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Energy Focused Law Firm Oliva Gibbs Keeps Growing

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Friday September 15, 2023

Energy Focused Law Firm Oliva Gibbs Keeps Growing

Oliva Gibbs LLP, a U.S. based law firm serving oil and gas companies across the country, has opened a new office in Midland, Texas, just in time to mark the company’s 10-year anniversary. Located at 223 West Wall Street, Suite 299, Midland, Texas, 79701, the new office joins Oliva Gibbs’ existing locations in Columbus, Houston, Lafayette, and Oklahoma City. The Midland location will be led by Oliva Gibbs’ Senior Counsel and Director of Client Relations, Chuck Lundeen, who has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

“The opening of our Midland office is a significant milestone in the firm’s journey,” Lundeen said. “Oliva Gibbs has been actively representing clients in connection with Permian Basin matters for years. A key value of the firm is fanatical client service, and we really felt a need to have a physical office in Midland to be able to best serve companies invested in this market,” he added. “It’s also a vibrant and thriving area so there’s just a great energy around the office here,” Lundeen continued. The head of Oliva Gibbs’ newest office, who’s coming up on his two-year anniversary at the firm, has a personal connection to Midland. He grew up there. “My father had an oilfield construction company and so I grew up around the business and have always enjoyed the industry and the Midland area in particular,” Lundeen said. “There’s a unique buzz in the Permian region. There’s such a rich history and it really is at the center of one of the largest global industries, but it also still retains that special small-town feel,” he added.

“It’s kind of a quintessential example of the great American dream around hard work and prosperity and, for me, it always feels like home,” he continued. Also commenting on Oliva Gibbs’ expansion, Managing Partner Zack Oliva said, “the firm is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2023 and I cannot think of a better way to mark that milestone than with the opening of an office in one of the most active oil and gas regions in the world.” “We continue to focus on strategic growth that adds value to how we serve clients while also providing new opportunities for our attorneys across the firm,” he added. “The Midland location positively impacts both of those areas – it's an incredibly exciting expansion,” he continued.

Oliva Gibbs’ focus on strategic growth in Midland was also a key factor in Molly Pela’s decision to join the firm as a litigation partner earlier this year. “It was important to me to join a firm that was looking for long-term growth with strategic measures,” Pela said. “Moving into Midland shows Oliva Gibbs’ understanding of the industry they serve and their clients’ needs. It also demonstrates the firms’ commitment to the oil and gas industry as a whole and interest in being a part of the community,” Pela added. “This aligns with my personal ideology of client representation - by being present and putting their needs first,” Pela continued. The latest Oliva Gibbs recruit revealed that complex litigation opportunities in the Permian basin are appealing for trial lawyers like herself, noting that “the issues being addressed in the Permian effect what happens throughout the entire energy sector.” “Decisions made in west Texas have huge impacts, not only locally, but really that can extend worldwide,” Pela said. “It’s exciting to have issues develop in your backyard that have global implications and to be a small part of that by litigating these cases provides a rare opportunity to help shape the future,” she added. “Midland is a very unique and interesting place. It’s this intersection of everything quintessentially Texas - great, hardworking, and humble people, combined with innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit shaping the future of oil and gas,” Pela went on to state.

Oliva Gibbs LLP is a national law firm whose highly skilled oil and gas attorneys anchor a team focused on energy transactions; complex title matters; surface use issues; arbitration and litigation; energy contracts; and regulatory and risk mitigation matters. The team includes former landmen and in-house energy executives, as well as attorneys certified in oil, gas, and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Firm co-founder, Zack Oliva, is an entrepreneur at heart and that, combined with his desire to be a part of a different kind of law firm environment and service model, led him to start Oliva Gibbs. When asked about additional expansion, Mr. Oliva stated “the firm’s business and legal lens is future-focused and client-centered.” “We evaluate strategic growth opportunities from that viewpoint, being led by what helps the company continue to provide exceptional service to its clients and engaging opportunities for its employees,” he added.

To learn more about Oliva Gibbs, please visit https://oglawyers.com/.