Energy/Oil & Gas
The energy section of the firm represents clients in the oil and gas industry and has a reputation that dates back to the early days of oil and gas exploration. BIS's Mississippi oil and gas attorneys regularly represent clients before the State Oil & Gas Board of Mississippi in matters involving well permits, saltwater disposal wells, exception locations, increased density, unitization, force integration and related matters. Appearances before the Board on a frequent basis have enabled the firm to develop close working relationships with members of the Board, as well as engineers, geologists and other experts in the oil and gas industry.

Expeditious and accurate title analysis is a critical element of our involvement in exploration and production process. Making extensive utilization of paralegal assistance and record title abstracting, BIS is fully staffed in the area of title examination. We routinely provide clients with Drill Site/Preliminary Opinions, Supplemental, and Division Order Title Opinions.

Unfortunately, litigation is oftentimes an inevitable result of conducting high-stake business transactions and the firm has, for decades, represented the petroleum industry clients in civil litigation matters in the federal and state courts in the State of Mississippi.

Closely aligned with the oil and gas section, is our environmental practice. This rapidly expanding practice is a reflection number of the growing number of environmental issues confronting the firm’s diverse clientele. The firm has represented clients in environmental cases before the various federal agencies, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (formerly the Department of Natural Resources), the State Oil & Gas Board, and other state agencies and local governments. Environmental matters include: toxic tort cases, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials, protection of ground water resources, treatment and disposal of solid waste, state and federal regulation of air and water quality and the development of public water supply and distribution systems.