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 other industries. He is also board certified in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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

His energy practice includes the following:

  • Acquisition, divestiture and financing of upstream and midstream assets
  • Joint ventures and exploration and development programs
  • Renewable energy projects (carbon capture and sequestration, 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

Honors & Recognitions

The Legal 500, Recommended Lawyer in Oil and Gas Transactions

Texas Super Lawyers, Energy & Resources

  • Board Certified - Oil Gas Mineral
  • Legal 500 (Use for current year Accolade)



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

  • Natural Resources Partners L.P. in a carbon dioxide sequestration agreement with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC covering approximately 65,000 acres in southeast Texas.
  • Natural Resources Partners L.P. in a carbon dioxide sequestration agreement with Denbury Carbon Solutions, LLC covering approximately 75,000 acres in Alabama.
  • Black Stone Minerals, L.P. in a transaction with Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC for exclusive access to over 3,000 acres across 12 states for potential large-scale solar development.
  • Undisclosed lessor regarding a geothermal lease covering over 10,000 acres.
  • Undisclosed solar developer in sale of solar project in Central Texas to undisclosed buyer.
  • Undisclosed lessors and lessees on various solar leases in Texas.
  • Wind energy company regarding the sale of its wind energy interests in North Texas for undisclosed amount.
  • Undisclosed lessor regarding 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, Member

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