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Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL


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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING A QUESTION. I can answer all questions related to oil and gas ownership, mineral interests and working interests concerning the leasing and selling of your minerals, any questions concerning pipeline ROW's, units with the Louisiana Department of Conservation; pooling provisions, depth limitations, vertical or horizontal pugh clauses; and oil and gas terminology. I can offer assistance in negotiating for leasing your property, assisting in locating owners of suspended funds. I am only able to answer questions regarding oil and gas leases, minerals, royalties, or offers to purchase mineral/royalty interests if I have complete information. Please provide a full legal description for your interest(s). If the question pertains to a lease, please include all terms of any current (or desired) lease offers, including lease bonus amount, royalty and lease term. If the question is regarding a mineral or royalty interest offer to purchase, please provide the offer amount, date of offer, other offer terms, and further details on the mineral/royalty interest, such as lease terms, and if producing, the average monthly income. Since I receive numerous inquiries daily, I am only able to answer your questions efficiently and effectively if I have complete information. I must decline any questions submitted with incomplete information. If your question is non-technical in nature and you simply need assistance understanding an oil and gas matter, please submit your question with as much information and detail as possible. Any background information that has led to your question is also very helpful.

Experience in the area

I have over 29 years experience as an Independent Petroleum Landman. I became a Landman after working as a paralegal for Oil & Gas Attorneys for 8 years. My first 2 years were spent specializing in Well History and Research with the Louisiana Department of Conservation, then moving into clearing title defects and handling title curative for oil and gas properties for the next 6 years. Subsequent thereto, I handled title issues, buying oil and gas leases and settling surface damages. I also acquired acreage for drilling prospects in excess of 10,000 acres. I also became a mineral/royalty owner commencing in 2004 and have found that I can help many people when they have reached the point in their lives they feel converting their minerals or royalties into a cash asset benefits them.


American Association for Professional Landmen, ArkLaTex Assoc. of Professional Landmen, and Dallas Association of Professional Landmen (DAPL), Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)- South. This certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. This designation is reserved for only those women-led businesses that exemplify the characteristics of integrity and professionalism to which the WBENC adheres to so strictly.


Attended LSU, became a Certified Professional Landman in 1994; Notary Public with dual authority in multiple parishes in North Louisiana; Bilingual in English and Greek

Awards and Honors

Expert Oil & Gas Professional assisting attorneys representing landowners. Involved in 2 lawsuits and both suits were awarded to the landowner.

Past/Present Clients

Consultant Landman for Texas Oil & Gas (TXO Production Corp.), Anadarko Petroleum, Comstock Resources,Independent Geologists, Pipeline ROW Clients, and Oil & Gas Attorneys. For the past 2 years my practice is limited to advocacy for the landowner. I also assist royalty owners recover suspended payments or incorrect royalty payments.

What do you like about this subject?

I love the excitement of the chase. The research required to uncover the facts; meeting new people and new situations; the unbelievable numbers that you only see in the oil and gas business; and learning, and learning and learning. In this business, there is always more to learn.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I've already achieved more than I had ever dreamed or imagined. I have already found "the needle in the haystack", not just once, but several times. I would love to have a geology degree and had enrolled at our local university a few years ago. However, my work and family schedule was not conducive to pursuing -I was working 10-12 hour days 6 -7 days a week and felt the timing was not right.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are so many facets in the oil and gas industry. It takes a Team of Engineers, Geologists, Landmen, Surveyors to get a well drilled - and there is no guarantee a well will produce.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Why is the U.S. the largest importer of LNG (liquified natural gas) when its supply exceeds that of any other country in the world?

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Recent Answers from Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL

2015-11-10 oil and mineral rights:

Sharon,  If the minerals are reserved against a government entity, the minerals will remain with the private landowner who reserved the minerals at the time the government acquired the surface into perpetuity

2015-10-09 Disbursement of mineral rights:

Randy,  The Trust document will be the guide to the way the interests can be divided, or not.  You will need to engage an attorney to handle this for you as it will require being handled through the court

2015-09-27 Township:47 North Range:66 West:

Lee,  I am unsure if you are trying to:  1) estimate future revenue based on offset wells 2) inquiring about a bonus payment which is offered at the time a new lease is signed, or 3) trying to estimate

2015-09-22 mineral rights:

Mike  All states have an oil and gas commission site which provides all well activity for the state. This is where I would suggest you start your research on locating if the property is producing and who

2015-09-10 Cost Basis:

Robert,  You can use a “stepped-up” basis in the mineral interest.     Rather than use your grandmother’s basis from many years ago (which is probably extremely low and would result in a huge gain given


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