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Overview

Adam assists clients in the energy industry with their real property needs.

Throughout his career, Adam has focused on the energy world, primarily working with owners and operators of oil and gas assets. Recently, he has expanded his practice into forms of renewable energy as well, including solar and wind. Adam drafts and negotiates leasing, purchase and sale, master service, confidentiality, operating and surface use agreements; deeds; conveyances; financing instruments; and other real property documents. He also has experience representing clients in contract disputes, drafting and reviewing title opinions, obtaining state permits, and advising clients on state energy and environmental regulations.

He’s usually at the client’s side all the way through the process, from the first contact with landowners or acquisition through the full development and eventual divestiture of the project. Adam was first drawn to a legal career because he considered it a service-driven industry with frequent opportunities to help when people are in need—an attitude that’s still reflected in his client service today.

Adam appreciates the detailed nature of energy and real estate transactions: he’s excited to analyze every piece of an agreement and to consider the wide variety of legal concepts transactions raise. He has long been fascinated by real property rights, especially with the complex history of land ownership in Texas.

Adam is best known among clients as an excellent communicator. He’s a gifted negotiator primarily because he believes communication includes effectively conveying your point, and, more importantly, listening to and understanding the other party. It’s a skill that means he knows how to ask the right questions to get the answers needed for clients to make the best business decisions.


Industry

Services

Education

  • J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law
    • Dean's List
    • St. Mary's Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Texas Lutheran University
    • Dean's List and Provost's List

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Ohio
  • Wyoming

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
  • State Bar of Texas; Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Group
  • San Antonio Bar Association; Natural Resources Section


* Contact Adam to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Austin office.
Experience
  • Negotiate, prepare and review master service agreements, confidentiality agreements and numerous forms of documents affecting real property, including operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, leases, deeds, conveyances, surface use agreements and financing instruments.
  • Represent clients in the acquisition, development and divestiture of oil and gas assets.
  • Respond to and send demand letters regarding breach of contracts.
  • Represent clients before courts in contract disputes.
  • Obtain court appointed receivers for mineral and royalty owners.
  • Review and analyze state agency regulations to assist clients with their proposed operations and activities.
  • Assist clients in the preparation and filing of necessary permits with the appropriate state agency.
  • Draft and review numerous forms and types of title opinions covering the ownership of surface and mineral estates, and the payments due under leases, including oil and gas, wind and solar.
Outside the Office

As the father of three daughters under age 10, Adam spends most of his weekends either coaching or assistant coaching their softball and soccer teams. He also enjoys golfing and is hoping to help his girls develop more of an interest in the game.

Adam is also very active in his church, serving in a variety of roles.

Community Leadership

Adam enjoys coaching his daughters’ sports teams and volunteering at his church.

  • Alamo Heights Fort Sam Houston Youth Soccer League, Volunteer Coach, 2019–present
  • Alamo Heights Little League, Volunteer Assistant Coach, 2019–present
  • Christ Lutheran Day School Board, 2017–2021; Board Chair, 2018–2020
  • Christ Lutheran Church; Treasurer, 2020–present; Financial Management Advisory Committee, 2016–present
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Health Ministries, 2020–present; Investment Committee, 2021–present
  • Valero Texas Open, Volunteer Walking Scorer, 2014–2020

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