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Clark H. Rucker

Biography

Clark H. Rucker is a partner of the firm's Oil & Gas/Energy Section.  He focuses his  practice on oil, gas, and energy litigation and transactions.  Mr. Rucker represents oil and gas exploration companies, oil and gas midstream companies (including gathering, transportation, transmission, and storage companies), propane and liquefiable fuel companies, royalty and mineral funds and companies, as well as large land owners in a variety of transactional and litigation matters.  Mr. Rucker has also represented clients in several non-energy litigation matters and advised clients on real estate transactions, intellectual property disputes, and local zoning matters.

Mr. Rucker has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly, as a "Top Lawyer" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine and a "Top Lawyer" by 360 West magazine.  In addition to his professional service, Mr. Rucker fulfills his commitment to the community through his service on the Board of Directors of CASA of Tarrant County, where he is currently President, and the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Fort Worth.  Mr. Rucker is also actively involved in the Tarrant County Bar Association and Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, the latter of which he serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Experience and highlights
  • Represented clients in oil, gas, and energy related litigation, including the successful defense of large exploration companies in several multimillion dollar lawsuits, including:
    • Successful defense of a publically traded oil and gas company in a series of trespass, nuisance, and negligence lawsuits concerning urban drilling and padsites
    • Successful defense of a publically traded oil and gas company in trespass matters involving seismic operations
    • Defense of private oil and gas company in trespass matters in East Texas
    • Obtained favorable trial court damages award for private oil and gas company in Central Texas
    • Represented publically traded oil and gas exploration company in over a dozen Texas state court and federal court appeals
    • Obtained favorable arbitration award for a publically traded oil and gas company
    • Successful defense of a publically traded midstream company in several landowner lawsuits and compressor nuisance lawsuits
    • Represented publically traded oil and gas company in over three dozen lawsuits involving claims of royalty underpayment
  • Represented publically traded and private oil and gas companies in the acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas properties, including:
    • a $15.5 million acquisition of Delaware Basin oil and gas assets
    • a $127 million acquisition of Permian Basin oil and gas assets
    • a $10.3 million acquisition of Permian Basin oil and gas assets
    • a $9.7 million acquisition of Permian Basin oil and gas assets
    • a $126 million divestiture of Barnett Shale oil and gas assets
    • a $30 million divestiture of Permian Basin royalty assets
    • a $6.6 billion divestiture of Permian Basin producing properties
  • Represented clients in the negotiation and preparation of joint operating agreements, oil and gas leases, surface use agreements, master services agreements, mineral lien workouts, gas processing and treating agreements, natural gas sales agreements, farm-outs, seismic permits, pipeline easements and rights-of-way
  • Represented owners of a large ranch in pipeline condemnation matters
  • Represented publically traded oil and gas company in over a dozen condemnation matters in the North Texas area
  • Represented private equity client in acquisition of private oil and gas exploration company and subsequent mineral acquisitions
  • Represented several real estate developers and oil and gas exploration companies in mineral and surface use transactions
  • Represented royalty owners in obtaining millions of dollars in unpaid royalties from large exploration company
  • Successfully represented real estate developers in local zoning matters
  • Represented client in purchase and leasing of historic downtown Fort Worth office building
  • Represented ranch owners in the negotiation and preparation of wind leases, grazing leases, rock leases, agricultural exemptions, and tax appraisal challenges
  • Represented client in intellectual property litigation in federal court in Louisiana; obtained favorable judgment
  • Represented clients in the preparation and negotiation of commercial leases
Affiliations and honors
  • Institute for Energy Law, Young Energy Professional, Advisory Board Member, 2017, 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Rising Star, published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2016-2018
  • Selected as "Top Attorney" under five years in practice by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2011-2014
  • Selected as a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2015-2017
  • Selected as a "Top Attorney by 360 West magazine, 2017
  • Named a "Top Attorney" in Oil & Gas Law by 360 West magazine, 2017
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016-Present
  • State Bar of Texas; Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section
  • Young Professionals Program, Executive Committee of Fort Worth Chapter
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Energy Section
    • Chair, 2013-2015
    • Vice-Chair, 2012-2013
    • Secretary, 2011-2012
    • Treasurer, 2010-2011
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors, 2014-Present
    • Treasurer, 2017, 2018
  • CASA of Tarrant County, Board of Directors, 2013-present
    • President, 2018
    • President-Elect, 2017
    • Treasurer, 2016
    • Secretary, 2015
  • The First Tee of Fort Worth, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 2013-present
  • Leadership Fort Worth, Leading Edge, Class of 2012
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame's Young Guns
  • TCU Junior Clark Society, 2009-present
  • TCU Frog Club, 2008-present
  • TCU Fort Worth Young Alumni Board, 2008-2014
Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2008
  • Texas Christian University, B.B.A. Marketing, B.B.A. Finance, magna cum laude, 2005
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2009
Clark Rucker Elected Treasurer of the 2016 Board of Directors of CASA of Tarrant County