HOUSTON, TEXAS – September 12, 2022

Oliva Gibbs is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Lafayette, Louisiana and the addition of Kate Labue. Kate is the firm’s third attorney resident in Louisiana. Gabe Ackal and James (Rusty) McCay joined the firm earlier this summer in Lafayette and Baton Rouge respectively.

Kate is an accomplished attorney and former nonprofit executive director. She focuses on upstream energy work, including corporate transactions, complex title and survey work and regulatory matters. Kate currently serves as the Lafayette Parish School Board Representative for District 7 and is actively involved with numerous nonprofit organizations in and around Acadiana, including Junior League of Lafayette, Boys & Girls Clubs and Catholic Charities of Acadiana. She is a graduate of LSU Law School and served as a law clerk to the late Honorable James J. Brady for the Middle District of Louisiana.

“I’m thrilled to join the Oliva Gibbs team and help launch the firm’s Louisiana office,” said Ms. Labue. “The firm has an excellent reputation in the energy sector, with lawyers committed to continued learning and excellent client service. It’s an exciting time in the petroleum industry, and I am grateful to be working with terrific colleagues who truly care about their clients, their work and their communities.”
The Lafayette location is the fourth office for the firm, further expanding transactional, regulatory and title services for clients with business interests in Louisiana. Oliva Gibbs now has six attorneys focused specifically on Louisiana energy work.

“We are so excited to welcome Kate to the firm and officially open our fourth office,” said Managing Partner, Zachary Oliva. “Our steady client growth in Louisiana has been driving expansion of that practice and having an office in Lafayette allows us to better support clients in that region. To also bring on some-one as dynamic and experienced as Kate with deep ties to the community is just awesome,” he continued.

About the Firm
Oliva Gibbs LLP is a nationally recognized law firm with offices in Houston, Columbus, Lafayette and Oklahoma City. Highly skilled oil and gas attorneys anchor a team focused on title opinions; mineral transactions; surface use issues; mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and sales; energy contracts; and regulatory and risk mitigation matters. The team includes former landmen and attorneys certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For more information, visit us at