- Energy and Natural Resources Law
|Contact Info||Telephone: (337) 232-7424|
Fax: (337) 267-2399
|University ||Northwestern State University, B.S., 1993|
|Law School||Louisiana State University, J.D., 1996 Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review, Senior Editor, 1995-1996|
|Born||Natchitoches, Louisiana, 1971|
Mr. Rhymes is a member of the firm's oil and gas transactional and oil and gas litigation practice groups.
His extensive litigation experience focuses on environmental claims arising from production and handling of hydrocarbons, and also includes experience in almost all areas of litigation related to oil and gas production and transportation. His role in environmental litigation includes working closely with experts in the areas of hydrogeology, geology, environmental risk assessment, human risk assessment, and geochemistry.
He has prepared title examinations on property in both North and South Louisiana, including preparing both drillsite and division order title opinions. He also advises clients on oil and gas industry regulations, oil and gas lease provisions and maintenance and other practical aspects of drilling for and producing oil and gas in Louisiana. He has drafted and negotiated various contracts and agreements, including surface and subsurface leases, mineral leases, operating agreements, subleases, assignments of leases and overriding royalties. He has also handled midstream contracts, such as firm long term transportation agreements and NAESB contracts.
Mr. Rhymes is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen, and the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. He is the President of the Lafayette Federal Bar Association, and also belongs to the American Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
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