Lloyd Michael Hamilton v. ConocoPhillips Co. and Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. L.P., 267th Judicial District, District Court of DeWitt County, Texas, 2021

Successfully represented one of the world's largest publicly traded energy companies against a landowner claiming a breach of an oil and gas lease's implied covenant to accommodate the landowner's use of his surface. The alleged existing use was habitat for a rare cat, a jaguarundi, which is listed on the US endangered species list and thought to be extinct in Texas. Before trial, the landowner obtained a temporary injunction against the drilling of 12 wells, sidelining over $100 million for drilling the wells. At trial, the landowner sought to make the temporary injunction permanent as well as actual and punitive damages. Temporary injunction dissolved, permanent injunction denied, and judgment entered in favor of the company.