Brent (281) 433-1289
    Susie (713) 205-6398


Our Law Firm

We are a General Practice Law Firm based in the Houston Texas area, with special emphasis on International Trade Compliance, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law, Commercial, Contracts and Litigation.

      Until March 1, 2015, Brent was the Assistant General Counsel at Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (“TPRI”) where he worked for 26 years.  Brent’s experience has been that of a corporate generalist handling the widest variety of transactions related to upstream (E&P), downstream (Chemicals, Base Chemicals and Petrochemicals) and manufacturing industries.  He also has experience in private practice where he worked for 9 years before joining TPRI in 1989 and for almost 2 years since leaving TPRI.  Most recently Brent was a Special Counsel with the national law firm of Jones Walker. 
        Brent is licensed to practice law in Texas (since 1980) and Oklahoma (since 1990) and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbard (top pier rating for lawyers). He is also board certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Our Practice

International Trade Compliance

With respect to International Trade Compliance,
we advise and represent clients on all matters related to:

Import and Customs Law
Export Laws and Controls
Economic Sanctions
Antiboycott Restrictions
Free Trade Agreements and Treaties
Foreign Trade Zones
Trade Embargoes

General Practice

In our general practice we advise and represent clients on matters related to all general areas of law including:

Corporate Entities
(e.g. Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Partnerships,
and Limited Liability Companies)

Capital Projects
Merges and Acquisitions
Real Estate
Joint Ventures
Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Directives to Physicians and Declaration of Guardian
Manufacturing Operations

Oil, Gas & Mineral

In the area of Oil, Gas & Mineral law we advise and represent clients on all matters related to Oil and Gas industry, both from the Oil and Gas Industry perspective and the Landowner perspective.

Industries Served

Oil & Gas
Manufacturing & Aerospace

Summary of Expertise

Brent has many years of experience in specialized areas of law such as International Trade; Oil, Gas & Mineral Law; Mergers & Acquisitions; and, Complex Commercial Transactions. Set forth below is a partial list which summarizes some of the areas of Brent’s expertise and specialization.

International Trade:

Imports/US Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”)
Exports/ Bureau of Industry & Security (“BIS”) and Census Bureau
Foreign Trade Zones/ National Foreign Trade Zone Board
International Trade Agreements/Trade Preference Programs
Compliance Assessments
Compliance Programs
Sanctions/Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”)
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program
Importer Self-Assessment Program
Reconciliation Program
Import/Export/International Trade Compliance Training
Inco Terms


Lease Track Agreements
Rail Car Lease Agreements
Rail Car Finance Agreements
Pipeline Transportation & Throughput Agreements
Storage Agreements
Warehouse Agreements
Charter Party Agreements
Contracts of Affreightment
Demurrage Claims
Truck Rental Agreements
Truck Hauling Agreements
Dock & Terminaling Agreements
Pipeline Connection Agreements

Oil, Gas & Mineral Law/Real Estate:

Title Opinions (Texas and Oklahoma)
Joint Operating Agreements
Areas of Mutual Interest Agreements
Master Service Agreements
Drilling Contracts
Production Agreements
Processing Agreements
Transportation Agreements
Gathering Agreements
Surface and Mineral Leases
Surface Usage Agreements
Mergers & Acquisitions
Seismic Agreements
Deeds (Warranty, Special Warranty and Quitclaim)
Deeds of Trust
Commercial Building Lease

Joint Ventures/Corporate/Manufacturing Operations:

Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies
(formation, governance, books & records and polices & procedures)
Capital Projects (all documents necessary for building, operating and maintaining)
Master Agreements
Operating Agreements
Boundary Agreements
Surface/Equipment/Unit/Storage Agreements/Leases
Plant Access Agreements
Marketing Agreements
Tolling Agreements
Product Sales Agreements
Feedstock Purchase Agreements
Exchange Agreements
Facilities Services Agreements
Shared Services Agreements
Shared Facilities Agreements
Procurement Agreements
Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements (“EPCs”)
Engineering Services Agreements
Maintenance Agreements
Ad Valorem Tax Agreements

Mergers & Acquisitions:

Purchase & Sale Agreements (assets and/or stock)
Due Diligence
Data Rooms
UCC Financing Statements

Contact Us


Brent A. Helms: (281) 433-1289
Susie A. Helms: (713) 205-6398



14807 Ashland Pines Ln
Humble, Texas