Mr. Lapeze is a member of the firm's oil and gas practice group. His practice focuses mainly on representing companies on a wide variety of oil and gas matters. Mr. Lapeze has handled litigation matters in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitration and before a number of state regulatory agencies. These matters arise primarily from upstream oil and gas operations, including development and royalty demands on operators, expropriation actions, and land ownership disputes. Mr. Lapeze has extensive experience in handling a variety of environmental and land damage claims, including environmental claims relating to oilfield operations, underground storage tanks, and NORM.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Lapeze provides advice and representation to clients on drafting and interpreting oil and gas agreements, payment of royalties, lease maintenance, lease development, assignment of lease interests, and obligations of operators and mineral rights owners.
Mr. Lapeze is licensed in both Louisiana and Texas. Prior to joining Liskow & Lewis, Mr. Lapeze practiced with a large firm in Houston, Texas. He earned his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as senior editor on the Louisiana Law Review.
•“Louisiana Legacy Update,” Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Seminar, Houston, Texas, October 2013
•“Louisiana Oil and Gas Law Update”, LAPL Spring 2013 Educational Seminar, Lafayette, Louisiana, May 2013
•“Louisiana Oil and Gas Law Update” 60th Mineral Law Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 2013
•“Maintenance and Obligations of Mineral Servitudes”, New Orleans Bar Association Oil & Gas Section Presentation, May 2012
• Provisions of Newly Promulgated Act 312 Relating to Oil Field Legacy Sites
•In the Matter of Gandy: Enforcing Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Proceedings, The Houston Lawyer, November 2002, Vol. 40, No. 3
•Comment, Implications of Amending Civil Code Article 2315 on Toxic Torts in Louisiana, 60 La. L.Rev. 833 (2000)