Guidelines for Master Service Agreements

(513 Ratings)

Produced on: July 17, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

This course, taught by experienced oil and gas transactional attorney Dave Davis III, is designed to assist the viewer in identifying and drafting key provisions of the standard Master Service Agreements (“MSAs”) used in the upstream oil and gas industry to contract for oil field services, goods and equipment and professional and technical consulting.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the function of the MSA and how it relates to other oil field service agreements
  2. Identify provisions in the standard form MSA that address material risks for oil and gas producers and contractors
  3. Discuss material concepts for drafting key MSA provisions
  4. Compare and contract statutes for various states that address liability indemnification between oil field operators and contractors


Dave Davis III

Morae Legal Corporation

Dave Davis III has over 10 years-experience as corporate legal counsel in the oil and gas industry, and has experience drafting, negotiating and advising on a variety of upstream and midstream leasing, drill rig, transportation, storage, service and supply agreements.

Dave also brings experience in international transactions representing clients in negotiations with the governments of Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Montenegro and Croatia, as well as regulatory experience through successful licensing applications with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Dave has also negotiated the acquisition of over $300 million in petroleum assets world-wide.

He currently services many oil and gas producers in the Houston area as a contract attorney supporting in-house counsel with drafting procurement agreements, oil field service agreements and assisting with private equity M&A transactions.


  • Director/Morae Legal Corp. - September 2015 thru Present
  • Oil and Gas Contract Negotiator for various O & G Production and Exploration Companies
  • Senior Attorney/Marathon Oil Corp. - May 2004 thru February 2015
  • In-house General Counsel responsible for managing general legal issues and private acquisitions for domestic and international asset subsidiaries


Heinz G.

Nice to see a presenter offer forms and model language. Well presented refresher.

Lois S.

Good overview for new lawyers.

Robert R.

Well done.

Nytasha T.

Very good and practical advice. Transferable to many other industries. Thank you

Heather G.

Great introduction to the key issues surrounding MSA negotiations.

Jared S.

This is one of the best CLE's that I have taken as a Contract Attorney.

James L.

Excellent content!!!

Jeff R.

Solid presentation

Erin L.

good overview

Lana S.

Very interesting information and presentation


Thank you!

Georganna Schara C.

Very interesting

Stephen E.

Form contract clauses were great...nice to have for the future.

Michael N.

This is a good topic for construction law practitioners.

Chris K.

Very valuable comments on offset provisions.

Diane K.

Very thorough information and clear presentation

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