- Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2006
- St. Mary’s University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
- Texas, 2006
- Oklahoma, 2015
- United States District Courts of the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
Corey F. Wehmeyer
Corey Wehmeyer represents energy industry participants in trials, arbitrations
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
- Texas Tech Energy Law Advisory Committee, Member 2013-present
- Texas Tech Law Review Emeritus Editors Advisory Board, Member 2015
- State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law, Member
- ABA Energy Litigation Journal, Editorial Board (Former)
- American Association of Professional Landmen, Member
- San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen, Member
- San Antonio Bar Association, Sustaining Life Fellow and Member
- San Antonio Bar Association Natural Resources Section, Member
- San Antonio Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
- Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow to Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
- American Bar Foundation, Sustaining Texas Life Fellow
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
- Federal Bar Association, Member
- Selected for inclusion as a “2021 Texas Super Lawyer” and “2022 Texas Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
- Selected for San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, 2022
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
- Selected for inclusion in the list of “Up-and-Coming 100: 2021 Texas Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers
- Selected for inclusion in the list of “Up-and-Coming 100: 2020 Texas Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers
- Selected for inclusion in the list of “Up-and-Coming 100: 2019 Texas Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers
- Selected for inclusion as a “Texas Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, 2012-2021
- Selected for inclusion as a “Top Attorney,” San Antonio Magazine, 2019-2021
- Selected as the 2013 Inaugural Recipient of the Rising Star Award, Texas Tech Alumni Association
- Elected Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
- Elected Texas Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
- Scene in SA, “San Antonio’s Best Lawyers,” 2011, 2014, 2018, 2020, 2021
- Scene in SA, “San Antonio’s Rising Stars,” 2011-2014
- Selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who in Energy,” San Antonio Business Journal, 2014-2015
- Texas Tech Law Review, Editor in Chief, 2005-2006
- Order of the Coif, 2006
- Phi Delta Phi, 2005
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS
- 07.22.22: The Right of Mineral Owners and Non-Operators to Information and Records of Operations, The 68th Annual Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (formerly Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation), Vail, Colorado, speaker and author
- 03.25.22: Addressing Working Interest Owner and Mineral Owner Requests for Information to Operators, Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law Section, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 10.01.21: Floating or Fixed? Issues in NPRI Interpretation and Classification, State Bar of Texas, 39th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker and author
- 09.22.21: Preparing and Presenting the Energy Case at Trial, State Bar of Texas, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar CLE, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 03.26.21: Non-Participating Royalty Interest Litigation, The University of Texas School of Law, 47th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker and author
- 10.30.20: Rights of First Refusal and Consents to Assign: An Overview and Recent Developments, Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law Section, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 04.16.20: ADR/Arbitration Contract Language and Case Updates, Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section Report, State Bar of Texas, Volume 44, Issue 1 (April 2020), Corey F. Wehmeyer and Benjamin G. Robertson, authors
- 04.09.20: Arbitration Agreements and ADR Case Updates, San Antonio Bar Association, Natural Resources Section, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker and author
- 01.09.20: Enforcement and Avoidance of Alternative Dispute Resolution Agreements, State Bar of Texas, Oil and Gas Disputes Course, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 11.11.19: Texas Natural Resources Code Section 91.402 After Koopmann, San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen (SAAPL), Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 08.09.19: Non-Participating Royalty Interest Interpretation Issues, Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law Section, 2019 Review of Oil and Gas Law, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker and author
- 01.17.19: Non-Participating Royalty Interests: Disputes and Trends in Interpretation, San Antonio Bar Association, Appellate Section, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 01.10.19: Fixed v. Floating Non-Participating Royalties in Texas: And the Battles Rage on . . . , State Bar of Texas, Oil and Gas Disputes Course, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 10.09.18: 2018 Oil, Gas and Minerals Case Law Update, Petroleum Accountants’ Society of San Antonio/Council of Petroleum Accountants’ Societies, Education Day, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 01.25.18: Non-Participating Royalty Interest Litigation – Current Issues, State Bar of Texas, Oil and Gas Disputes Course, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 01.20.18: Division Orders and Payment Obligations, San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen (SAAPL), 29th Annual Mid-Winter Seminar, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 12.01.17: Payor Rights and Obligations, Part II, Texas Oil and Gas Law Journal 01 (2017) Issue 31-6, Benjamin Robertson, Katy Pier Moore & Corey F. Wehmeyer, authors
- 09.29.17: Payor Rights and Obligations, State Bar of Texas, 35th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Course, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker and author
- 09.01.17: Payor Rights and Obligations, Part I, Texas Oil and Gas Law Journal 01 (2017) Issue 31-5, Benjamin Robertson, Katy Pier Moore & Corey F. Wehmeyer, authors
- 01.27.17: Allocation Wells, State Bar of Texas, Oil and Gas Disputes Course, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 01.17.17: 2016 Texas Oil and Gas Case Update, COPAS San Antonio Chapter, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 01.01.16: Consent to Assignment Provisions in Texas Oil and Gas Leases: Drafting Solutions to Negotiation Impasse, 48 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 335 (2016), Benjamin Robertson, Katy Pier Moore
andCorey F. Wehmeyer, authors
- 04.13.15: The Non-Participating Royalty: Issues in Classification, Communitization
andAllocation, San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen (SAAPL), Corey F. Wehmeyer and Katy Pier Moore, speakers
- 03.20.13: Litigation Implicated by Hydraulic Fracturing and Source Rock Plays, American Institute of Professional Geologists and American Ground Water Trust, Shale Gas Development and Water Issues Conference, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 02.09.13: Litigating Oil and Gas Eagle Ford Cases in South Texas, San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen (SAAPL), Annual Mid-Winter Seminar, February 9, 2013, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker
- 01.25.13: The Eagle Ford Shale Trend … In Litigation, State Bar of Texas, Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Production, Chapter 9, Corey F. Wehmeyer, speaker and author
- 01.01.08: Primers in Energy Litigation: Focus on FERC, ABA Energy Litigation Journal, Corey F. Wehmeyer, author
- 01.01.08: Turned to the Right: A Primer in Onshore Drilling Contracts, ABA Energy Litigation Journal, Corey F. Wehmeyer, author
- 01.01.05: When Good Homes Go Bad: A Critical Analysis of Texas Homeowner Remedies and the TRCCA, Texas Tech Law Review, Vol. 38, Corey F. Wehmeyer, author
- $32 Million Unanimous Jury Verdict and Final Judgment for Client Including Punitive Damages Exceeding $10 Million; Take-Nothing Verdict and Judgment on Counterclaims.
Lead counsel to oil and gas service company and its officer on behalf of Santoyo Wehmeyer P.C. in securing $32,000,000.00 unanimous jury verdict and final judgment in a two-week trial on claims for breaches of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. Verdict and final judgment included over $10,000,000.00 in punitive damages and over $1,000,000.00 in attorneys’ fees. In same trial, secured take-nothing judgment that disposed of adversary’s counterclaims for fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty and breaches of contract. Also secured declaratory relief confirming client’s control of company. Appeal is presently pending at the Beaumont Court of Appeals and collection efforts have not yet commenced.
- $9.3 Million Federal Jury Verdict and Final Judgment for Client; Take-Nothing Judgment on $6.7 Million Counter-Claim.
Lead counsel to exploration & production company on behalf of Santoyo Wehmeyer P.C. in securing $9,300,000.00 unanimous federal jury verdict and final judgment on claims for tortious interference with existing contract and breach of contract. Verdict and final judgment included $3,030,000.00 in punitive damages. In same trial, secured jury verdict for client on defenses of excuse and estoppel, resulting in take-nothing judgment that disposed of adversary’s $6,700,000.00 counter-claim for breach of contract. The Fifth Circuit dismissed the appeal, and collections were not undertaken by the Firm.
- $7.5 Million Unanimous Jury Verdict on Eagle Ford Producing Properties; Verdict Included $2.5 Million in Punitive Damages.
Lead counsel representing the owner of producing ranches in the Eagle Ford Shale on behalf of Santoyo Wehmeyer P.C. in an Atascosa County jury trial that secured over $7,500,000.00 in damages for client. The jury’s unanimous verdict found liability in the defendant on all submitted causes of action, including various fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims, and included $2,500,000.00 in punitive damages. Final, unappealable judgment vests client’s title to 268.1-acre ranch and awards monetary damages in the amount of $3,770,074.47. Recovered Eagle Ford-producing ranch in Atascosa County, Texas; monetary collection efforts are still underway.
- $4.23 Million Final Judgment on Underpaid Royalties and $2.7 Million Jury Verdict.
Lead counsel to royalty owner client in jury trial that secured $4,230,000.00 final judgment and $2,700,000.00 jury verdict against publicly traded, international oil and gas operator. The Fourth Court of Appeals reversed on contract interpretation grounds.
- $1.6 Million Jury Verdict and Final Judgment for Client.
Lead counsel to oil and gas exploration and production companies in jury trial against mineral owner defendants that secured a $1,600,000.00 jury verdict and final judgment for client. Case involved disputed issues of title and included claims for breach of contract. All damages and attorneys’ fees requested for the client were awarded by the jury. Firm is presently assisting client in collection efforts.
- Jury Defense Verdict for Oil & Gas Exploration Company Client in Suit Over Services Contract.
Lead counsel to exploration and production company client in jury trial that resulted in take-nothing defense verdict for client. Client was being sued by
plaintifffor over $2,500,000.00 in contract damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. Final judgment entered on jury’sverdict and no settlement money paid.
- Title to Interests in Saltwater Disposal Well and Over $600,000 in Punitive Damages, Attorneys’ Fees and Other Damages Secured in Trial for Client.
Lead counsel at trial for client owning interests in saltwater disposal well over title to interests in the well and for damages. The Firm was retained and substituted as lead counsel approximately three weeks prior to trial and during trial successfully secured an award of specific performance and title to interests in the saltwater disposal well, plus over $600,000.00 in damages that included all attorneys’ fees requested and punitive damages. Final judgment was entered, with all monetary sums owed under the judgment collected and record title to the interests secured.
- Successful Representation of Clients before the Supreme Court of Texas.
Represented Petitioners in oral argument and briefing to the Supreme Court of Texas in U.S. Shale Energy II, LLC, et al. v. Laborde Properties, L.P., et al.,
CauseNo. 17-0111, a case involving interpretation of a deed and whether the valuable Eagle Ford royalty in issue was “floating” or “fixed.” Secured judgment from the Supreme Court of Texas reversing the Fourth Court of Appeals and reinstating the Trial Court’s judgment. Also secured award of attorneys’ fees and costs for clients.
- TXCO Resources – Trade Secrets Claims.
Trial counsel to TXCO Resources Inc., a
publicly tradedexploration and production (E&P) company in successfulprosecution of trade secret misappropriation claims against Peregrine Petroleum, LLC. Following a 41-day trial spanning late May through September 2011, the court awarded judgment in favor of Reorganized TXCO, Inc. (reorganized through Chapter 11) on its claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and entered a $16,000,000 damage award. After award, the parties reached confidentialsettlement that was not for $16,000,000.
- Eagle Ford Properties – Arbitration.
Lead counsel to royalty buyer client in securing final arbitration award successfully defending against fraud claims and obtaining declaration of clients’ title to valuable non-participating royalty interests in producing Eagle Ford properties in Gonzales County, Texas.
- International Mining Consulting Service Companies – Defended $1 Billion Suit.
Lead counsel in obtaining summary judgment for clients, two international mining consulting service companies, in a federal lawsuit seeking $1 billion in damages filed in the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division. The lawsuit asserted misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, violations of the Texas Theft Liability Act, and negligence and concerned alleged gold and other precious metals locations in Nevada. Also defended against the plaintiffs’ attempts to remand the case to state court, to strike defendants’ expert witness and filed successful Daubert challenges striking plaintiffs’ expert reports and testimony. Successfully secured affirmance of judgment from
FederalFifth Circuit Court of Appeals. No settlement money paid.
- Mineral Interest Owner – Final Judgment on Adverse Royalty Interest Claims.
Obtained multi-million dollar judgment for Eagle Ford royalty owner client in McMullen County, Texas. The district court issued a judgment in client’s favor and entered a “take-nothing judgment” on all of plaintiff’s claims against
client. Final judgment affirmed in writtenopinion by the San Antonio Fourth Court of Appeals.
- Eagle Ford Properties – Take-Nothing Judgment for Client.
Lead counsel in securing take-nothing judgment for client confirming client’s title in 980 Eagle Ford acres, and dismissing all of plaintiff’s claims against client for declaratory judgment, suit to quiet title, deed reformation, slander of title, fraud, statutory fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of warranty of title and tortious interference with contract. No settlement money paid.
- Oil & Gas Exploration Company – Summary Judgment Secured.
Secured summary judgment for exploration & production company client disposing of plaintiff’s claims as a matter of law for fraud, fraudulent conveyances, quantum meruit/unjust enrichment, breaches of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, conversion, declaratory judgment, specific performance of contract, and punitive damages. Also secured judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims to overriding royalty interests on 80,000 Bakken Shale acres. Secured final take-nothing judgment with no appeal and no settlement money paid.
- Oil & Gas Exploration Company – Take-Nothing Judgment.
Secured take-nothing judgment for operator client against lease brokers dismissing all causes of action, including claims and punitive damages for breach of contract, fraud, fraudulent inducement, tortious interference with contract, civil conspiracy, joint liability, and declaratory judgment.
- Deed Interpretation – Final Declaratory Judgment and Award of Attorneys’ Fees.
Secured summary judgment and final judgment for royalty buyer client against mineral owner interpreting subject deed as reserving to client a “floating” royalty. In
client’scapacity as the prevailing party, alsosecured an award to clientof its attorneys’ fees.
- International Exploration & Production Company – Dismissal of Eagle Ford Trespass Lawsuit.
Represented defendant international exploration & production company in Eagle Ford lawsuit as lead counsel and secured dismissal with prejudice of entirety of plaintiff-surface owner’s lawsuit, including plaintiff’s claims for declaratory judgment, trespass, negligence
andpunitive damages. Paid no settlement money.
- International Exploration & Production Company – Fraud and Breach of Contract Eagle Ford Lawsuit.
Secured favorable result for international exploration & production company in multi-party Eagle Ford lawsuit filed against client for breach of contract, fraud, gross negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and exemplary damages. Obtained order dismissing all causes of action against
clientwith prejudice and paying no settlement money.
- Oil and Gas Company – Lease Termination and Bad Faith Pooling.
Obtained favorable resolution for oil and gas exploration and production company against lessor claims for lease termination and bad faith pooling.
- Oil and Gas Operating Companies – Defense of Class Action.
Obtained favorable resolution for multiple publicly traded and
privately ownedoil and gas operating companies in a class actionlawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. Claims were filed against defendants on behalf of a class that included all oil and gas royalty and/or non-participating working interest owners in the states of Texas and New Mexico and implicated complex severance tax and royalty accounting issues.
- Publicly Traded Drilling Company – South Texas.
Obtained favorable resolution for publicly traded drilling company in
suitfiled in a hostile South Texas venue by 14 plaintiffs asserting causes of action for negligence, trespass andnuisance. Claims included catastrophic damage, including property damage to residences and personal injuries allegedly caused by drilling operations. Obtained a take nothingjudgment on the merits dismissing all causes of action by all plaintiffs against client and paying no settlement money.
- Publicly Traded Drilling Company – Oklahoma.
Obtained favorable resolution for publicly traded drilling company in lawsuit filed in Oklahoma, alleging breach of confidentiality and non-circumvention agreement. Obtained judgment dismissing all causes of action against
clientand paying no settlement money.
- Publicly Traded Refining Company – Fraud Claims.
Obtained favorable resolution for publicly traded refining company against claims for fraud, fraudulent inducement, and breach of fiduciary duty; obtained dismissal and paid no settlement money.
- Defended Municipality – South Texas.
Represented municipality and secured summary judgment in South Texas venue that involved over a million dollars in property damages claimed by the plaintiff.