cwest@swenergylaw.com
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Education

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • St. Mary’s University, B.S., Biology, cum laude, 2005

Admissions

  • Texas, 2010
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas

 

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Christopher M. West

Chris West advises clients on matters related to energy and natural resources law. His practice represents clients in oil and gas related matters including title examination, transactions, drafting instruments affecting real property interests, and land management issues. Chris is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • William S. Sessions American Inns of Court
  • Young Professionals in Energy, Board Member
  • American Association of Professional Landmen, Member
  • San Antonio Association of Professional Landmen, Member
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • St. Mary’s Law Journal, Editor in Chief, 2009-2010
  • John M. Harlan Society, 2010
  • Phi Delta Phi, 2008
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Selected for inclusion as a “Texas Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, 2018-2020
  • SA Scene, “San Antonio’s Best Lawyers,” 2014, 2016
  • Elected Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

NEWS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Fifth Circuit Update, Oil and Gas Law, 48 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 695 (2016)

OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION COMPANIES

Representing oil and gas exploration companies, Chris advises on all facets of operational activities and issues, including:

  • Rendering acquisition, original drilling, supplemental and division order title opinions and preparation of title and curative instruments
  • Operational development of prospects, including pooling and unit instruments, dissolution and reformation of units, and production allocation agreements
  • Royalty and mineral ownership disputes and transfers
  • Negotiating leases, surface use agreements and related agreements on behalf of operators

MINERAL AND ROYALTY OWNERS

  • Negotiating leases, surface use agreements and related agreements
  • Lease administration issues
  • Transfers of ownership, including conveyances, assignments, partitions and stipulation agreements; coordination with oil and gas payors to distribute production proceeds in accordance with such transfers