- New Orleans
Jonathan Hunter is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He advises oil and gas companies on energy and natural resources-related matters.
Drawing on his thirty years of litigation, negotiation, and counseling experience, Jonathan guides E&P companies through matters arising under the numerous federal statutes that govern operations on federal lands onshore and offshore (including the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and offshore Alaska). Whether challenging regulatory enforcement actions, intervening in citizen suits brought under federal environmental statutes, defending qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act, or representing federal oil and gas lessees in governmental investigations, Jonathan has a long record of achieving excellent results for E&P companies operating on federal lands.
Jonathan’s experience also extends to oil and gas issues arising under state law, including the interpretation of oil and gas leases and joint operating agreements, payment of royalties, lease maintenance, and lease development. He has tried royalty, contract, and expropriation disputes in federal and state courts, and in arbitration. He has also served as an arbitrator in disputes arising from oil and gas operations.
Jonathan frequently lectures and organizes energy law programs, including those presented by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, for which he has served in numerous positions, including as the Foundation’s President in 2016-2017. He has also taught courses on basic Oil and Gas Law and Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Law at the Tulane University and Louisiana State University law schools. Jonathan chaired the committee that created the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Short Course on Federal Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing and Development.
A graduate of Yale College and the Louisiana State University Law Center, Jonathan has written and lectured extensively about offshore and onshore oil and gas topics.