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Thomas J. Howell

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Phone: (214) 884-4811
Fax: (214) 615-7926

3710 Rawlins St, Suite 950
Dallas, Texas 75219

Thomas Howell has been practicing law in Texas since his graduation from Southern Methodist School of Law in 1975. He has been engaged in private practice since 1987. Previously, Mr. Howell served as in-house counsel for Mobil Oil Corporation and for two other New York Stock Exchange-listed energy companies. His law practice concentrates on business and oil and gas, representing both companies and individuals. Mr. Howell often acts as the quarterback or general counsel for businesses so that if a legal matter arises, he can direct them on the proper course, even if he or his firm won't be legal counsel. He was Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Certification in 1986, the first year this certification was offered. His practice also includes estate planning and probate.


J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1975

B.S., United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1965
Honors: Company Commander in charge of approximately 100 Midshipmen; selected for Admiral Rickover's Nuclear Power Program
Major: Marine Engineering

Professional and Bar Association Memberships

American Association of Petroleum Landmen

Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association

Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen
Associate Member

State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section

State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section

State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel Section

State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section

Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law Section

Dallas Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section

Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estates Section

Dallas Bar Association, Securities Section

Past Employment Positions

U.S. Navy, Line Officer, 1965 - 1970

Mobil Oil Corporation, California, Selling to Commercial Accounts and Providing Technical Advice, 1971 - 1972

Certified Legal Specialties

Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1986 – 1995)

Honors and Awards

AV Rated Attorney: Martindale-Hubbell

Past Chairman – Corporate Counsel Sections of Dallas Bar

Captain – Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps (Retired)

D Best 2018

Civic and Other Activities

Present Activities:

Member, North Highlands Bible Church

Benevolence Committee, North Highlands Bible Church

Board Member, Cedar Mill Homeowner Association

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association

Past Activities:

U. S. Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officer, assisting with admissions

Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps (retired as 0-6)

Member, Small Business Council of Greater Dallas Chamber

Congressman Pete Session's Service Academy Selection Board

Committee Chairman, Boy Scout Troop 777

Congressman Sam Johnson's Service Academy Selection Board

Board Member, Hispanic Youth Foundation

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