Timothy E. Malone

34 years of experience finding solutions

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Operating & Development Agreements
    • Experience drafting and negotiating Purchase and Sale Agreements, Participation and Farmout Agreements, Operating Agreements, Financing Documents, and Assignments
    • Provides an experience prospective on nearly all areas of exploration and production
Title Opinions
    • Extensive experience drafting Original and Division Order Opinions and conducting related due diligence
    • Provides legal guidance to clients in disputes related to easements, boundaries, and other title issues

BIO

Tim began his Oil & Gas practice right out of law school in 1980 with the predecessor of the Decker Jones firm. With the collapse of the industry in the mid 80’s, Tim spent over 15 years as a solo practitioner engaging in a broader practice of commercial litigation. With the resurgence of the oil & gas industry beginning the early 2000’s, Tim was able to refocus on his favorite area of the law – Oil & Gas, which now consumes nearly 100% of his time.

Whether dealing with ownership issues in a title matter, disputes between surface and mineral owners, interpretation of instruments or creating agreements to document a transaction, Tim’s goal is always to work towards meeting the needs of the client by offering a path towards a solution. Typically solutions to complex legal issues require careful listening to not only the client, but also the adverse party, to truly understand the issues. Armed with a true understanding the problem and knowledge of the law, Tim provides experienced advice to the clients of Decker Jones in order to move forward towards a solution.

  • Education
    • B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1977
    • J.D., University of Texas, 1979
  • Court Admissions

    Supreme Court of Texas, (1980)

  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Super Lawyers – Energy & Natural Resources” by Thomson Reuters (2012-2016)
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2008 –  2012, 2015)
  • Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section, State Bar of Texas
    • Tarrant County Bar Association
    • Energy Section, Tarrant County bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen
  • Speaker/Instructor
    • “Liens, Foreclosures & Bankruptcy Affecting Oil & Gas Leases” presented to the AAPL Annual Meeting (2012)
    • “Liens, Foreclosures & Bankruptcy Affecting Oil & Gas Leases” presented to the Dallas Bar Energy Section (2012)
    • “Oil and Gas Law Update”, presented to Wealth Management and Trust Division of Texas Bankers Association Real Estate and Oil and Gas Conference (2010)
    • “Shale Play”, presented to Wealth Management and Trust Division of Texas Bankers Association Real Estate and Oil and Gas Conference (2009)
    • “Barnett Shale-The Oddities”, presented National Association of Division Order Analysts (2008)
    • “The War Between Mineral and Surface Owners”, presented to AAPL Southwest Land Institute (2007)
    • “Oil and Gas in an Hour”, presented to Texas Association of Legal Professionals (2007)
    • “Leasing Issues”, presented to Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Seminar (2007)
    • “Urban Drilling: You Want to Drill Where?”, presented Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies
    • “Mineral Interests in Real Estate Transactions”, presented to Dalworth Association of Division Order Analysts
    • Instructor on various oil and gas law topics for TCU Landman Certificate Program.
Tim Malone-2074 Reviewing the contract.

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