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J. Nile Kinney

J. Nile Kinney

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Nile Kinney has over 30 years' experience guiding clients through transactions, administrative issues and disputes in the upstream oil and gas industry. He offers practical advice and solutions over a wide range of issues, including very large oilfield acquisition and development projects, complex energy-related litigation, lease negotiations and lease management issues on behalf of energy companies and mineral owners, and consultation on everyday operational and transactional issues. In negotiations and transactions, Mr. Kinney specializes in decoding and simplifying complex concepts and party goals to achieve effective and durable drafting solutions. Mr. Kinney also has extensive litigation experience in oil-related matters, and works hard to find successful legal solutions to minimize cost and inconvenience to clients forced to bring or defend lawsuits. He has prosecuted and defended large civil cases involving eight-figure damages at the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Kinney's areas of practice include:

  • Mineral, drilling and division order title opinions and curatives
  • Recordation issues
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Operating agreements, farmout agreements and their variants
  • Title analysis, disputes and litigation
  • Contractual analysis, disputes and litigation, transactional and operational
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance for upstream projects
  • Environmental issues relating to upstream operations
  • Lease negotiations, management and administrative issues
  • Practical advice and strategic guidance on everyday upstream issues confronting our clients


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Southern California
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of California Santa Barbara
    • M.A. - 1979
    • Major: Religious Studies

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