Seth E. Bagwell is a partner in the firm practicing in oil and gas law, commercial litigation, successions, and estate planning. He represents landowners, mineral lessees, and oil and gas operators in a wide variety of disputes involving blowouts, environmental contamination (“legacy lawsuits”), royalty payments, severance taxes, joint interest billing, breach of contract, joint operating agreements, mineral leases and servitudes, and claims for insurance coverage and indemnity. He also advises clients with respect to their estate planning needs, including drafting wills, general and medical power of attorney agreements, trusts, and living wills (end-of-life directives). He has experience handling construction law claims against subcontractors and general contractors under the private and publics works acts. Seth has also negotiated onshore and offshore drilling contracts and master service agreements for mid-level oil and gas companies.

Seth joined the firm in 2011. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008 and received his J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where he graduated cum laude in 2011. While attending LSU, he served as Treasurer for the Trial Advocacy Board, and competed in the ABA National Arbitration Competition. Seth also completed an externship with Judge Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

In 2014, Seth presented a CLE, Servitude Descriptions, Prescriptions, and Co-Ownership Issues – Resolutions for Landmen, at the Professional Landmen’s Association of New Orleans (PLANO) annual Seminar and Executive Night. 

Seth is an avid outdoorsman and was the Founding Chairman of Delta Waterfowl Foundation’s New Orleans Chapter, an organization that promotes waterfowl conservation and hunting across North America; he now serves as the Chapter’s Treasurer.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Year Admitted to Practice

  • 2011

Education

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.S., May 2008
  • Louisiana State University, J.D. 2011

Bar Admissions

  • All Louisiana state and federal courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Honors

  • Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship Recipient, Treasurer for Trial Advocacy Board
  • CALI award in Civil Law Property, Federal Civil Procedure 1 and Louisiana Civil Procedure II for highest grade

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