Tyler L. Weidlich

Shareholder

303-407-4498 | direct

303-407-4499 | firm

800-886-6566 | fax

tweidlich@bwenergylaw.com

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OVERVIEW

 

Tyler Weidlich's clients range from oil and gas operators, oil field service companies and pipeline companies to national transporters and international insurance underwriters. His litigation experience has covered numerous aspects of the oil and gas industry, including personal injury and products liability, blowouts and down-hole well damage, pipeline condemnation proceedings, well site access, subsurface trespass, environmental and toxic-tort claims as well as royalty, title and mineral lease disputes. In the course of his practice, Tyler regularly works with experts on complex metallurgical, geophysical, engineering, operational and related technical matters.

 

Tyler also has experience representing debtors and creditors in bankruptcy and lien foreclosure matters.

 

Before joining Beatty & Wozniak P.C., Tyler worked for 11 years as a shareholder and associate at the New Orleans office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.

 

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Litigation

  • Successful representation of oil and gas operator and its underwriters in a $25 million lawsuit arising out of a failed coiled tubing operation, including successful prosecution of breach of contract and negligence claims against well contractors. A favorable settlement was reached during trial for the majority of the clients' damages.

  • Obtained a $12.8 million judgment for oil and gas operator and its underwriters in bench trial involving a well control event arising from an equipment failure.

  • Successful representation of a major natural gas producer and its underwriters in a lawsuit arising from an onshore well blowout, including successful prosecution of breach of contract and products liability claims against wellhead manufacturers and contractors. After the close of the clients' case, a favorable settlement was reached between the parties.

  • Extensive representation of operators, lessees and lessors in mineral title and royalty disputes implicating a variety of property law and land related issues, including navigable water bottoms, establishing surface water boundaries, division orders, chaining title, and succession/heirship matters.

  • Managed large docket of interpleader actions on behalf of oil and gas operator involving royalty and mineral title disputes.

  • Obtained the complete dismissal of a $5 million personal injury claim against an oil and gas operator brought by a permanently disabled worker.

  • Litigated and negotiated a favorable settlement for a natural gas producer in a mass action filed by community residents following a well blowout.

  • Successful representation of an oil and gas operator facing default under a joint operating agreement in an injunction action to enforce a conventional servitude and obtain access to a well site.

  • Defense of multiple oil and gas companies in “legacy lawsuits” seeking remediation of alleged surface and subsurface contamination.

  • Extensive representation of insurance companies in litigation addressing serious personal injury, coverage disputes, property claims, subrogation as well as commercial general liability.

  • Extensive representation of insurance companies in defense of mass and individual first-party property claims in Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav.

Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights

  • Lead counsel for midstream creditor in adversary proceeding associated with the In re Badlands Energy, Inc. bankruptcy and secured a ruling that a gathering and processing agreement and saltwater disposal agreement each constitute “covenants running with the land,” which cannot be sold free and clear under 11 U.S.C. § 363. The ruling was the first to distinguish the landmark decision, In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.

  • Representation of upstream and midstream companies in a variety of bankruptcy disputes, including claim objections, cash collateral rights, automatic stay relief, 363 sales, and assumption or rejection of executory contracts.

  • Representation of operators, service companies and construction companies in the defense and prosecution of oil well liens, mechanic’s liens, and related priority claims.

Industries

  • Energy

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • State of Colorado

  • State of Louisiana

  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado, Eastern District of Louisiana, Western District of Louisiana

Education

  • Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, J.D., cum laude, 2006

    • Executive Editor – Brandeis Law Review, 2005 – 2006

  • University of Georgia, B.A., 2001

Professional Activities

  • Listed as a Louisiana Rising Star in Energy & Resources by Louisiana Super
    Lawyers (2015 – 2017)

  • Named as New Orleans City Business "Ones to Watch" (April 2014)

  • Co-Chair – American Bar Association's Energy Litigation Programs Subcommittee

  • Member – Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Publications

  • Lender Beware: Lender Held Liable for Borrower's Failure to Release Mineral Lease, ABA Section of Litigation, Environmental and Energy Litigation (2017)

  • Water Rights and Their Impact on Shale Gas Development, The Shale Energy Revolution: A Lawyer's Guide, Energy Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation (2015)

  • Sinkhole Litigation - Problems and Prospects, Louisiana State Bar Association's Energy and Environmental Law Summit (November, 2014)

  • Co-author, States Focusing On Water Usage Rights Issues, The American Oil and Gas Reporter (November, 2013)

  • Oil Companies Denied Indemnification in WWII Remediation Costs, ABA Section of Litigation, Energy Litigation (February, 2013)

  • Co-author, Anti-fracking Suits Face Formidable Hurdles, The National Law Journal (December, 2012)

  • New Mex. High Court Favors Oil/Gas Companies in Royalty Dispute, ABA Section of Litigation, Energy Litigation (August, 2012)

  • Co-author, A Light at the End of the Tunnel? BOEMRE Clarifies New Safety Regulations for Deepwater Drilling and Issues First Permits After Moratorium, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Industry Report (Spring 2011)

Speaking Engagements

  • Water Supply and Production During Oil and Gas Development: Legal and Regulatory Implications, Denver Association of Lease and Title Analysts (August 4, 2018) Denver, CO​​

  • Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage, Louisiana Water Laws and Regulations Seminar sponsored by Halfmoon Seminars (April, 2017)

  • Water Use in Onshore Natural Gas and Petroleum Production and Development, Louisiana Water Laws and Regulations Seminar sponsored by Halfmoon Seminars (Summer 2012)

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