A: I started my career with Exxon Mobil, and have served as general counsel for two small E&P companies. I have extensive experience in all facets of the E&P process, including leasing, owner relations, joint ventures, JOAs, and master service agreements.
A: Yes! Before signing any contract/agreement/lease, or anything that appears to be a binding agreement, it is worth the money to have a lawyer review it. I charge a flat fee to review any and all agreements, so my clients know up front what they are paying, and they consider it a cost of doing business. The alternative, i.e. not having a lawyer review your agreements prior to signing, can be, and usually is, exponentially more expensive should a conflict arise (and they often do).