Raymond B. Kelly III

40 Year Oil & Gas Attorney

Oil & Gas
  • General business practice with concentration in oil, gas and mineral law covering all aspects of mineral transactions for both operators and landowners with respect to leasing, exploration, development and operation of oil, gas and mineral interests, including land/mineral titles.  Focus includes joint operating agreements, joint development agreements, surface use agreements, seismic agreements and issues unique to oil and gas development in urban areas.

Purchase & Sale Agreements
  • Purchase and sale agreements, farmout and farmin agreements and related due diligence.  Represent both buyers and sellers in acquisition and sale of oil and gas properties, both producing and non-producing.

Oil & Gas Litigation
  • Litigation consulting working closely with trial counsel in a wide range of disputes involving landowners, mineral owners, lessors and lessees, specifically including royalty issues, gas contracts and lease termination.


Rob has been practicing law for over forty years with the same firm where he has enjoyed an active oil and gas practice including engagements with independent oil and gas operators, some for most of his career to date.  Having witnessed the vagaries of the oil and gas industry from both the legal and business perspectives, Rob has the experience to navigate the challenges yet to come in the ever evolving world of oil and gas exploration and production and associated legal issues for both landowners and operators.

Apart from the law practice, Rob has been involved in his community having served on the boards of a number of organizations in support of the arts, healthcare, education and human services.  He has been an officer and director of the William Edrington Scott Foundation for most of those forty years and remains very much involved in the world of philanthropy and the foundation arena.

Rob also enjoys skiing, hiking and flower photography in the mountains of Colorado where he spends some, but not nearly enough, time each summer and winter.  Other activities include running, golf and hunting.  Travel is a consuming interest having been all around and all over the world including visits to all seven continents combining the history of the country with active engagements with the people and places visited.

  • Admissions and Professional Associations
    • Supreme Court of Texas
    • Tarrant County Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation – Sustaining Life Fellow
    • Tarrant County Bar Foundation – Sustaining Charter Fellow
    • American Bar Association
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Awards & Published Works
    • Board Certified: Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1986)
    • “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters (2005-2007)
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2005-2007, 2010, 2014-2015)
    • “Power Attorney” by Fort Worth Business Press (2011)
    • Author: “What Price Gas?” 7 St. Mary’s Law Journal 333 (1975)
    • Listed in Who’s Who in America by Marquis
    • Served on original committee to create Fort Worth’s Gas Well Drilling Ordinance.
  • Education
    • The Hill School, Pottstown, PA (1966)
    • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (B.A., Economics, 1970)
    • Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., 1974)
  • Oil and Gas Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas & Mineral law Section
    • Independent Petroleum Association of America
    • U.S. Oil and Gas Association
    • Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
    • Texas Oil and Gas Association
  • Current Board Affiliations
    • William E. Scott Foundation, President
    • Baylor All Saints Health Foundation, Past President
    • Baylor All Saints Medical Center
    • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
    • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
    • Van Cliburn Foundation
    • Davey O’Brien Foundation
    • Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth Foundation
  • Past Board Affiliations
    • Fort Worth Country Day School
    • Philanthropy Southwest, Formerly Conference of Southwest Foundations
    • Community Foundation of North Texas
    • Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Past President
    • Bishop Davies Center
    • Texas Ballet Theatre
    • Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County
    • Center for Nonprofit Management
    • InterCultura Inc.
    • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tarrant County
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