Joe Baker

PARTNER

Overview

Joe Baker’s practice is centered on assisting clients with complex litigation involving oil and gas matters and commercial disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, Joesph provides advice and prepares agreements that cover a variety of transactions.

Joe’s clients benefit from his extensive hands-on experience with researching, drafting pleadings, and discovery. As a trusted advocate, Joe learns his client’s business objectives to effectively litigate matters involving a variety of complex oil and gas disputes, contract disputes, and a variety of other civil matters even through the state and federal appeal process if necessary. His research and experience with drafting briefs in both the state and federal appeals and has helped bring favorable solutions to his clients in previous disputes.

In addition to his experience in the courtroom, Joe has provided advice and prepared agreements that cover a variety of transactions. He has also participated in cases involving the construction and enforcement of operating agreements, operator removal disputes, royalty owner disputes, and working interest owner disputes.

In addition to his experience in the courtroom, Joe has provided advice and prepared agreements that cover a variety of transactions. He has represented a number of clients in transactional oil and gas matters involving:

  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Division orders
  • Oil and gas leases
  • Drilling contracts
  • Well service contracts
  • Master service agreements
  • Audit rights
  • Gas purchase agreements
  • Federal potash area

Representative Matters

Seminal retained acreage case Endeavor Energy Res., L.P. v. Discovery Operating, Inc., 15-0155, 2018 WL 1770290 (Tex. 2018)

Expounded on executive right owners’ duties and responsibilities LesleyLesley v. Veterans Land Bd. of State, 352 S.W.3d 479 (Tex. 2011)

  • Member, Collin County Bar Association
  • Member, Midland County Bar Association
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Midland Shared Spaces, Centers for Children and Families
  • Board Member, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale
  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Texas Tech School of Law, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, Texas Christian University, 2002
  • Selected in “Texas Rising Star” list, Super Lawyers, Thompson Reuters, 2020
  • Selected in “Super Lawyers” list, Thompson Reuters, 2021
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Probate Litigation
  • Oil & Gas Fraud
  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Oil & Gas Transactions
  • “Receivership Leases, AAPL Field Landman” Seminar, Midland, Texas, February 2015
  • “The Joint Operating Agreement, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources 101” Course, Houston, Texas, September 2015
  • “A Litigation Attorney’s View of Division Orders”, Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts, October 2016
  • “Leasing on Relinquishment Act Lands”, 19th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law Seminar, February 2017
  • State Bar of Texas, 2008
  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2009
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit