Taking a Natural Resources Case to Trial

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022


SHANNON H. RATLIFF is a Shareholder with Davis, Gerald & Cremer in Austin, TX. He has been trying complex cases for over fifty years in various jurisdictions in the United States. A significant portion of those cases involved oil and gas and other energy-related matters dealing with royalty and other lease disputes, and a dispute involving the mid-stream companies as well as disputes involving refineries and gas plants.  During his long career, he has represented energy companies in class actions, multi-district litigation, and False Claims Act cases. His trial work has not been limited to Texas.  He has tried cases in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and North Dakota. He has also participated in numerous arbitrations involving the energy industry. In more recent years, he has also participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations both as attorney as well as an arbitrator or mediator. He received the inaugural Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award from the Institute for Energy Law and was honored by the Texas Bar Foundation as the recipient of the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer’s Award. He has received numerous other awards, honors, and recognitions. In addition to his practice as a trial lawyer, he has argued innumerable appeals and has argued more than fifty cases before the Texas Supreme Court.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


MATTHEW J. SALZMAN is a Partner with Stinson LLP in Kansas City and co-chair of the Oil & Gas Practice Group. Matt is a trial lawyer who has successfully taken cases to trial in state and federal courts throughout the country. He also does appellate work and has won cases at every level, including several state supreme courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. He focuses on contract-related and environmental litigation and class actions, particularly in the oil and gas, financial services, and insurance industries. He has represented and advised exploration and production, midstream, pipeline, and refining companies in a wide variety of matters, from lease terminations and to right-of-way issues to major environmental spills and royalty class actions. Matt has assistant clients in the oil and gas industry all across the country, including in Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.