Steven P. Williams
Mr. Williams is a Board-Certified Oil and Gas Specialist with forty years of experience handling virtually every aspect of upstream domestic oil and gas industry legal matters. During his early career, Mr. Williams prepared lease acquisition, drilling, and division order title opinions covering lands throughout Texas. Since 1987, he served as corporate counsel to two large independent producers, most recently, EOG Resources, Inc. (1992-2016) from which he retired in 2016 as Assistant General Counsel-Denver Division, and The Coastal Corporation, (1987-1992).
Throughout his nearly twenty-four years at EOG, Mr. Williams was responsible for almost every aspect of the company’s legal work in the western United States. Among the matters handled were acquisitions and divestitures, exchanges, exploration agreements, farm-ins, farm-outs, support agreements, master service agreements, drilling contracts, joint operating agreements, transportation agreements and processing agreements.
Additionally, Mr. Williams provided counsel regarding federal, state, Indian, and fee royalty issues. Mr. Williams actively participated in litigation oversight and strategic planning, ranging from large Federal Qui Tam cases to matters in Federal, State and Tribal trial and appeals courts. He regularly consulted with government affairs professionals in connection with proposed federal and state legislation and rulemakings and was an active participant in the drafting and passage of the Federal Royalty Fairness Act.
J.D., Southern Methodist University
B.A., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Areas of Expertise:
Oil & Gas
- Mr. Williams was named an Honorary Lifetime Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in 2016, recognizing his many years of service to that organization in various capacities. These responsibilities included serving on the Foundation’s Special Institutes Committee (1991-present), Long Range Planning and Site Selection Committees (2006-present) and its Budget Review Committee (2011- present). Mr. Williams has served on numerous planning committees for programs concerning federal and Indian royalties, split estates and surface access.
- In 2004, Mr. Williams with a colleague conceived and implemented the Foundation’s most successful series of Special Institutes, its Oil & Gas Agreements Series. Since then, Mr. Williams has served as Series and Program Co-Chair for fourteen Special Institutes in the Oil and Gas Agreements Series, effectively covering every aspect of the upstream petroleum industry.
- In addition to acting as a co-chair of the Oil & Gas Agreements Series, Mr. Williams was the Oil & Gas Section Co-Chair for the Foundation’s 47th Annual Institute in 2001 and the overall Program Chair for its 61st Annual Institute held in Anchorage, Alaska in 2015. He was named Trustee-at-Large for the Foundation in 2003-2006 and 2007-2009 and a Member-at-Large of the Foundation’s Executive Committee in 2007-2009.
- Mr. Williams received appointments by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to the Federal Royalty Advisory Committee under the Federal Advisory Committees Act and as a member of a negotiated rule-making committee dealing with royalties on natural gas produced from federal lands under the Negotiated Rulemaking Act.
Speaking Engagements:Mr. Williams has presented papers at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, the Landman’s Association of New Orleans’ Annual Oil and Gas Seminar, the Oil and Gas Section of the Dallas Bar Association, the Denver Association of Professional Landmen and the Annual Institute on Oil and Gas Law and Tax Law of the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law (formerly the Southwestern Legal Foundation).
- Member, State Bar of Texas, 1979-present
- Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1986-present
- Licensed in Texas. Not licensed in Colorado.