Debra J. Villarreal

Debra J. Villarreal

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.1544
    214.969.1751
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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.

Experience

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of producing properties in multiple states for $150,000,000

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of producing properties in New Mexico and Texas for $64,500,000

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of working interest in Oklahoma Mississippi Lime properties for $1,020,000,000 and related joint development agreement

  • Represented seller in sale of Texas properties for $53,000,000

  • Represented participant in joint development agreement in the Utica Shale

  • Represented purchasers in acquisition of offshore Gulf of Mexico properties for $1,151,391,000

  • Represented seller in divestiture of producing properties in Oklahoma and Texas for $780,000,000

  • Represented seller in divestiture of undeveloped acreage in Eagle Ford for $168,500,000

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of exploration and development company with properties in Texas for $800,000,000

  • Represented sellers of four producing wells and undeveloped acreage in Eagle Ford for $45,329,570

  • Represented sellers of overriding royalties in Eagle Ford for $53,260,000

  • Represented seller in divestiture of producing properties in Texas for $30,000,000

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of undeveloped acreage in Marcellus for $144,800,000

  • 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

  • Represented participant in exploration and development agreement in Marcellus

  • Represented purchaser in divestiture of properties in Texas for $21,500,000

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of properties in Texas for $76,000,000

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of properties in Oklahoma for $1,415,360

  • Represented seller in divestiture of properties in New Mexico for $8,500,000

  • Represented participant in exploration and development agreement regarding properties in Texas

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of producing properties in Eagle Ford for $95,000,000 and a carry of $31,500,000

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of producing properties in Haynesville for $101,000,000

  • Represented seller in divestiture of producing properties in Haynesville for $60,533,593

  • Represented seller in divestiture of properties in Barnett for $18,114,928

  • Represented owner in negotiation of construction agreement for gas plant in Texas

  • Represented company in negotiation of drilling rig contract for operations in the Mediterranean

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Oil and Gas Law); 2010-2018

  • Dallas Oil & Gas Law "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc.; 2014, 2017

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Energy & Natural Resources), D Magazine; 2014, 2016-2017

  • Who’s Who in Energy, Dallas Business Journal; 2014

  • Spirit of WEN Award Nominee; 2014

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, State Bar of Texas

  • Past Chair of Energy Section, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

  • National Sponsorship Director, Women's Energy Network, 2018; Board Member and Past President, North Texas Chapter

  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

  • Member, Texas Bar College

  • Board of Directors, Bryan's House