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MEET OUR BUSINESS ATTORNEYS IN MIDLAND, TX

ABOUT MICHAEL T. MORGAN

Business Attorney Odessa, TX
Mr. Morgan is a civil trial and appellate attorney representing clients on a variety of issues. Additionally, he advises clients on and negotiates various transactional issues.

• State Bar of Texas
• Board Certified
• Gas and Mineral Law
• Trans-Pecos and American Bar Association
• American Bar Foundation

Here are just a few of Attorney Morgan’s past reported cases: 
Chevron USA, Inc. v. Kennedy, 808 S.W.2d 159 (Tex. Civ. App. - El Paso 1991, error dismissed)
Boldrick v. BTA Oil Producers, 222 S.W.3d 672 (Tex. Civ. App. - Eastland, 2006, no writ)
Grimes v. Collie, 733 S.W.2d 338 (Tex. Civ. App. - El Paso, 1987, no writ)
Meadows v. Midland Super Block Joint Venture, 255 S.W.3d 739 (Tex. Civ. App. - El Paso, 1991, no writ)
Permian Report v. Lacy, 817 S.W.2d 175 (Tex. Civ. App. - El Paso, 1991, no writ)
ABOUT JAMES R. LEETON, JR.
Business Attorney San Angelo, TX
Mr. Leeton, formerly a partner in the Midland Law Firm of Bullock Scott, PC, which merged with Freeman Mills PC on August 1, 2013, represents numerous banks in the West Texas Area, including BBVA Compass Bank, Citibank Texas, NA and Wells Fargo Bank, NA in the preparation of loan documents. Additionally, Mr. Leeton represents numerous independent oil and gas operators, royalty owners, mineral owners and businesses. Mr. Leeton has represented energy clients in the acquisition and divestiture of assets and the drafting and negotiating of leases, service contracts and joint operating agreements.

Mr. Leeton and his wife, Barbara have a daughter Emily, who lives in London, England and a son, Ryan, who lives in Houston, Texas.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

Banks
• Draft and review oil and gas, real estate and commercial loan documents 
• Develop, implement and manage collection matters 
• Negotiate, draft and implement work outs.

Exploration and Production Companies
• Draft or review oil and gas leases, assignments, purchase and sale agreements, farmout agreements, participation agreements, AMI agreements, joint operating agreements, rights-of-way agreements, pipeline easements, and geological service agreements 
• Consult on all transactions involving oil and gas properties 
• Examine title 
• Prepare title opinions

Business Practice
• Draft and review purchase and sale agreements and closing documents. 
• Form corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships 
• Draft and review employment agreements 
• Develop, implement and manage collection matters

Real Estate Practice
• Draft and review real estate P&S agreements and closing documents 
• Draft and review real estate leases
MEET THE TEAM
JAMES ROWLAND - Vice President, Shareholder
Financial Lawyer Odessa, TX
James Rowland has over 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He worked as a petroleum Iandman during and after law school before transitioning to the formal practice of law. Over these years, he has gained a wealth of experience in oil and gas ranging from the field to the law office, and represents a diverse group of clients, including the following: large, publicly-traded E&P companies, independent oil and gas operators, pipeline companies, mineral buying companies, and individual land owners. Mr. Rowland also represents banks in the drafting of loan documents. Additionally, Mr. Rowland provides general business legal services as well as estate planning for small estates.

Mr. Rowland and his wife, Melissa Rowland, enjoy being involved in the music and arts community in Midland, Texas.

EDUCATION
B.A., Texas Tech University
J.D., Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
LL.M. Taxation, University of Houston Law Center

ASSOCIATIONS
State Bar of Texas
College of the State Bar of Texas
Young Professionals in Energy, Midland and Dallas Chapters
Midland Young Professionals 
Permian Basin Landman Association

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

Exploration and Exploration Companies

• Prepare drilling, division order, and acquisition title opinions, including stand-up opinions

• Draft or review oil and gas leases, assignments, purchase and sale agreements, farmout agreements, participation agreements, letter agreements, letters of intent, joint operating agreements, right-of-way agreements, and pipeline easements, agreements

• Advise clients regarding several lease issues, including commencement of operations, shut-in royalties, pugh clauses, retained-acreage clauses, and depth-severance clauses

• Provide consultation to clients regarding numerous pooling issues, including horizontal drilling across existing units and the use of production sharing agreements for horizontal wells crossing unpooled tracts

Banks
• Draft deeds of trust, promissory notes, UCC financing statements, and other associated documents for banks in connection to their loans to oil and gas companies


Business Practice
• Draft and review purchase and sale agreements and closing documents.
• Form corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships.


Estate Planning
• Draft distribution deeds for executors of estates to distribute mineral rights.
• Draft simple wills.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS
• Tax Implications for Natural Resource Master Limited Partnerships, 37 TEXAS TAX LAWYER 1,6 (Fall2009)
Oil and Gas Leasing of City Owned Streets: A New Amendment to Local Government Code § 253.005{b) Causes Confusion, 37 STATE BAR OF TEXAS OIL, GAS AND ENERGY RESOURCES SECTION REPORT 2, 19 (December 2009)
• Co-Speaker, Texas Title Opinions, East Texas Landman Symposium (October 2011)
• Guest Lecturer, Implied Covenants of Oil and Gas Leases, Midland College (Fall 2015)
TOM SCOTT 
Financial Lawyer Big Spring, TX
Mr. Scott, a Houston, TX native, graduated from Rice University with his B.A. degree in 1955, and the University of Texas Law School (L.L.B. with honors) in 1958. He became board certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1986. 

Learn More About Tom Scott of Counsel 
• 1981-1982: Chairman of the Natural Resources Section (now the Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Section) -Section Council from 1976-1983
• Fellow of the American Bar Association, a Life Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
• A member of the Midland County Bar Association (President, 1979-80)
• A member of the American Bar Association
D. LANE BROWN
Financial Lawyer Big Spring, TX
Mr. Brown is board certified in oil, gas and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and handles litigation, oil and gas lease negotiations, easement negotiations, title issues, and many other oil and gas legal issues. He is uniquely qualified to assist his clients in the development of their leasehold assets across Texas drawing upon 20 years of combined experience as a landman and oil and gas attorney. He is frequently called on by clients to review documents that include oil and gas leases, purchase & sale agreements and various assignments. Mr. Brown is a former Air Force Intelligence officer and served during the Desert Storm campaign.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS 
• The successful completion and integration of numerous division order title opinions and numerous drilling title opinions for exploration projects throughout Texas.
• Secured satisfactory settlement in a lawsuit involving expired oil an gas leases and saltwater disposal damages to landowner.
• Represented many oil and gas companies in having the court appoint receivers to represent unknown mineral owners and subsequently obtaining oil and gas leases from those receivers.
• Condemnation matters related to the construction of a natural gas pipeline through Tyler and Jasper Counties, Texas.
• Managed due diligence efforts for major acquisitions between E&P companies.
ADDITIONAL STAFF MEMBERS 
AIME PANDO
Aime is a native of West Texas and a graduate of Odessa High School. She has worked in the legal field since 1994 and has been a legal assistant to James R. Leeton, Jr. since May of 2003. Ms. Pando and her husband, Sergio, have three amazing kids.
DELMA N. ALVAREZ
Delma is a native of Pecos, Texas and a graduate of Pecos High School. She has worked in the legal field for the past 26 years in Human Resources and is currently the Office Administrator for Morgan Leeton, PC and assists James R. Leeton, Jr. Mrs. Alvarez and her husband, Danny, have two daughters, Janel and Dani, as well as four wonderful grandchildren.
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