Darrell Jones is a board-certified oil and gas lawyer whose practice covers the entire spectrum of the upstream oil and gas industry.  Mr. Jones is experienced with oil and gas asset management matters such as field operations, asset valuation, petroleum land management and hydrocarbon transportation and marketing. Mr. Jones was a shareholder at the law firm of Cox Smith in San Antonio prior to becoming in-house senior legal counsel at Newfield Exploration Company.


P: 713-904-1946


Upstream “wellhead” E&P matters such as title review, pooling and similar production sharing arrangements, surface use, lease interpretation and application of governmental regulations
Midstream matters such as sophisticated gathering and processing arrangements and marketing contracts
A&D transactions
Hedging and similar derivatives contracts (physical and financially settled)


J.D., cum laude, The University of Houston Law Center, 2000

    • sophisticated leasing and land work, title diligence and surface use matters

    • negotiation and documentation of industry trade agreements (e.g. JV agreements, farmouts, participation agreements, JOAs and seismic shoot programs)

    • A&D transactions

    • gathering, transportation and processing agreements

    • risk analysis, strategy development and case management for complex, high-stakes energy litigation, combining commercial experience and asset

    • valuation expertise with strong substantive knowledge of oil and gas law to achieve client objectives

    • operational contracts such as drilling contracts and MSAs

    • reserves-based lending transactions

    • insolvency and credit risk management


    Represented Fortune 500 E&P company in its negotiation and documentation of unique long-term crude oil sales contracts with refiners, totaling then-present value of over $3,000,000,000

    • Represented clients in over $7,000,000,000 in Exploration & Production and hydrocarbon storage facility A&D transactions

    • Represented client in a 160,000-acre Marcellus Shale long-term joint venture with large integrated oil company, including negotiation of custom lease form used for more than 1,400 leases acquired within the JV area

    • Advised borrower-side clients and negotiated loan and security documentation in dozens of reserves-backed loans

    • Designed and supported large independent oil company’s operational contract risk management program

    • Represented clients in numerous field-wide crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing arrangements, including sophisticated royalty compliance mechanisms

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    Professional Memberships and Associations

    Texas Bar Association
    American Association of Professional Landmen
    Houston Association of Professional Landmen

    Community Activities

    Board of Stewards – HopePointe Anglican Church
    Sponsoring Advisor – Love Fosters Hope


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