James C.T. Hardwick


James C.T. HardwickHall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & NelsonLinkedin.Logo
320 South Boston Avenue
Suite 200
Tulsa, OK 74103-3706

Tel: 918-594-0434
Fax: 918-594-0505

Email: jhardwick@hallestill.com
Web: www.hallestill.com

Mr. Hardwick has been with the firm since its inception in 1967 and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors in a Senior Status role. His practice focuses solely in Oil & Gas Law, with expertise in Partnership/Unincorporated Entity Law and Federal & State Energy Regulatory Law. Before joining Hall Estill, Mr. Hardwick served as an attorney with Sun Oil Company, Mid-Continent Division, from 1964 to 1967. He has an individual AV rating through Martindale-Hubbell, was selected a Best Lawyer in America in Commercial Litigation, Natural Resources and Oil & Gas Law, was recognized as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources Law and named as a Top 50 Oklahoma Super Lawyer in 2006. In addition, he has been ranked by Chambers USA as a “Band 1” attorney in Energy & Natural Resources Law. In 2004 he received the Eugene Kuntz award for Leadership in Natural Resources Law and Policy, presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the Oklahoma Bar Association Mineral Law Section. Mr. Hardwick has also been named as Best Lawyers Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year for 2014 and 2011.

He was a member of the Board of Editors, Oklahoma Law Review; and currently serves as a Trustee and a past member of the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Mr. Hardwick is also the Oklahoma reporter for that Foundation’s Mineral Law Newsletter and is a Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law (formerly The Southwestern Legal Foundation). Additionally, he served as one of the seven members of the AAPL appointed working committee which revised the Model Form Operating Agreement and resulted in the AAPL Model Form Operating Agreement-1989. Finally, he is a frequent speaker on oil and gas law issues, including at the 2010 Institute for Energy Law’s Short Course on the Law of Shale Gas Plays.

Nationally recognized for our Energy & Natural Resources Law practice, the firm was founded to serve the oil and gas industry. Our counsel covers all areas of acquisition, production, transmission and distribution of natural gas, crude oil and petroleum products, renewable energy, as well as electric energy. Typical client services cover activities both in the United States and worldwide, including title opinions, corporate and finance work, litigation, and contract drafting and negotiation.

We have represented clients before state, local and national regulatory agencies, including the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense Agencies, the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service. Working closely with our tax, environmental, international trade, administrative and legislative practice groups, our attorneys are actively involved in judicial, regulatory and legislative actions affecting energy- and natural resources-related issues.

At Hall Estill, we help our clients reach their goals in both litigation and transactions. Our attorneys achieve results in a full range of proceedings before state and federal courts, and regulatory agencies across the nation from three offices: Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Our attorneys are leaders in their fields, regularly publishing and lecturing in their areas of expertise, continuing to build on the firm’s reputation for excellence.
James Hardwick is “certainly well respected and has a broad range of experience,” according to sources. He recently defended XTO Energy and Apache Corporation against class actions by royalty owners across Kansas and Texas.
Chambers USA, 2013