Debra J. Villarreal - Thompson & Knight LLP

Debra J. Villarreal

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Debra Villarreal is an experienced oil and gas attorney who counsels her clients to maximize gains while minimizing risks in joint ventures and the purchase and sale of oil and gas properties. She has closed acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures in the Eagle Ford, the Barnett, the Haynesville, and the Marcellus. She has also represented companies in the acquisition of interests in federal leases offshore Gulf of Mexico, including negotiating unit participation and offshore operating agreements. Debra's experience extends to all facets of the energy industry, including joint operating agreements, leases, drilling rig contracts, exploration agreements, participation agreements, farmouts, title review, and due diligence. With her strong financial background, she has represented numerous borrowers and lenders in financings secured by oil and gas assets, including plants, pipelines, undeveloped acreage, and producing properties.

Washburn UniversityBBA 1981University of KansasJ.D. 1989
American Bar AssociationState Bar of TexasDallas Bar AssociationEnergy & Mineral Law FoundationThe Women's Energy Network, North Texas Chapter

Case History

Acquisition of Offshore Gulf of Mexico Properties — Represented purchasers in acquisition of offshore Gulf of Mexico properties for $1,151,391,000
Divestiture of Producing Properties in Oklahoma and Texas — Represented seller in divestiture of producing properties in Oklahoma and Texas for $780,000,000
Divestiture of Undeveloped Acreage in Eagle Ford — Represented seller in divestiture of undeveloped acreage in Eagle Ford for $168,500,000
Acquisition of Exploration and Development Company — Represented purchaser in acquisition of exploration and development company with properties in Texas for $800,000,000
Sale of Producing Wells and Acreage in Eagle Ford — Represented sellers of four producing wells and undeveloped acreage in Eagle Ford for $45,329,570
Sale of Overriding Royalties in Eagle Ford — Represented sellers of overriding royalties in Eagle Ford for $53,260,000
Divestiture of Producing Properties in Texas — Represented seller in divestiture of producing properties in Texas for $30,000,000
Acquisition of Undeveloped Acreage in Marcellus — Represented purchaser in acquisition of undeveloped acreage in Marcellus for $144,800,000
Divestiture of Producing Properties and Acreage in Marcellus — Represented seller in divestiture of interest in producing properties and undeveloped acreage in Marcellus for $162,400,000 and a carry for $30,000,000
Exploration and Development Agreement in Marcellus — Represented participant in exploration and development agreement in Marcellus
Divestiture of Properties in Texas — Represented purchaser in divestiture of properties in Texas for $21,500,000
Acquisition of Properties in Texas — Represented purchaser in acquisition of properties in Texas for $76,000,000
Acquisition of Properties in Oklahoma — Represented purchaser in acquisition of properties in Oklahoma for $1,415,360
Divestiture of Properties in New Mexico — Represented seller in divestiture of properties in New Mexico for $8,500,000
Exploration and Development Agreement in Texas — Represented participant in exploration and development agreement regarding properties in Texas
Acquisition of Producing Properties in Eagle Ford — Represented purchaser in acquisition of producing properties in Eagle Ford for $95,000,000 and a carry of $31,500,000
Acquisition of Producing Properties in Haynesville — Represented purchaser in acquisition of producing properties in Haynesville for $101,000,000
Divestiture of Producing Properties in Haynesville — Represented seller in divestiture of producing properties in Haynesville for $60,533,593
Divestiture of Properties in Barnett — Represented seller in divestiture of properties in Barnett for $18,114,928
Construction Agreement for Gas Plant — Represented owner in negotiation of construction agreement for gas plant in Texas
Drilling Rig Contract for Operations in the Mediterranean — Represented company in negotiation of drilling rig contract for operations in the Mediterranean

Office Location

One Arts Plaza, Suite 1500
1722 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Oil and Gas Law of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Oil and Gas Law of the Dallas Metro Area
Debra J. Villarreal has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Debra J. Villarreal has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Oil and Gas Law