Three attorneys with Burleson LLP – Kene Chinweze, Landon Speights, and Brandon Durrett – have recently earned board certification in oil, gas, and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, Matthew Brysacz has earned board certification in estate planning and probate law.
Those who earn certification must be licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of their practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges, and pass a six-hour written examination.
Chinweze is a senior associate in Houston who focuses his practice on oil and gas title matters. He began his career in the energy sector as a petroleum landman, negotiating oil and gas leases with mineral owners, and analyzing oil and gas contracts and real property documents to determine legal ownership of land and minerals. His background also includes drafting original, supplemental, and division order title opinions, and counseling clients in various title instruments and exploration and production contracts.
Speights is a senior associate in Houston who counsels clients in matters related to oil and gas and environmental law. He is experienced in complex commercial litigation in the oil field, and advises exploration and production companies in lease disputes, production issues, and conveyance matters. His practice also involves handling disputes between midstream shippers, gatherers, and processors, as well as matters related to midstream contracts and the operation of various plant types in the midstream sector.
Durrett, a senior associate in San Antonio, maintains a diverse oil and gas practice with a focus on upstream transactional and regulatory work. He also handles a wide range of issues concerning the exploration, development, operation, and sale of oil and gas properties. Durrett represents clients before the Railroad Commission of Texas in a variety of regulatory matters, and has a broad base of experience in all phases of the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas assets.
Brysacz, a partner in San Antonio, concentrates his practice on estate tax, estate planning, probate, and trust matters. He represents a number of large landowners in the Eagle Ford region, preserving wealth through strategies aimed at asset protection and estate tax reduction. He also focuses on representing closely held, family-owned businesses in corporate matters, real estate and estate planning transactions, and succession planning.