Tony Guerino is an energy and environmental trial lawyer who focuses his litigation and arbitration practice on resolving disputes related to oil and gas exploration and production. He has more than 20 years of experience as lead counsel in energy-related matters throughout the United States and major producing areas around the globe. His background as a petroleum engineer and executive with a large international oil & gas exploration and production company provides him with a deep understanding of the legal and technical issues relevant to the oil & gas industry. He brings strategic guidance and practical experience to his clients. He has been elected as a fellow of the Texas Bar, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas, and has been recognized as one of the world's leading energy lawyers in Energy Expert Guide. His extensive experience in energy litigation cases covers all the major substantive areas affecting the oil & gas industry:
• Contract disputes involving JOAs, MSAs, PSAs and related oil and gas agreements
• Oil and gas royalty disputes and other mineral lease issues
• Downhole well issues involving completions, specialty tools, casing and tubing matters
• Onshore and offshore oil and gas production issues
• NORM litigation involving surface and subsurface contamination
• MTBE litigation and arbitration
• Horizontal well issues (drilling, fracking and well completions)
• Underground trespass and groundwater contamination issues
In addition to his exploration and production experience, Tony also represents clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes and business torts. He routinely assists his clients to evaluate and monitor risk and liability concerns at the contract drafting and negotiation stage of domestic and international projects.
Oil and Gas Industry Knowledge and Experience
In addition to his proven courtroom and arbitration skills, Mr. Guerino is a petroleum and natural gas engineer who worked for a major exploration and production company, learning the technical and financial intricacies of the energy business prior to earning his law degree. This unique combination of petroleum engineering and legal skills, along with in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in the energy industry as an operations engineer, production engineer, reservoir engineer and positions in senior management responsible for onshore and offshore operations, makes Mr. Guerino one of Texas' go-to energy litigators. Mr. Guerino has represented major exploration & production companies, oilfield services companies, drilling companies, independent operators and pipeline companies in energy litigation and arbitrations around the country involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
Energy-Related Contract Disputes
Mr. Guerino has wide-ranging and varied experience in energy industry contract disputes including Joint Operating Agreements, Master Service Agreements, Purchase and Sale Agreements, Royalty Agreements, Production, Transportation and Storage Agreements, FPSO related agreements, Field Development Agreements, and other oil and gas industry agreements.
Property Contamination and Trespass (Fracking Issues)
Mr. Guerino represented an oil and gas operator against multimillion-dollar property contamination claims allegedly resulting from his client's oilfield operations and completion techniques, including fracking. After discovery of technical flaws and issues in the plaintiff's claims, Mr. Guerino was instrumental in having the case dismissed. Mr. Guerino has represented multiple companies with respect to horizontal drilling issues, including underground trespass and contamination claims.
Mr. Guerino has represented oil & gas equipment producers and suppliers, casing and tubing manufacturers, E&P companies, operators and working interest owners in cases involving a myriad of drilling issues, downhole operations, and oil and gas equipment failures. His strong technical knowledge of the energy industry is routinely used to his client's advantage in downhole oil and gas well matters.
Mr. Guerino has broad experience in the prosecution and defense of royalty claims. Most recently Mr. Guerino has represented E&P companies, company officers and individual royalty owners with respect to royalty disputes in the Eagle Ford shale involving claims valued at more than $700 million dollars throughout multiple Texas state courts.
Trade Secret Litigation
Mr. Guerino has litigated numerous matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, misappropriation, industrial espionage and employee raiding, both on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Through the benefit of his degree in engineering, coupled with his engineering experience, he has a deep understanding of his client's technology and competitive environments. Representative matters have involved highly specialized chemical plant, refinery equipment, and downhole oil & gas tools. He has experience in developing protocols to avoid misappropriating others' trade secrets related to the movement of senior level industry employees and in assisting clients who need to protect their trade secrets.
Areas of Concentration
• Oil and gas litigation (PSA's, JOA's, title issues, royalty disputes, down-hole operations, groundwater contamination, trespass, master service agreements, etc.)
• Upstream oil and gas industry operations
• Energy and energy services
• Royalty disputes
• Oil and gas contracts
• Domestic and international arbitrations
• Complex commercial litigation
Awards & Recognition
• Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
• Listed, Energy Expert Guide as one of World's Leading Lawyers (as chosen by peers), 2014 - 2015
• Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2004
Associated News & Events
11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
04.30.15 Eleven Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in Euromoney's 2015 ENERGY Expert Guide
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 ' Best Law Firms' List
06.17.13 Six Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in Euromoney's 2013 ENERGY Expert Guide
05.20.13 Greenberg Traurig Attains Multi-Million Dollar Oil and Gas Settlement
06.27.11 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Anthony M. Guerino II Elected a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
10.21.09 Greenberg Traurig Expands its Houston Office With the Addition of Anthony “ Tony” Guerino
Bar Fellowship: of Texas Bar
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Federal Bar Association
•Member, Houston Bar Association
•Oil, Gas and Mineral Section
•Member, International Bar Association
•Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
•Member, State Bar of Texas
•Active Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity