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Robert G. (Rob) Hargrove

Austin Shareholder

Oil & Gas Regulatory Compliance
Trial & Appellate
Phone: 512-493-9615
Email: rghargrove@dgclaw.com


Rob Hargrove represents oil and gas producers and occasionally landowners in oil and gas disputes, both in courthouse litigation and in contested cases before the Railroad Commission of Texas.  In addition to Texas state courts, Rob is licensed in the Federal District Courts for the Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has handled oil and gas litigation matters around the State and has presented oral argument in a number of Texas intermediate Courts of Appeals.

Rob is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he is on the Council of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (term expires in 2023).  He is frequently asked to be a speaker at Texas oil and gas CLE presentations.

Rob is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and was on the Council of the Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas from 2017 through 2021.  He was the chair of the Oil and Gas Section of the Austin Bar Association in the 2012-2013 bar year.

Rob grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in English in 1997.  He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001.  He's practiced law in Austin his whole career. Rob is married to a lawyer, and they have three children, a dog, a bird, and a guinea pig.

Bar Admissions:
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Education:
  • University of Texas School of Law
    J.D., 2001
  • Princeton University
    A.B., 1997
    Major: English
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Member, The Austin Bar Association Oil and Gas Section
  • Member, The Austin Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas Oil and Gas, Litigation, and Administrative Law Sections
  • Former Chair, The Austin Bar Association Oil and Gas Section (2012-2013)

Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star”: 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014

Publications and Presentations:
  • "Railroad Commission Update", State Bar of Texas 38th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Conference, September 25, 2020.
  • "Regulatory and Legislative Update", State Bar of Texas, Oil and Gas Disputes Conference, January 10, 2020.
  • "Proration Units:  'You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means!'", State Bar of Texas 36th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Conference, September 20, 2018.
  • "Proration Units:  'You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means!'", University of Texas School of Law 44th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, April 20, 2018.
  • "Surface Owner Claims, Nuisances, and the Statute of Limitations:  an Update on Recent Case Law", State Bar of Texas, Oil and Gas Disputes Conference, January 26, 2018.
  • "Recent Texas Cases Interpreting Retained Acreage Clauses", Austin Professional Landmen's Association, March 11, 2016.
  • "Recent Texas Cases Interpreting Retained Acreage Clauses", Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section of the Austin Bar Association, December 9, 2015.
  • "Changing Discovery Rules in Complex Administrative Contested-Case Proceedings", University of Texas School of Law 10th Annual Advanced Texas Administrative Law Seminar, September 1, 2015.
  •  “Discovery Issues in Arbitration Proceedings”, State Bar of Texas 21st Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, April and May 2008. Co-author with Karl Bayer.
  • “Arbitration”, Austin Bar Association Bench Bar “007”, April 20, 2007 (update of the Page Keeton paper). Co-author with Karl Bayer.
  • “Arbitration”, University of Texas School of Law Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, October 26-27, 2006. Co-author with Karl Bayer.
  • “Standards of Review as Applied to Arbitral Decisions”, The State Bar of Texas’ Business Disputes in the Digital Age Conference, May 19-20, 2005. Co-author with Karl Bayer.

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