Steven P. Williams

Special Counsel

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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.

Education:

J.D., Southern Methodist University

B.A., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise:

Oil & Gas