Willie Wood is Head of Energy, United States, the US Head of Energy & Infrastructure Disputes and Head of our Latin America disputes practice. He is also a member of Norton Rose Fulbright's Global Supervisory Board.
Willie concentrates his practice on the defense and prosecution of US and international commercial, business litigation and arbitration cases, with an emphasis on energy industry matters.
Since his arrival at Fulbright & Jaworski in 1984, Willie has been involved in the trial and arbitration of numerous cases of domestic and international origin, obtaining defense verdicts when defending, and significant monetary verdicts and settlements when prosecuting.
Willie has prosecuted and defended claims involving breach of contract, tortious interference, state and federal antitrust, common law and statutory fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, negligent misrepresentation, business disparagement, state and federal securities actions, product liability, nuisance, trespass, conversion, insurance coverage, corporate governance, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and qui tam. He has litigated these claims arising from a variety of US and international contractual arrangements, including:
- Area of mutual interest agreements
- Asset purchase and sale agreements
- Confidentiality and exclusivity agreements
- Crude oil trading agreements
- Earnout agreements
- Energy based incentive/bonus compensation agreements
- Drilling contracts
- Farmout agreements
- Gas purchase and sale contracts
- Gathering and transportation agreements
- Geophysical/Seismic data acquisition and use agreements
- Joint exploration agreements
- Joint operating agreements
- Joint venture agreements
- Letters of Intent
- LNG agreements
- Manufacturing agreements
- O & M agreements
- Oil and gas leases
- Partnership and joint venture agreements
- Pipeline construction contracts
- Pipeline operating agreements
- Power purchase and sale agreements
- Preferential rights and right of first refusal provisions
- Production sharing contracts and other, similar, international upstream licensing agreements
- Processing agreements
- Refinery construction contracts
- Shareholder agreements
- Stock purchase and sale agreements
- Transportation and exchange agreements
Typical claims litigated include disputes relating to price redetermination provisions, oil and gas royalty obligations, representations and warranties, purchase price adjustments, take or pay provisions, capital contribution obligations, oil and gas well drilling obligations, implied lease covenants, delivery of goods requirements, force majeure provisions, area of mutual interest, right of first refusal and other preferential rights provisions, trade secret protection, contract termination provisions, indemnity obligations, fiduciary obligation, and corporate and partnership governance issues.
Willie's active trial, arbitration and litigation practice also includes advising clients on litigation avoidance strategies, and litigation preparedness in connection with surfacing disputes that appear likely to result in litigation. He also assists clients in internal, federal and state investigations and enforcement actions.
His practice often involves evaluating and addressing competing (and often conflicting) dispute resolution, forum selection and choice of law provisions, and parallel proceedings in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, and US and International arbitral tribunals.
He has litigated matters on behalf of domestic and foreign corporations and other entities and individuals involved in the energy, real estate, brokerage, insurance, banking, manufacturing, retail, construction, and agribusiness industries. He works with an extensive network of industry consultants and with legal practitioners in foreign jurisdictions.
In connection with his international practice, Mr. Wood has worked on matters involving the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, England, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq (Kurdistan Region), Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Spain, Syria and Venezuela.
Willie's domestic practice has involved working in various state, federal and bankruptcy courts, and involved proceedings in the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
His Texas practice has included litigating cases in many Texas counties including: Bell, Bexar, Brazoria, Brooks, Cameron, Dallas, Duval, Frio, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Johnson, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nueces, Potter, San Patricio, Starr, Tarrant, Taylor, Travis, Tyler, Val Verde, Victoria, Webb, Wharton and Zapata.
Willie is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.