Scales of Justice M. W. Cockrell & Associates
Attorneys & Counselors

Legal Services to the
Oil, Gas and Energy Client:
U.S. and International
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MELVIN W. COCKRELL, Jr.
Attorney

AREAS OF PRACTICE
DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AND RELATED INDUSTRY PRACTICE - Arbitration of Oil and Gas/Energy Disputes; Expert Witness and Expert Consulting Counsel: Energy/Oil and Gas Litigation; Upstream and Downstream Energy Transactions and Disputes, including Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures; Financing; Ventures; Participation Agreements; Production Sharing, Lifting/Offtake, Concession Agreements and related ancillary agreements; Unit, Operating and Lease Agreements; Co-Owner and Operational Matters; Royalty Issues; Regulatory, Marketing and Transportation Matters; Gas Processing, Exchange, and Handling; Offshore; Title Issues and Title Opinions; Surface-Mineral Conflicts; Coal and Hard Minerals; Drilling and Service Contracts; Energy Deregulation and Related Matters; Mediation; Environmental; Trade Secrets. Corporate and Business Advice to Energy and Related Service Companies.
PROFESSIONAL SPECIALIZATION AND RECOGNITION
  • A-V Rating, listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Registry of Preeminent Lawyers 1995 to current
     
  • Certified Specialist — Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Charter-1986)
     
  • Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas
     
  • Mediator Certification: Dallas Bar Association; Completion of Prescribed Courses for Mediator Training and Advanced Mediation Practice
     
  • Significant Representation: Represented Producing Industry in lead Amicus brief before Supreme Court in Rogers v. Ricane II. (Texas Supreme Court, D-3826. 1994)
     
  • Arbitration — order quoted favorably: Genecov Group, Inc. v. Roosth Production Co., 144 S.W.3d 546 (Tex. App.)
FACULTY INVITATION
Visiting Professor of Law 1982-1983, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Oil and Gas
  • Energy Law
  • Corporation Law (including Securities)
  • Student Award - Outstanding Law Professor
Adjunct Professor of Oil and Gas Law
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • University of Houston, Bates College of Law
PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY ASSOCIATIONS
  • State Bar of Texas (admitted 1970)
  • United States Courts of Appeal, District of Columbia, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • State Bar Council on Oil and Gas (Term 1986-1989)
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Frequent Speaker at professional and industry institutes
  • Former Committeeman, State Bar Committee on Liaison with Federal Judiciary
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP
  • Judicial Law Clerk to: Honorable Warren L. Jones, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1970-1971)
LEGAL EDUCATION
  • Law School
    Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, May 1970, University of Houston; Class Standing – No. 4 in class of approximately 135 as of spring 1970
     
  • Law Review
    Managing Editor (Editorial Board)
    Published Works: Vol. 6, No. 2, HousLRev. 393; 7 HousLRev. 35
     
  • Law School Honors
    • Wall Street Journal Award (Graduate Level), excellence in Corporate Law and Finance
    • American Jurisprudence Awards (4 awards)
    • Garwood Awards (Scholastic Achievement) (4 awards)
    • Member of the Order of Coif – Honorary society recognizing scholastic achievement; Order of Barons, academic recognition
    • Selected by Faculty as instructor of Legal Research and Writing to first year law students
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
  • Texas A&M University, 1967; Degree: BBA; Major: Finance-Accounting
     
  • Undergraduate Awards and Activities:
    • Distinguished Student (Dean's List) four semesters
    • Wall Street Journal Award (undergraduate level)
    • Humble Oil & Refining Company Scholarship
    • Distinguished Military Student
    • Distinguished Military Graduate
    • Battalion Commander, Texas A&M Corps
    • President - Society of Finance
    • Member:  Accounting and Marketing Societies
      Member:  Ross Volunteers Honor Company
      Member:  Varsity Rifle Team
    • Outstanding Sophomore Awards (2)
POST GRADUATE EDUCATION
  • Advanced Accounting Courses (University of Houston)
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
PRIOR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Law, Snakard & Gambill, Ft. Worth, Texas, Energy and Oil & Gas Partner (1998-2000)
     
  • Cockrell & Weed (and predecessors), Partner (1993-1998)
    Domestic and international energy and commercial practice.
     
  • Baker & McKenzie, Partner, Head of Energy Section of 1500 lawyer international law firm, with offices in approximately 55 cities worldwide. (1989-1992)
     
  • Shank, Irwin, Conant, Lipshy & Casterline, Partner (1987-1989)
    Broad-based energy and commercial practice
     
  • Lear Petroleum Exploration, Inc., Vice President and General Counsel (1983 to 1987)
    • Manage and administer Law Department
    • Responsible for all legal services and advice to NYSE corporate client, minimizing use of outside counsel (over 60% reduction in outside counsel fees first year)
    • Active coordination with outside counsel and litigation management
    • Acquisition and sales of producing and investment properties
    • Employment law, environmental law, anti-trust and intellectual property law
       
  • Exxon Corporation and affiliates (including foreign) - Various assignments of progressing responsibility in all phases of corporate energy practice:
    • Exxon Company, U.S.A., Chief Counsel to Exxon Coal Resources, Inc. (1980-1982)
      • Develop and implement policy for aggressive acquisition and maintenance of minerals in an era of title uncertainty
      • Responsible for legal advice and policy on East Texas Coal-Gasification Project, including means of acquisition of plant site and base assets
      • Legal stewardship of Exxon's nationwide coal resources
      • Environmental and Employment Law
      • Responsible for all legal services and advice to corporate client
         
    • Exxon Company, U.S.A., Counsel (1978-80), Headquarters-Natural Gas.
      Responsible for all advice and legal services incidental to the marketing and transportation of Exxon's natural gas in an extremely dynamic legal and regulatory environment.
      • Saved approximately $200 Million to corporate client by implementation of suggested procedure for handling Louisiana First Use Tax
      • Over $1 Billion of assets value increase was booked as a result of implementation of suggested program of gas contract modifications and innovative application of new gas law
      • Served as Chief Counsel to intrastate gas transmission affiliate, Exxon Gas Systems, Inc.
         
    • Exxon Company, U.S.A., Counsel, Headquarters. Special Assignment:
      Respond to Federal Trade Commission's Oil Industry Divestiture Investigation
       
    • Esso Standard Libya, Inc., Tripoli, Libya, Counsel (1974-76), Private International Law; responsible for all legal services and advice on matters affecting corporate client, including matters involving foreign governments and private firms, production, marketing and off take matters, employment law, anti-trust and intellectual property
       
    • Exxon Company, U.S.A., Counsel/Attorney, Various assignments
       
    • Humble Pipeline Company, Attorney (1971-1972), General Corporate and Regulatory, Environmental and Employment Law; responsible for services and advice on all matters affecting corporate client
       
MILITARY STATUS
  • Major, U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps. (Inactive)
  • Completion Advanced Officers Course and Basic Infantry Officer's Court (Ft. Benning, GA)
MEMBERSHIP
  • Corps Development Council - Texas A&M University
  • Houston World Affairs Council
OTHER
  • Co-Author: Texas Practice Guide (Callaghan Publishing Company)
REFERENCES
  • Available on request for all prior professional associations
 
 
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