over Sub-Surface Rights and Trespass Arising From Fracing and Horizontal Drilling," North Dakota Annual State Bar Meeting of the Real Estate and Probate Section, Bismark, North Dakota, December 6, 2013.
  • "BSEE’s Extension of Jurisdiction to Service Companies and Equipment Suppliers: the Perfect Regulatory Storm," Haynes and Boone LLP Round Table to industry participants, Houston, Texas, October 1, 2013.
  • "Minimizing Liability in Disputes over Water and Surface Rights Arising from Horizontal Drilling Activities," Panel Member and Presenter, American Conference Institute’s 2nd National Forum on Oil & Gas Litigation, Houston, Texas, September 12, 2013.
  • "BSEE’s Extension of Jurisdiction to Service Companies and Equipment Suppliers: the Perfect Regulatory Storm," Professional Equipment Suppliers Association (“P.E.S.A”), Quarterly Meeting, Houston, Texas, March 26, 2013.
  • "The Impact of BSEE's Extension of Direct Regulation to Service Companies," National Ocean Industries Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March 15, 2012.
  • "The Post-Macondo World of Litigation, Regulation and Transactions," Institute of Energy Law, Annual Conference, Houston, TX, February 15, 2012.
  • "Operator Liability for Massive Spill Accidents under International Operator Agreements," International Mining, Oil and Gas Institute, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the International Base Association, Rio de Janeiro, BR, April 4, 2011.

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