Aimee concentrates her practice in the areas of oil and gas law (exclusively representing land owners and mineral owners in connection with testing agreements, surface agreements, oil and gas leases and pipeline or access easements), commercial real estate and water law. “One of the things I am passionate about”, Aimee says, “is assisting mineral and surface owners to make informed decisions about the future of their land and mineral assets, and in being good stewards of their land, both for themselves and for their heirs”. Aimee was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. The oldest of nine children, she was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Marian High School in Birmingham, Michigan, with honors. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Economics. She spent a year in graduate studies in economics at SMU, and then attended Southern Methodist University Law School. While in law school, she was a law clerk for the Texas Attorney General’s Office and wrote for the Southwestern Law Journal. After graduation from law school in 1977, Aimee joined a large Dallas law firm and became a partner in 1978. In 1981, she began her own firm, Law Offices of Aimee Hess P.C. She is currently admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts. She is a member of the Oil and Gas Law, Construction Law, Real Estate Law and Animal Law Sections of the Texas Bar. Aimee and her husband Carl, a petroleum engineer, enjoy sailing, hiking, kayaking, windsurfing and finding homes for abused and orphaned dogs and parrots, many of whom have found their “forever home” with them.
- Energy, Oil and Gas
- Construction Law
- Real Estate Law
- Water Law
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- 5th Circuit
- Southern Methodist University
- Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- Southern Methodist University
- B.A. (1972) | Economics
- Honors: Summa Cum Laude
- Texas State Bar # 09548500
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2 February 2018
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26 January 2018
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19 January 2018
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12 January 2018
- Texas Court Addresses Damages When Plugging of an Oil Well Fails
5 January 2018
- New Tax Laws for Homeowners
29 December 2017
- Texas Law: The Fine Line Between Fixed Royalty Interest and Floating Royalty Interest
22 December 2017
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15 December 2017
- What To Do When Someone Wants to Buy Your Texas Mineral Interests
8 December 2017
- Q. I am heir to a 25% mineral interest on 297 acres. They're drilling a well. Do I get 25% of the 25% from leasee?
- A: To answer this question, an oil and gas attorney will need to do a bit of research. They will need to look at how this interest passed to you, whether through a will or a deed or some other method. They will need to review whether or not you have a lease and whether or not your property is in a pooling unit. In a pooling unit, each property is allocated oil and gas production based on how much acreage they own that is included in the unit. For example, in Texas, if you own 10 net mineral acres in a 100 acre tract, and the 100 acre tract is in a 300 acre unit, and the lease provides for a 25% royalty, then you would multiply 1/10 times 1/3 times 1/4 to calculate your royalty percentage. On the other hand, if you don't have a lease, it's possible you would be treated as a working interest owner and would only be paid after your share of exploration and drilling expenses were paid. Again, this is just an example. to know how your situation would be treated, it's imperative that you have an experienced oil and gas attorney review the relevant documents.
- Q. When does the right to request a re-assignment terminate if the provision allows for them to exercise in perpetuity?
- A: It sounds like you have a valid concern here. However, in situations like this, the devil is in the details. In other words, an experienced oil and gas attorney would have to review those assignments and discuss the facts with you to be able to advise you appropriately. There may be common-law doctrines, such as estoppel, that would operate to prevent them from exercising the re-assignment.
- Q. Recently found out I was a victim of fraud loosing around $20k.
- A: I am assuming the fraud arises from some kind of oil and gas investment you made. When I am asked about these kinds of cases, the first thing I do is review the documents you were given and that you may have signed and discuss the facts with you in order to determine whether you have a valid claim. Next, I do some background research on the potential defendant to see if they have sufficient assets to pay a judgment. Once you know whether you have a valid claim or not and whether the defendant can pay you damages in the event of the judgment, you will be in a better position to determine whether a personal lawsuit would be worthwhile. On the other hand, if the Department of Justice has already ordered them to make restitution, you probably would not get any more by filing a personal lawsuit.