William Lake Hearne Jr.

William Lake Hearne Jr.

Shreveport, Louisiana
Lake has an active litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes focused primarily on energy, including ownership disputes, servitude maintenance, royalty accounting, breach of contract, wellbore trespass, and production in paying quantities, but also commercial and transactional disputes, and successions. Lake also has an active transactional practice focused primarily on energy, including drafting and negotiating complex mineral leases, operating agreements, rights-of-way, surface use agreements, and mineral and royalty deeds, but also business formation, lending and purchasing, and estate planning.

Areas of Practice

  • Oil & Gas: Transactions
  • Oil & Gas: Exploration, Title and Acquisitions Due Diligence
  • Oil & Gas: Litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial: Commercial Transactions & Lending
  • Corporate and Commercial: Business Formation, Transaction & Organization
  • Corporate and Commercial: Litigation
  • Successions & Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Trust Formation
  • Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2009
  • Texas, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2018


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D./D.C.L. - 2009
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.A. cum laude - 2006
    • Major: History
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Title Issues: Mineral Servitude Maintenance in the Modern World, 64th Annual Mineral Law Institute, LSU, March 10, 2017

Representative Clients

  • Schmidt v. J-Lu Co Ltd LLC (W.D. La 2014), affirmed 598 Fed. Appx. 257 (5th Cir. 2015)
  • Norwood v. Mobley Valve Services, 144 So. 3d 1143 (La. App. 2 Cir. 2014); writ denied in part, granted in part, 161 So. 3d 5 (La. 2015)
  • Yates v. Marston, 121 So. 3d 6733333 (La. App. 2 Cir. 2013)
  • B.A. Kelly Land Co., L.L.C. v. Questar Exploration and Production Company, 106 So. 3d 181 (La. App. 2 Cir. 2013); writ denied, 112 So. 3d 223 (La. 2013)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Shreveport Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Mineral Law Section
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Corporate and Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law
  • State Bar of Texas: Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law
  • Booth-Politz American Inn of Court (Barrister)
  • Institute for Energy Law (Young Energy Professional)
  • Ark-La-Texas Association of Professional Landmen (Associate Member)