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 brings extensive Carbon Capture and Sequestration experience to an already robust skillset spanning nearly 20 years. Will currently serves on the LMOGA Carbon Committee and over the last two years has been heavily involved with drafting and negotiating carbon sequestration servitude and lease agreements covering more than 110,000 acres in Louisiana and Texas, together with other legal and regulatory facets of CCUS, including appearing before the Louisiana Office of Mineral Resources with respect to State owned lands. In addition to his focus on carbon capture and sequestration, Will regularly assists 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.
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, regulatory compliance, and surface use related agreements involving well pads, roads, pipelines, powerlines, frac ponds and saltwater disposal.
- 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, 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, title matters, curative, leasing, oil and gas matters, predial servitudes, 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.
- 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, with a favorable ruling ultimately obtained at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Assisted with successful representation of operator in claim involving collection of expenses and counter-claim for damages, with a favorable ruling ultimately obtained at the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal.
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; Board Member, ARK-LA-TEX Association of Professional Landmen (ALTAPL)
- Speaker, Preparing for Our Energy Future: Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Educational Seminar, February 25, 2022
- Oils Well That Ends Well: Texas First Purchaser Lien Act Affords Working Interest Owners Greater Secured Rights, Texas Law Blog, September 27, 2021
- Speaker, Overview of the Differences Between Texas and Louisiana Mineral Law, Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Seminar, February 26, 2021
- Carbon Capture and Storage - A Ray of Light for the Louisiana Energy Economy, Louisiana Law Blog, August 20, 2020
- 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)
- Editor of the Register, ARK-LA-TEX Association of Professional Landmen Publication, 2020-2021
- Krewe of Justinian, Duke XX