Coats Rose Expands Oil & Gas Practice as Industry Continues to Rebound

HOUSTON – January 10, 2017 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is proud to announce the expansion of its oil and gas section with the addition of three new attorneys in its Houston office. Joining the firm are Roger D. Scales as of counsel, Dan G. Blake, Jr. and Jeffrey W. Hodges, both as associates. Scales will head the firm’s oil and gas section.

“The addition of Roger and his team is a great accomplishment,” said Rick Rose, managing director and president, Coats Rose. “Roger, Dan and Jeffrey, bring a level of experience in a practice area that we’ve been looking to expand for a number of years. The oil and gas industry is a core U.S. industry that continues to have its ebbs and flows. However, with 2017 projections showing continued market growth, hiring these three talented attorneys allows Coats Rose to better support that industry and meet the demand for increased legal services.”

Scales, a 25-year veteran of the oil and gas industry, has built an extensive oil and gas practice focusing on matters involving title examination, due diligence title reviews, and the negotiation and evaluation of all manner of oil and gas agreements including leases, pooling agreements, right-of-way/easement/surface use agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and joint venture and joint operating agreements. Scales has also assisted clients in matters involving wind energy, solar energy, and groundwater leasing. He is licensed in Texas, Ohio and North Dakota.

Blake focuses his practice primarily on oil, gas and mineral law, advising exploration and production companies on a variety of matters. He is licensed in both Texas and Ohio.

Hodges is experienced in title examination and rendering advice to operators with respect to all manner of oil, gas, and mineral law issues as well as a variety of transactional matters.

Coats Rose oil and gas practice represents local and national oil and gas industry clients in a broad range of matters involving oil and gas law, providing clients with expertise in both transactional matters and litigation. Coats Rose advises, prepares and defends clients in an ever-evolving industry.

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