Benjamin T. Sweet

Senior Associate


P: +1.713.229.1536 F: +1.713.229.6136
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Mr. Sweet represents public and private companies in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters, including energy and personal injury/property damage litigation, as well as regulatory and administrative proceedings. He also handles a wide range of matters involving insurance and contractual disputes.

Mr. Sweet advises a wide range of energy clients on all aspects of legal and operational issues arising from the rapid development of various oil and gas shale plays throughout Texas and the United States. Mr. Sweet has also represented oil and gas operators in a number of transactional and regulatory engagements, including oil and gas lease negotiations, title issues, risk mitigation and contested hearings at the Texas Railroad Commission.

Related Experience

  • Oil and gas producer - resolved multiple top-leasing and title claims related to oil and gas leases in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • Oil and gas producer - resolved multiple surface and lease disputes with landowners in various Texas shale plays
  • Private independent energy group - litigation regarding a joint operating agreement and joint venture agreements
  • Large foreign energy corporation - dispute over large well proposal for coal bed methane wells in Australia
  • Advised private oil and gas producer with regard to lease termination claims in Texas Panhandle
  • Large energy corporation - dispute over interpretation of operating agreement for export of liquefied natural gas
  • Large energy corporation - represented natural gas pipeline in contested abandonment proceeding at the Texas Railroad Commission
  • Large energy corporation - resolved dispute with easement owner before the Texas Railroad Commission
  • Large chemical company - represented common-carrier liquids pipeline in dispute before Texas Railroad Commission regarding contested tariff rate and terms of service
  • Private real estate investment company - dispute over large shopping center development in West Texas
  • Partnership - dispute involving allegations of fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty between partners
  • Insurance companies - provided defense and negotiated settlements of personal injury claims, property damage claims and first party claims
  • Pro-bono client - prosecuted US § 1983 case in the Southern District of Texas

Awards & Community

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2017 & 2018

Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2010 & 2012


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