So how did I come to be an oil and gas lawyer in Austin, Texas? I didn’t take an oil and gas course at the University of Texas Law School. I grew up in a small town in the Texas Panhandle, in one of the few counties in Texas that has never had a producing oil well. I began my career, after a year’s clerkship, at a small law firm in Dallas specializing in securities law.
Then my best friend from high school, who had recently moved back to his home in Austin to take a job at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon, Moody, and Garwood, a firm that in 1980 was one of the four or five established local firms (and I think the best) in the community, convinced his firm to offer me a job. I was assigned to the real estate section of the firm, but shortly thereafter an associate who was working in oil and gas law left the firm, and I was asked to pitch in. I had done a little oil and gas work with my former Dallas firm, so I agreed.