September Member Luncheon
Petroleum Club - Walnut Room starting at 11:30 am, lunch at 12 noon
Guest Speaker: Patrick S. Ottinger
Topic: Of Bear Paws, Burning Wells, Burnt Remains, and Bath Forms: An Erratic Journey Through the Evolution of the Law of Louisiana on Mineral Leases, With Just a Few Detours
PATRICK S. OTTINGER is a Partner in the Lafayette law firm of Ottinger Hebert,
L.L.C. He has been in private practice in Lafayette since December 1973, with his
practice being concentrated in the corporate and commercial area, with emphasis on oil
and gas, financial transactions, real estate, eminent domain, mediation and arbitration,
corporate and banking matters, as well as litigation in these areas. He is an experienced
arbitrator and mediator in oil and gas matters, rendering such services through The
Patterson Resolution Group. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in December 1973
from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was a member of
the Moot Court Board. Mr. Ottinger is an Adjunct Professor of Law at LSU, teaching the
course on Mineral Rights from 1996-2012, and currently teaches an Oil & Gas Seminar.
He is the author of the course materials entitled Ottinger, A Course Book on Louisiana
Mineral Rights (12th Rev. Ed., August 2011), and Louisiana Mineral Leases: A Treatise
(Claitor’s 2016). He is the Chair of the Advisory Council for the Institute on Mineral
Law at LSU Law Center. He serves on the Advisory Board for the John P. Laborde
Energy Law Center at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. Mr.
Ottinger serves as an Editor of the Institute for Energy Law e-reporter, a project of the
Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law. Mr.
Ottinger is a member of the Mineral Code Committee, the Mineral Law – Unsolicited
Offers Committee, the Counterletter Committee, the Prescription Committee, the Tax
Sales Committee, the Louisiana Risk Fee Act Committee (Reporter), and the recently
formed Mineral Law Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute, serving as Reporter
of the latter committee. He served as City-Parish Attorney for the Lafayette City-Parish
Consolidated Government from January 2004-February 2011. Mr. Ottinger served as the
President of the Louisiana State Bar Association during the years 1998-99. Mr. Ottinger
was recognized as a 2014 Distinguished Achievement Honoree by the LSU Paul M.
Hebert Law Center on September 21, 2014, for “professional achievement and career
distinction, service to and support of LSU Law, and service to the community.” On
September 7, 2017, Mr. Ottinger was inducted into the Lafayette Bar Association’s Hall
of Fame. On June 7, 2018, he received the 2018 Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy
Award of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.