W. John English Jr.

Partner

Houston
T 713.646.1384  |  F 713.751.1717

John English has been involved in energy and environmental matters since 1972. He is experienced in handling matters that affect the sale and leasing of producing oil and gas properties, commercial real estate, industrial properties, refineries, and manufacturing plants.

John is a frequent speaker at professional seminars on environmental topics, and co-author of Environmental Law Simplified: A Practical Guide for Oil and Gas Operations, Penn Well Books, 1993.

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  • Lead counsel for seller in $320,500,000 stock sale of company owning producing oil and gas properties in Louisiana and Texas.
  • Lead counsel in multi-firm representation of manufacturing subsidiary of publicly traded corporation before Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in alleged violations of state and federal clean air laws.
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Experience

Energy
  • Lead counsel for seller in $320,500,000 stock sale of company owning producing oil and gas properties in Louisiana and Texas.
  • Lead energy counsel for buyer in $36,750,000 purchase of producing oil and gas properties in Texas and in negotiating loan to finance the purchase.
  • Lead counsel in multifirm team representing independent producer in $165 million private placement Sukuk financing secured by volumetric production payments from properties on the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented independent producers in more than a billion dollars worth of purchases and sales of producing properties located in such states as Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, and Wyoming.
  • Represented independent producers in negotiating and closing a loan secured by producing properties located in Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, Wyoming, and on the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented several independent producers in sales of net profit interests in producing properties located in Louisiana and Texas.
  • Represented independent producer in purchasing exploration and production concessions from the Republic of Honduras and in structuring several joint ventures to explore for and produce oil and gas pursuant to those concessions.
  • Represented several producers of oil and gas in preparing, negotiating, and signing general and limited partnership agreements.
  • Represented several investors in preparing joint venture agreement, reviewing and negotiating loan documents, reviewing and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, and preparing closing documents, for acquisition of coalbed gas field and related pipeline in Oklahoma.
  • Represented working interest owners in negotiations regarding gas production imbalances.
  • Represented unit operators in preparing and negotiating drilling contracts.
  • Supervised and performed due diligence in several public offerings, and purchases and sales of shares of exploration and production companies.
  • Member of BakerHostetler team of lawyers representing joint venture between two international publicly traded oil companies in acquiring petroleum storage and refining facilities located in Kansas, Texas, and Louisiana.
Environmental
  • Lead counsel in multifirm representation of manufacturing subsidiary of publicly traded corporation before Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in alleged violations of state and federal clean air laws.
  • Represented sports authority of major Texas city in negotiations with TCEQ about alleged violations of state and federal laws regarding hazardous substances and hazardous waste at site of domed sports arena.
  • Represented international laboratory before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding liability for cleanup of Federal Superfund sites in Louisiana.
  • Represented international laboratory in several matters before TCEQ regarding liability for cleanup of State Superfund sites.
  • Member of BakerHostetler's team of lawyers representing publicly traded national waste disposal firm in planning, conducting and reviewing environmental site assessments, and negotiating and preparing documents in purchase of over twenty landfills in several states, including Texas.
  • Represented landowner/lessor in negotiations with lessee regarding removal of underground storage tanks and cleanup of land leased for service station operations.
  • Represented regional real estate developer in review of environmental site assessment and negotiations with United States Army Corps of Engineers regarding wetlands issues.
  • Represented manufacturing firm in obtaining permits required by city ordinances, state, and federal laws to open and operate manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas.

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2010 to 2015)
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC
    • Houston: Oil and Gas Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • International Energy and Resources Committee: Vice Chair (2002 to 2008)
    • International Energy and Resources Transaction Committee: Chair (2008 to 2009)
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Louisiana Mineral Law Institute: Past Board Member
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation

Services

Industries

Admissions

  • Texas, 1973
  • Louisiana, 1972

Education

  • J.D., Louisiana State University Law Center, 1972; Order of the Coif, 1972; Louisiana Law Review, 1970 to 1972
  • B.S., Louisiana Tech University, 1970