Practice Areas

DGC Law provides legal services in four key areas: Trial & Appellate, Energy, Business Organizations & Governance, and Tax Planning & Controversy. We typically work in small teams and also collaborate across practice areas whenever the nature of the controversy requires such an approach to deliver optimal value to our clients.


The lawyers in the Trial group represent clients in a variety of complex matters that include:

  • Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Operator/Non-Operator Disputes
  • Ownership Disputes
  • Royalty Disputes
  • Surface Use Disputes
  • Environmental Torts
  • Condemnation Proceedings
  • First Party Insurance Litigation
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Serious Personal Injury Defense
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Employer/Employee Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Ad Valorem Taxation Disputes
  • Fiduciary Litigation


Just as it takes skilled litigators to win complex trials, it takes a skilled appellate team to prevail on appeal. Our appellate lawyers’ ability to identify the key issues and simplify complex arguments has earned them a reputation for winning difficult cases. The appellate team’s service is not limited to appellate briefing and arguments, however. The group also collaborates with trial counsel to put our client’s best foot forward earlier in litigation, including helping develop trial strategies, drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment and jury charges, and when necessary, attacking unfavorable judgments in post-trial proceedings.


The lawyers in the Energy group handle all aspects of transactions relating to the energy industry, including:

  • Title Examinations
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Conveyances
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Exploration Agreements
  • Operating Agreements
  • Seismic Option Agreements
  • Pooling and Unitization Agreements
  • Oil and Gas Leases
  • Loan Documents

Acquisitions, Divestitures, & Business Organizations

The firm's Business Organizations & Governance group is dedicated to a sophisticated business practice that offers comprehensive counseling on virtually all day-to-day matters facing businesses, including:

  • Business Formation
  • Business Governance
  • Mergers and Reorganizations
  • Acquisitions and Sales
  • Master Service Contracts
  • Employment and Non-Competition Contracts
  • Private Stock Offerings
  • Lending and Investment (both lender and debtor perspectives)
  • Stock Option and Other Equity Incentive Plans

Tax Planning & Controversy

  • Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships and Individuals
  • Taxation of Oil and Gas Transactions
  • Tax Efficient Structuring of Business Entities and Transactions
  • Tax Free Reorganizations
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Code Section 409A Compliance
  • Representing Taxpayers before Federal and State Taxing Authorities
  • Tax Court, Internal Revenue Service Audits, Protests and Appeals