James Thompson represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate, transactional, and other commercial matters.  He focuses on the upstream, midstream and renewable segments of the energy industry with additional experience in a range of other industries. 

James represents the entire spectrum of energy companies and participants – majors, independents, management groups, oilfield services companies, and mineral and royalty companies – with respect to assets and projects both inshore (in over 20 states and in every major basin) and offshore. 

His energy practice includes the following:

  • Acquisition, divestiture and financing of midstream and upstream assets
  • Upstream joint ventures and exploration and development programs
  • Renewable energy agreements (wind, solar and geothermal)
  • Upstream and midstream agreements including farm out agreements, participation agreements, agreements related to seismic data acquisition and licensing, surface and subsurface easements, oil and gas leases, drilling contracts, master service agreements, marketing agreements, and gas, liquids and crude oil purchase, transport, and gathering agreements
  • Oil and gas disputes

James is board certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Honors & Recognitions

The Legal 500, Recommended Lawyer in Oil and Gas Transactions, 2020

Texas Super Lawyers, Energy & Resources, 2014-2019

  • Board Certified - Oil Gas Mineral
  • 2020 Legal 500
  • 2021Chambers Global



J.D., University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 2001

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors, 1997



United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas


James’ representative experience includes the following:

Upstream Energy Transactions

Renewable Energy and Other Transactions

  • Wind energy company regarding the sale of its wind energy interests in North Texas for undisclosed amount.
  • Negotiation of a geothermal lease covering over 45,000 acres.
  • Airport infrastructure company and a management group regarding private equity funding and an airport infrastructure project.
  • Environmental services company in restructuring and other matters.
  • Acquisition of majority stake in healthcare company.



Texas Bar Association

Section Council, Houston Bar Association - Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section, Member

Houston Producers' Forum, Member

Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, Member

The Arbor School, Board Member

Children's Museum Houston, Board Member