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Pat Long-Weaver

Areas of Practice

As a sixth generation Texan, Pat, represents individuals, mineral interest owners, surface owners, service companies, in all facets of transactions, and if necessary, litigation, involving oil and gas and general business in the Permian Basin.

Pat aids her clients--which include families, small business owners, to Fortune 500 companies –in managing, prosecuting, and ultimately defending claims involving surface rights, royalty owner litigation, environmental claims, operations disputes, lease and contract disputes and breaches, and condemnation actions. She also coordinates serious incident/OSHA response investigations for her clients and, if needed, civil defense. While she enjoys being first chair, Pat also has managed legal teams taking complex cases through trial and appeal. In addition to serving her clients, Pat has, since 1997, also served as a court-appointed or party-selected mediator.

She is chair emeritus of the Litigation Section Council of the State Bar of Texas. She serves on the Oil Gas Energy Resources Law Council of the State Bar of Texas. She is also on her second term as a member of the Texas Oil and Gas Pattern Jury Charge Committee. She is a member as well as former officer and director of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and a member of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association.

Pat is a Scout through and through. She currently serves as legal counsel and former Vice President of the Board of Directors of Boy Scouts of America–Buffalo Trial Council. For the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest she has served for sixteen years as a volunteer on the CAMP CEO leadership project for high school girls. Pat is a devoted sponsor of Masterpiece Theater on PBS and serves on the Basin PBS Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Howard Payne University Academy of Freedom. And loving West Texas as she does, she was thrilled to be named to the Board of The Big Bend Conservancy.

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 1985), Baylor Law Review, Baylor Order of Barristers
  • Howard Payne University (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1982), Academy of Freedom

Recognition

  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2014 through 2021 Thomson Reuters
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1995
  • AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell for over 20 years.
  • Named 2018 Summit Award Winner by the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
  • Named to the 2012 Outstanding Class of Volunteers by the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
  • Named 2006 Woman of Distinction by the Girls Scouts of the Permian Basin
  • Texas Top Women Attorneys List, January 2022 Texas Monthly
  • 2022 Silver Beaver Award Recipient, Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America

Admissions

  • Texas and New Mexico
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Surface Ownership and Rights Update: Reata Revisited – When Dreams Collide” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Oil and Gas, Houston, Texas, 2019
  • “Working Alone or as a Team: The Ethical Issues Involved or How to Be an Ethical Avenger” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Evidence and Discovery, Houston, San Antonio, 2019
  • “Lessons in Communication from “Hamilton”, You Only Get One Shot”, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Savannah,Georgia, May 2019
  • “JOA Over and Under: A League of Its Own” State Bar of Texas, Handling Your First (or Next) Oil and Gas Case, Austin, December 2018
  • “Maintaining Oil and Gas Leases” AAPL Held by Production Seminar, Midland, Fort Worth, Denver, 2018, speaker and member of AAPL Held by Production Task Force
  • “Witness Examination – and Planning Your Trial” Texas Association of Defense Counsel West Texas Joint Meeting with New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, Ruidoso, New Mexico, 2017
  • “You Only Get One Shot! Lessons from Hamilton. Witness Examination at Trial” Texas Bar CLE, Austin, December 2016
  • “What to do if You Find Yourself on the Wrong Floor of the Courthouse: Litigation Update”, 2016 Santa Fe Land Institute, American Association Petroleum Landmen
  • “Damages and Attorney’s Fees Update” Litigation Update, State Bar of Texas, Austin 2016
  • “May the Force Be with You – Update on Oil and Gas Trends in the Permian Basin” North Texas Chapter of Women’s Energy Network, Fort Worth November 2015
  • “Expert Witness Update”, Texas Association of Defense Counsel West Texas Joint Meeting with New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, Ruidoso, New Mexico, August 2015
  • “Legislative Update: Litigation Live Webinar” State Bar of Texas, Austin July 2015
  • “Legislative Issues Roundtable”: Texas Association of Defense Counsel Meeting, Galveston , Texas April 2015 The Pipeline Clog,” Midland’s Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin, Midland, TX, October 2014
  • “Energy Law in Texas,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, September 2014
  • Environmental “Challenging and Defending Experts Effectively,” New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and West Texas TADC Seminar, Ruidoso, NM, August 2014
  • “Daubert/Robinson Challenges – Don’t Win the Battle Just to Lose the War – How to Effectively Present and Defend Daubert Challenges,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel Summer Seminar, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, July 2014
  • “Rapid-Response Investigations,” How to Respond to OSHA Reportable Incidents Houston Texas Oil Gas Presentation to Industry Representatives, Lake Wood Country Club, Houston, 2014
  • “Damages in Oil & Gas Litigation,” State Bar of Texas 6th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation, Dallas, TX, February 2014
  • “Allocation Well Changes,” Burleson’s Trends, Terms and Lessons Learned Series, Midland, TX, February 2014
  • “Discovery and Evidentiary Issues in Environmental, Oil & Gas Law,” State Bar of Texas 26th Annual Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course, Houston, TX, April 2013 and San Antonio, TX, May 2013
  • “Expert Survivor – How to Win the Immunity Idol (a/k/a Conquer Daubert),” presented at the Texas Association of Defense Counsel Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2012
  • “Clashes of Rights in Eminent Domain,” presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston, Texas, 2011
  • “Legal Implications for Volunteers and Board Members of Non-Profits,” presented at the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, Lost Pines, Texas, January 18, 2011
  • “After Daubert How to Bolster an Attack and Expert Testimony After an Expert Witness Challenge,” presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, Dallas and Houston, Texas, 2010
  • “Injection or Trespass Subsurface Issues in Texas Oil and Gas,” presented at the Live Oak CLE Course, Permian Basin Oil and Gas Law, Midland, Texas, February 19, 2010
  • “Oil and Gas Update: Cases All Litigators Should Note from the Oil and Gas Practice”, Litigation Update, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas 2022
  • The Production in Paying Quantities and Savings Clause Conundrum: Or “Like a Country Song Can This Marriage (a.k.a. Lease) Be Saved” 8th Annual Oil and Gas Disputes, State Bar of Texas, Webinar, 2022
  • “Presenting Oil and Gas Cases: A View from the Bench” Moderator Judicial Panel Advanced Oil and Gas Course, State Bar of Texas, Houston, 2021