T&K Partner Elected Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation

Dallas – Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce Debra J. Villarreal has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Fellows of the Foundation are selected for outstanding professional achievements and a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas.

Debra is a Partner in the Oil and Gas Practice Group of Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office. She 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, the Mississippi Lime, 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.

A frequent writer and speaker on oil and gas topics, she has presented on such topics as joint ventures and gas storage for both the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.  She recently co-wrote the U.S. chapter of a book entitled China Going Global and presented a seminar on Chinese outbound investment in Beijing in conjunction with the launch of the book. In addition, Debra is also actively involved in a number of organizations, including the North Texas Chapter of The Women’s Energy Network, of which she is a founding member and former President and Board Member. At Thompson & Knight, she is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Group.

She has been named 2014 Dallas Oil & Gas Law “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2015). Debra has also been included in Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine (2014) and as Who’s Who in Energy by the Dallas Business Journal (2014).

Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year, one-third of one percent of State Bar members are invited to become Fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership has grown from an initial 254 Charter Fellows in 1965 to more than 8,500 Fellows through Texas today.

The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country.  Founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans. To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $15 million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs and services.  For more information, please visit www.txbf.org.