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B.S. (Chemical Engineering); Louisiana State University
J.D.; Loyola University School of Law

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Keith B. Hall

Nesser Family Chair in Energy Law, Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law, and John P. Laborde Endowed Professorship in Energy Law 3 and 4
Director of the Energy Law Center; Director of the Mineral Law Institute; Professor of Law


Keith B. Hall is the Nesser Family Chair in Energy Law, Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law, and John P. Laborde Endowed Professorship in Energy Law 3 and 4. He is also Director of the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center and Director of the Mineral Law Institute. He teaches Mineral Rights, Advanced Mineral Law, International Petroleum Transactions, and an Energy Law Seminar that focuses on environmental issues relating to energy industries. His publications have focused on oil and gas leases, pooling and unitization, hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity, and the management of produced water.  He is co-author of one of the two national casebooks on oil and gas law and also is co-author of a book on the legal issues relating to hydraulic fracturing.  He is a frequent speaker at national and international oil and gas, energy, and environmental law conferences, and is a contributing co-author to the forthcoming new edition of the leading textbook on international petroleum transactions. In addition to teaching at LSU, he has taught energy law classes as a visiting professor at Baku State University in Azerbaijan and as an adjunct professor at Loyola School of Law. Before joining the LSU Law Center, he was a member of the firm Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans, where he practiced law for 16 years, with a focus on oil and gas litigation and transactions, environmental law, and toxic tort litigation.

Professor Hall is a member of the Board of Editors for the Oil & Gas Reporter, the Board of Trustees for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Advisory Council for the Institute for Energy Law, and the Board of Trustees for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section and former Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He serves on the Louisiana Law Institute’s Water Law Committee and is a registered professional engineer.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

The Law of Oil and Gas: Cases and Materials, co-authored with Patrick H. Martin, et al. (Foundation Press 10th Ed.) (2016)

Hydraulic Fracturing: A Guide to the Environmental and Real Property Issues, co-authored with Hannah J. Wiseman (American Bar Association) (forthcoming in December 2016)

International Petroleum Transactions, with Dzienkowski, et al., (4th edition, projected for publication in 2017 by Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation)

“Petroleum,” Chapter 1 of Volume 1 of Energy Choices: How to Power the Future (Praeger 2014)

“Discovery,” Chapter 12 of Louisiana Civil Practice Forms (updated annually)

“Louisiana's Mineral Resources,” Chapter 1 of Louisiana Mineral Law Treatise (Claitor's Publishing Division 2012)

Law Review and Peer Reviewed Articles

The Operator Under Oil and Gas Joint Operating Agreement—The Three Rs of Responsibilities, Removal, and Replacement, Special Institute on Joint Operations and the New AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Operating Agreement (Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Fdn. and A.A.P.L. 2016)

Hydraulic Fracturing Impact Studies: Recent Highlights, Summaries, and Analysis, Special Institute on Water Acquisition and Management for Oil & Gas Development: Legal and Regulatory Requirements (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn.  and CAIL-IEL 2016) (with Scott Anderson of Environmental Defense Fund)

Induced Seismicity: An Energy Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Issues and the Causes of Man-Made Earthquakes, Proceedings of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Sixty-First Annual Institute (2015)

On Liability Issues Concerning Induced Seismicity in Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments and at Injection Disposal Wells: What Petroleum Engineers Should Know (with Arash Dahi Taleghani), Hydraulic Fracturing Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 69-75 (June 2015)

Hydraulic Fracturing: If Fractures Cross Property Lines is there an Actionable Subsurface Trespass?, 54 Nat. Res. J. 361 (Fall 2014)

Using Technology to Avoid Trespass Liability Based on Subsurface Intrusions of Hydraulic Fractures (with Arash Dahi Taleghani), Hydraulic Fracturing Journal, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 38-45 (Oct. 2014)

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Baseline Testing of Groundwater, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 857 (2014)

2014 Survey on Oil & Gas Law: Louisiana, 1 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 103 (2014)

Hydraulic Fracturing Contamination Claims: Problems of Proof, 74 Ohio St. L.J. Furthermore 71 (2013)

Hydraulic Fracturing: Trade Secrets and the Mandatory Disclosure of Fracturing Water Composition, 49 Idaho L. Rev. 399 (2013)

Recent Developments in Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation and Litigation, 29 J. Land Use & Env. L. 29 (2013)

Louisiana Oil & Gas Update, 19 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 361 (2013)

When Do State Oil and Gas or Mining Statutes Preempt Local Regulations?, 27 Natural Resources & Environment 16 (Winter 2013)

Fraud, Misrepresentation, and Related Ethical Issues in Lease Acquisition, Proceedings of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Fifty-Eighth Annual Institute (2012)

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Safe Drinking Water Act, 19 Buffalo Envir. L.J. (2011-2012)