James H. Niu
James Niu is a licensed attorney in Texas and focuses his practice on Energy Law (Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy) and Litigation, as well as assisting international clients with their emergence into the U.S. energy market.
Since 2013, James has consulted and assisted on oil and gas transactions in excess of $25 billion dollars. His oil and gas experience includes writing title opinions, working directly with business development teams, private equity start-ups, corporate boards and land departments to provide acquisition and divestiture due diligence, new entity startup and implementation of land departments and best practices. James has significant experience with assisting companies on leasing, title, and mineral buying projects.
James’s litigation experience includes representing energy clients and finding successful resolutions to vendor contractual and mineral owner disputes, as well as joint operating agreement litigation as a result of an operator’s improper charge of fees to working interest owners.
James graduated from University of Houston Law Center, with honors, and was the Energy Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law. Several law publications have been authored by James, including “Pennsylvania Oil and Gas: Law & Practice” and “Emerging Centrifugal Technology in Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Waste Management: A U.S.-France-China Selected Environmental Comparative Analysis.” He is a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences and events. James is a Certified Professional Landman (CPL) and a current member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
James enjoys living and working in Houston where he volunteers and supports the local community through Houston Volunteer Attorneys.