William R. HuguetPartner
Will Huguet is a partner in the Shreveport office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2014 and practices in the oil and gas and energy litigation groups. Will has more than seventeen years of experience assisting energy companies in the exploration and production of minerals, including sales and acquisitions, lease and contract rights, title, due diligence, regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, and litigation. Will also represents landowners and companies in selling and purchasing property and managing their mineral, royalty and property interests.
Will also assists with filing and perfecting liens under the Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act, both onshore and offshore, and works with Kean Miller's bankruptcy attorneys in energy cases to assist in protecting our clients' rights under their agreements and applicable state laws and regulations.
In addition, Will assists clients with corporate and estate planning matters.
Prior to law school, Will was a professional landman in Lafayette, Louisiana. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Walter of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
- Prevailed on appeal wherein the Louisiana Second Circuit found that surface production testing interrupted the prescription of non-use on a mineral royalty
- Representation of energy and midstream companies in exploration, production and operational matters, including all phases of oil and gas title, due diligence and curative, purchase and sale agreements, gas gathering agreements, master service agreements, exploration and farmout agreements, joint operating agreements, mineral leases,pipeline servitudes, regulatory compliance, and other surface use related exploration and production agreements
- Representation of energy companies and owners of mineral rights in demands, disputes and litigation related to energy related contracts, rights and legal compliance, including under La. R.S. 30:10, La. R.S. 31:137-140, La. R.S. 30:103.1, concursus/interpleader, surface use, royalty payments, unleased mineral owners, unitization, continuous operations, shut-in payments, production in paying quantities and the public records doctrine
- Representation of companies, landowners and banks in acquisitions and property management, including acquisitions of both land and minerals/royalty, curative, leasing, oil and gas matters, easements, surface use, farming and hunting leases, and trespass and boundary issues
- Successful representation of E&P company in suit concerning entitlement to production proceeds attributable to roads annexed into the City of Shreveport, with a favorable ruling ultimately obtained at the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal
- Obtained Judgment in favor of mineral purchaser under the Louisiana public records doctrine against claim of a potential heir
- Successful prosecution of suit involving accretion by the Red River and resulting trespass
- Successful representation of working interest owners in federal suits involving scope and interpretations of assignments/transfers
- Accepted as an expert in “Title and Mineral Law” and provided testimony in case filed in First Judicial District, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
- Assisted with successful representation of E&P company in suit seeking to prohibit the City of Shreveport from regulating oil and gas drilling and well locations
- Assisted with successful representation of operator in claim involving collection of expenses and counter-claim for damages
Will earned his B.B.A., cum laude, from Millsaps College in 1997. He earned his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 2001, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review.
- Admitted, Louisiana, 2001, Texas, 2014; United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- Member, Shreveport, Louisiana State and Texas State Bar Associations; Master, Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court
- Undeterminable Payees in the Oil and Gas Industry: Suspense Accounts, Concursus and Escheat Law, Ark-La-Tex COPAS Society, February 26, 2019
- Staying on Track - Railroad Title and Ownership Issues in Louisiana, Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen, February 17, 2018
- Buying and Selling Minerals and the New Sale of Mineral Rights by Solicitation Act, Biz Magazine Shreveport, October 12, 2017
- Bill would cut taxes for fossil fuel producers reviving dormant wells, New Orleans CityBusiness, May 23, 2017
- A Brief Examination of "Mineral Acre" and "Royalty Acre" in Louisiana, Louisiana Law Blog, June 1, 2016
- Notes and Lessons for Landmen from Recent Louisiana Jurisprudence, Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Annual Seminar, January 2015
- Legal Update: Notice of Mineral Lease Reauthorized, The Register – ALTAPL, October 2007
- A Primer on Usufructs of Minerals, The Register – ALTAPL, September 2007
- Three Title Pitfalls Examined, The Register – ALTAPL, 2007
- Energy Mgmt. Corp v. City of Shreveport: La. Office of Conservation’s Authority Over Oil and Gas Exploration Preempts Local Regulation of Drilling Operations, The Register – ALTAPL, February 2007
- Potential Pugh Clause Trap for the Unwary: Pooling with Other Lands or Leases Required in Certain Instances, The Register – ALTAPL, 2006
- “Hulin v. Fibreboard Corp.: In Pursuit of a Workable Framework for Adjudicative Retroactivity Analysis in Louisiana,” 60 Louisiana Law Review 1003 (2000)(Recipient, 1999-2000 Associate Henri Capitant, Louisiana Chapter Award for best student paper with emphasis on civil law)
- “The New Law of Interdiction: Clear and Convincing Revision?,” 47 Loyola Law Review 1059 (2001)
- Board Member, ARK-LA-TEX Association of Professional Landmen
- Krewe of Justinian, Duke XX