Margarita Morato focuses her practice on advising clients regarding due diligence, complex mineral titles, pooling issues, lease analysis, joint operating agreements, surface use issues and title curative. She has extensive experience in drafting oil and gas drilling title opinions, supplemental title opinions, and limited acquisition title opinions for clients conducting oil and gas operations. She is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Prior to joining the firm, Margarita served as a summer law clerk for the Public Utility Commission of Texas where she reviewed proposed rulemaking comments, researched their cited authorities and provided written analysis regarding electric, water, and telecommunications utility issues. As a summer legal extern for Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) in Mexico, she conducted comparative legal analyses of upstream regulation in North American, European and Latin American countries related to contract relinquishment, development and production plans, unconventional drilling methods, enhanced oil recovery extraction and well decommissioning. Her industry experience includes serving as a legal intern at Calpine where she prepared a multi-state retail electric provider compliance survey, and performed state-by-state analyses of renewable portfolio standards.
Margarita is fluent in English and Spanish.
- J.D., University of Houston Law Center
- B.A., English and Communications-Journalism, The University of Texas-Pan American
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Texas - Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section