Two Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Attorneys earn Texas Board Certification in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law



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HOUSTON – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC attorneys Richard J. Steeno and Matthew S. Schlensker recently earned certification in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).  Both practice in the firm’s office in The Woodlands. 

Of more than 70,000 licensed attorneys in Texas, only 8,528 of them are recognized as Board Certified in any specialty.  Only 357 attorneys have attained that distinction since Oil, Gas and Mineral Law was recognized as a specialization area in 1986.   

Steeno and Schlensker join Don Hueske as Steptoe & Johnson’s three Board Certified Oil, Gas and Mineral Law practitioners.

Steeno, Of Counsel, focuses his practice in the area of energy law.  He joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2012.  He earned his legal degree from Texas A&M Law School and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Schlensker, Associate, practices in the areas of mineral title and energy law.  He joined Steptoe & Johnson last year.  He earned his legal degree from South Texas College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri.   

Board certification is a voluntary designation program offered by TBLS certifying Texas attorneys in 21 specific areas of law.  Board certified attorneys must be licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges and pass a six-hour written examination.  

Initial TBLS certification is valid for five years. To remain certified, attorneys and paralegals must apply for recertification every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review, and continuing legal education requirements for their specialty area.

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