David R. Smith - Shareholder

david smithDavid R. Smith is a shareholder with the firm. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration of Petroleum Land Management from Texas Tech University in 1998. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law where he was an active member of the faculty for Currents: The International Trade Law Journal. David's primary practice area is oil and gas law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas; Midland County Bar Association; and Midland County Young Lawyers Association. David was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2002 and the New Mexico Bar in 2003.

Areas of Practice:

  • Oil and Gas Law


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    Doctor of Jurisprudence - 2002
  • Texas Tech University
    Bachelor of Business Administration Concentration in Petroleum Land Management - 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas: Member (2002)
  • State Bar of New Mexico: Member (2003)
  • State Bar of Arkansas: Member (2009)
  • American Association of Professional Landmen: Associate Member
  • Permian Basin Landman Association: Associate Member

Professional Engagements:

Guest Lecturer

  • Houston Association of Division Order Analysts (Houston, Texas)
    "What's With All of These Title Requirements?" - October 2003
  • Permian Association of Lease Title Analysts (Midland, Texas)
    "What's With All of These Title Requirements?" - August 2004
    "The Non-Consenting Non-Participating Royalty Interest Owner" - August 2006
  • Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts (Midland, Texas)
    "Chaining Title and Calculating Interests" - September 2007
  • 25th Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course
    "NPRIs: Selected Issues Involving Non- Participating Royalty Interests" - October 2007
    Received Certificate of Appreciation i n Recognition of Distinguished Service on the Faculty of the 25th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course.
  • Permian Association of Lease Title Analysts (Midland, Texas)
    "Common Mid-Conceptions of Pooling Provisions" - April 2009

Social Involvement

  • Leadership Midland
    Graduate - Class of 2005
  • First United Methodist Church
    Member of Board of Trustees - 2004 to 2007
    - Secretary - 2006 to 2007
    - Representative to Finance Committee - 2005 to 2007

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