Jonathan A. Hunter: Lawyer with Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

Jonathan A. Hunter

Phone(504) 556-4131

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Practice Areas

  • Energy Litigation
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law
Contact InfoTelephone: (504) 556-4131
Fax: (504) 556-4108
University Yale University, B.A., 1983
Law SchoolLouisiana State University, J.D., 1987 Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
Admitted1988, Louisiana
BornNew Orleans, Louisiana, 1961

Mr. Hunter represents oil and gas companies. His practice includes litigation before federal and state courts and agencies, statutory and regulatory counseling, and contract preparation and review.

As leader of the firm's federal oil and gas practice area, Mr. Hunter provides advice and representation pertaining to the major federal statutes and regulations governing oil and gas activities on federal lands. These include the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Mineral Leasing Act, the False Claims Act, the Oil Pollution Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act, the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act, the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Foreign Investment and National Security Act, and related regulations. Mr. Hunter has represented federal lessees in numerous judicial proceedings, including actions brought pursuant to the False Claims Act, actions for judicial review of final Interior Department decisions, challenges to federal regulations, and actions for immediate injunctive relief. In addition, he has defended federal oil and gas lessees in more than 150 administrative appeals relating to royalty claims, lease suspensions, lease maintenance, operational requirements, Incidents of Noncompliance (INCs), and civil penalty assessments.

Mr. Hunter's experience also extends to oil and gas issues arising under state law, including the interpretation of joint operating agreements, payment of royalties, lease maintenance, lease development, assignment of lease interests, and intrastate pipeline regulatory matters. He has tried royalty, contract, and expropriation disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration.

Honors & Affiliations

Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2014

The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2015

•Tulane University Law School - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, 2001-2008 (Oil and Gas Law; Federal Offshore Oil & Gas Law)

•Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Instructor, Navigating The Complex Regulatory World Of Offshore Leases (2014)

•Louisiana Mineral Law Institute Advisory Council (2008-present)

•Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation: Treasurer, 2007-2009; Executive Committee 2005-2009; Trustee-at-Large, 2002-2007; Co-Chair and Lecturer, Short Course on Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing and Development, 2003-present; Co-Chair, Special Institute on Oil and Gas Development on the Outer Continental Shelf, April 2002

•New Orleans, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations - Member

Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2014

Best Lawyers' 2013 New Orleans Energy Law Lawyer of the Year


•Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Short Course on Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing and Development, Co-Chair and Presenter (Setting the Legal Framework: The OCSLA, Continuing Issues of Federal/State Authority, and the Role of the Department of the Interior; Adjacent State Law as Surrogate Federal Law for the OCS; Lease Suspensions; Assignments and Transfers of Offshore Leases; Liability of Predecessors, Successors and Assigns; Current Offshore Leasing Litigation Topics), 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013

•Searching For A Square Corner: A Royalty Lawyer's Look At Valuation, Ethics, and Legal Advice, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Federal and Indian Royalty Valuation and Management, February 2004

•Practice Under the Deepwater Royalty Relief Act, The Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen, Houston, 2003

•Offshore Gumbo: NTLs, FPSOs, OMM, MMS - 2005, OSFR, DWWR, SOOs, SOPs, Etc. - Current Offshore Regulatory and Due Diligence Issues For The Land Professional, AAPL Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2000

•Lease Maintenance After the Primary Term, 41st Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, 1994


•What Happened To Fair Notice? Federal Oil And Gas Lessees, Due Process, And Retroactive Changes To The Rules Of The Game (with Sarah Y. Dicharry), 65th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference of the Institute of Energy Law, February 2014

•OCS Update, 57th Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, 2010

•From the Thin Air to the Deep Water: Emerging Federal Royalty Issues, 55th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, 2009, From President Truman To Governor Blanco: The Continuing Saga Of Federal-State Revenue Sharing, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute On Federal And Indian Oil And Gas Royalty Valuation And Management, March 2007

•View From The Platform-The Coastal States' Impacts On The Federal Offshore Leasing Program, 58th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference of the Institute for Energy Law, February 2007

•Operator Liability in the 21st Century: Is Being in Charge Still Worth It?(with Cheryl Kornick), 51st Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, 2005

•ABA Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (Louisiana Law Section), Year In Review 1997-1999

Louisiana Royalty Disputes, Nat. Resources and Env't., Vol. 12, No. 1, 1997

Reported CasesSignificant Decisions Include: Love v. Motiva Enterprises LLC, 349 Fed. Appx. 900 (5th Cir. 2009) (dismissal of same sex, sexual harassment and retaliation claims on summary judgment); Noorani v. Motiva Enterprises LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112417 (E.D. La. 2009) (dismissal of race / national origin discrimination claim on summary judgment); Hardy v. Shell Chemical LP, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69380 and 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17943 (E.D. La. 2010) (dismissal of age discrimination and retaliation claims on summary judgment); Marcella v. Ochsner Health System, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114883 (E.D. La. 2010) (dismissal of claim for employee benefits for failure to exhaust administrative remedies under ERISA); Altier v. Worley Catastrophe Response, et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49429 (E.D. La. 2011) (dismissal of FLSA claims against alleged joint employer on 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss); Marcella v. Ochsner Health System, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120863 (E.D. 2011) (dismissal of ERISA claim for benefits on summary judgment); McClung v. Shell Chemical LP, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138115 (M.D. La. 2012) (dismissal of age, sex, and race discrimination claims on summary judgment); Pegasus Int'l v. Champagne, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163604, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 163620, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163682 (W.D. La. 2012) (enforcement of arbitration agreements and stay of litigation pending arbitration)

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Jonathan A. Hunter

701 Poydras Street, Suite 5000
New OrleansLA 70139


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