Edward G. Hawkins, the member in Hawkins Law Firm, L.L.C., is the Alabama reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Review and the American Bar Association Natural Resources Committee. He is the past chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the Alabama State Bar Association. He has represented parties before the Oil and Gas Board of the State of Alabama in disputed unitizations, force poolings, and field rules hearings. He has both sued and defended oil companies in various types of royalty disputes, working interest cost deduction suits, mineral ownership disputes, and trespass suits. He has served as a Special Master in oil and gas cases.
Hawkins Law Firm, L.L.C., has also represented gas pipeline companies in condemnation acquisitions and trials. The firm also represents individual land owners whose land is taken in various condemnation actions. The firm has experience in all aspects of condemnation, beginning with the initial stages, the legal aspects of the appraisal process, the legal aspects of the survey process, the Probate Court process, including the Commissioner’s hearing, and the appeal to a jury trial in Circuit Court.
Reported Cases Include:
Gilbert v. Union Oil Co., 667 F2d 963 (11th Cir. 1982) – defeated attempt to forfeit oil and gas lease
Williams v. Phillips Petroleum Co., 453 F.Supp. 967 (S.D. Ala. 1978) – interpleader
Wilcutt v. Union Oil Co., 432 So. 1217 (Ala. 1983) – defeated attempt to rescind oil and gas lease for fraud
Cross v. Lowrey, 404 So.2d 645 (Ala. 1981) – defeated attempt to forfeit oil and gas lease
Scott Paper Co. v. Taslog, Inc., 638 F.2d 790 (5th Cir. 1981) – whether hydrogen sulfide gas is covered by oil and gas lease
Edward G. Hawkins, Pitfalls of Preparing Deeds Conveying Oil and Gas Interests, 46 ALA. LAW. 236 – 243 (1985), reprinted in 23 THE PUBLIC LAND AND RESOURCES DIGEST (1986).
Edward G. Hawkins, Robert L. Carson, Management of Tort Risks in Oil and Gas Exploration, Development, and Production, EASTERN MINERAL LAW FOUNDATION (1996).
Edward G. Hawkins, Hawkins on Oil and Gas, A Web-Book for Alabama Attorneys, Landmen, and Title Examiners, http://www.hawklegal.com/webbook © Edward G. Hawkins, 2011, 2012.