James N. "Jim" Cowden

Jim has practiced oil and gas law exclusively with the firm since joining in 1976. His practice includes business advice in oil and gas matters and an administrative law practice primarily before the Railroad Commission of Texas and Texas General Land Office. Jim has been an author and speaker at various institutes and seminars on oil and gas law.

Recognitions & Awards

Selected for The Best Lawyers in America in Oil & Gas Law, a Woodward/White, Inc. publication, 2007-2020

Board Certified, Oil Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1986

Order of the Coif

Articles Editor of Southwestern Law Journal, 1973-1974

Bar Admissions & Activities

Admitted to the State Bar of Texas

Member, Austin Bar Association

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation


Southern Methodist University, BBA, 1971

Southern Methodist University School of Law, JD, 1974

Articles & Presentations

Railroad Commission Regulations of Special Importance to the Oil and Gas Practitioner – 11th Annual Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute (1985) Sponsored by University of Texas School of Law

Surface-Subsurface Rights and Obligations Incidental to Exploration, Drilling and Production Operations – 5th  Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Course (1987) Sponsored by State Bar of Texas