Oil & Gas

Bishop & Heintz offers comprehensive oil and gas legal services for both independent producers and owners of large tracts in Michigan through several attorneys. The senior attorney through whom such services are offered, either primarily or in consultation with other firm attorneys, has nearly forty years of experience in the oil and gas arena. The firm also offers services on an ad hoc basis for businesses and individuals having specific legal concerns involving oil and gas issues.

The firm's oil and gas services include:

  • Farmout, Joint Venture and Operating Agreement negotiation and drafting for leasehold acquisition, exploration, drilling and production operations.
  • Asset purchase and sales agreement negotiation and drafting.
  • Oil and Gas Lease and Surface Use Agreement drafting and negotiation for the owner of large tracts.
  • Planning and organizing for oil and gas firms with separation of operations from ownership of undeveloped and producing oil and gas interests.
  • Drilling and Division Order Title Opinions.
  • Mortgages, Title Opinions and Security Agreements for oil land gas lenders.
  • Estate Planning for privately owned oil and gas assets.
  • Gas Contract negotiation, drafting, administration and methods of compensation for contract administration.
  • Consultation and litigation services relative to oil and gas related disputes between surface and mineral owners, including surface damage issues.
  • Oil and Gas Lease review and conveyance/transfer assistance for individual and business landowners who are not primarily involved in the oil and gas business, on an ad hoc basis.
  • Mediation and arbitration services involving oil and gas issues.
  • The firm offers oil and gas services primarily through Jerome Colligan, Patrick Heintz, Douglas Bishop and David Cvengros.