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    Melissa Munson practices in the areas of business and energy and natural resources law.  Her practice focuses on energy transactions, including those involving oil and gas exploration and production and upstream and midstream asset acquisitions and dispositions.  Melissa’s transactional experience includes advising clients in connection with the formation of joint ventures and joint development projects, general corporate matters including entity formation and corporate formalities, and other commercial transactions. She also has experience conducting due diligence on energy assets and corporate entities.

    Melissa is a member of the Environment, Social, Governance ("ESG") group, a group of attorneys with experience and knowledge about how ESG impacts all aspects of business. 

    Memberships & Awards

    Secretary, Houston Bar Association Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section (2020-2021)
    Member, Institute for Energy Law Leadership Class (2020-2021)
    Council, Houston Bar Association Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section (2019-2020)
    Houston Bar Association
    State Bar of Texas

    Key Experience

    Publicly traded oil and gas company in its divestiture of leasehold assets in Ohio
    Oilfield services company in connection with a joint development of deep injection disposal wells in Texas
    Oilfield services company in connection with the acquisition of properties for salt water disposal well sites in West Texas

    Work Experience

    2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2015-2016 Liskow & Lewis
    2012-2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2011-2012 Peissel Law Firm

    Speaking Engagements

    “Monarch v. Badlands: Colorado Bankruptcy Court Finds Midstream Agreements Run with the Land Under Utah Law,” Oil & Gas E-Report, Institute for Energy Law, Issue 4, December 2019

    “Case Law Update - a Survey of Recent Texas Oil and Gas Cases” Capital Association of Professional Division Order Analysts, Oklahoma City, June 18, 2019

    “Unrecorded Agreement and the Duty of Inquiry,” National Association of Division Order Analysts, New Braunfels, July 31, 2018

    “A Legal Trip Around the Country: Texas Energy Case Law Update,” Institute for Energy Law, Young Energy Professionals Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2018

    "The Impact of HB 40 on Texas Drilling Operations," Houston Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Houston, TX, August 25, 2015

    "Federal Oil & Gas Leases," Energy Webcast, February 2015

    "Federal Oil and Gas Lease Overview," North Houston Association of Professional Landmen, February 2, 2015

    "Due Diligence Pitfalls," Houston Energy Leadership Summit, November 5, 2014

    "Unrecorded Agreements: When to Inquire and Why," Houston Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Houston, TX, July 22, 2014

    "You Call That a Title Opinion? Texas Versus the World," Houston Association of Lease and Title Analysts, Houston, TX, June 25, 2013

    "AG Golden v. SM Energy: Assuming Pre-existing Affirmative Obligations," North Dakota Law School Energy Law Symposium, Grand Forks, ND, October 24, 2013