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Colleen C. Jarrott

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Colleen Jarrott concentrates her practice in civil litigation and regulatory matters concerning oil and gas law in Louisiana.

Featured Experience

Represented an oil and gas company in litigation relating to override (ORRI) payments.

Represented independent oil and gas companies in legacy lawsuits.

Represented oil and gas companies in enforcing and defending liens.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Jarrott's practice principally focuses on civil litigation and regulatory matters concerning oil and gas law in Louisiana. She serves as counsel to independent and major oil and gas companies in various types of litigation and transactions, as well as before various regulatory bodies, including the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC).

Ms. Jarrott also provides counsel to industry trade associations and oil and gas companies concerning environmental and energy law and policy, including participation in the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute's legislative working group to analyze whether alternative dispute resolution is a viable vehicle for resolving legacy lawsuits (Acts 2015, No. 448).

Ms. Jarrott served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Hodges, Jr., United States Court of Federal Claims.

Representative Matters
  • Represented an oil and gas company in litigation relating to override (ORRI) payments.
  • Represented independent oil and gas companies in legacy lawsuits.

  • Represented oil and gas companies in enforcing and defending liens.

  • Represented oil and gas companies in responding to compliance orders or other environmental issues with LDEQ and/or LDNR.

  • Represented oil and gas companies in the acquisition of onshore and offshore assets.

  • Represented a working interest owner in determining its rights pursuant to a joint operating agreement (JOA).
  • Assisted an oil and gas company in seeking new tariff rates for an intrastate pipeline.
  • Counseled an oil and gas company on acquiring intrastate pipeline and related facilities.
  • Represented an oil and gas company before the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources relating to force majeure and lease maintenance issues.
  • Advised an oil and gas company regarding the improper assessment of ad valorem and severance taxes.
  • Represented oil and gas companies in onshore and offshore well blowouts.

  • Represented an oil and gas company in a rulemaking process relating to salt dome caverns.
  • Counseled an oil and gas company in its formation of various business entities for corporate purposes.
  • Represented an oil and gas company in a suit to recover money damages for defaulting on promissory notes.
  • Defended a foreign wellhead manufacturer in a blowout/products liability lawsuit.
  • Represented oil and gas companies regarding pipeline/platform use disputes.

  • Represented oil and gas companies in indemnity disputes.

  • Represented an industry trade association as amicus curiae in a lawsuit involving the interpretation of mineral lessee's rights pursuant to the Louisiana Mineral Code.
  • Represent an oil and gas client with operations on the OCS with an appeal of civil penalty before the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA).

  • Represented an oil and gas client in case involving alleged environmental contamination (soil and groundwater contamination) from historical oil and gas operations regarding an oilfield in Cameron, Louisiana.

  • Represented an oil and gas client in an indemnity action.

  • Represented a client in a case against a capital management company involving allegations of fraud.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers (2016 – 2019)
  • Named to New Orleans CityBusiness 2019 Leadership in Law class
  • Women's Energy Network, South Louisiana Chapter (WEN-SOLA)
    • Past President (2013) and Founding Board Member (2009)
  • Women's Energy Network, National Board of Directors
    • Biennial Conference Chair and Programs Director (2017 – 2019)
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association, Oil & Gas Section
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Member – New Orleans Bar Association, Mineral Law Section
  • Chair – Oil & Gas Committee, New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member – Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
  • Member – Energy Bar Association
  • Member – Professional Landman's Association of New Orleans
  • Fellow – Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors – Electric Girls (2019 – 2020)
  • Sustaining Member – Junior League of New Orleans
    • Member, Nominating Committee (2018 – 2019)
    • Secretary, Ways & Means Council (2017 – 2018)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Co-Panelist – "The Distinction Between Movable and Immovable Property for Louisiana State and Local Tax Purposes in the Oil & Gas Industry," Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's 2018 Fall Meeting, Lafayette, Louisiana (September 2018)
  • Co-Panelist – "Open Accounts Law in Louisiana," Concrete & Aggregates Association of Louisiana (CAAL) 2017 Annual Convention, Destin, Florida (June 2017)
  • Panelist – "Appellate Practice: Writ Mechanics and Effective Applications," Louisiana State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Series (August 2016)
  • Co-presenter – "Hayes Fund and McCarthy Cases: Why Are They Important to Me?," Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, Fall Meeting (September 2015)
  • Co-presenter – "Legislative Update Regarding Act 312," PLANO Executive Night Seminar (February 2012)

Industries

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2002
    • Staff Member, The Catholic University Law Review, 2001 – 2002
  • Catholic University of America, B.A., 1997

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2006
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana 

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