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Houston, TX

Michael D. Jones

Partner | Jones Gill LLP

Michael D. Jones has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional.

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AV® Preeminent™ Rated attorney Michael D. Jones is a national leader in United States oil, gas, and mineral law. With forty years of experience, Mr. Jones is currently a partner with the Houston-based law firm Jones Gill LLP, where he assists clients in all areas of his field, from state and federal litigation to title examination and related transactions. He is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in civil and trial law as well as oil, gas, and mineral law. Mr. Jones's eminence in his field has earned him selection to Texas Super Lawyers® for three years running.

As he describes it, Mr. Jones's passion for oil and gas law came after accepting a position with ExxonMobil:

I got hired as counsel for Exxon where I managed litigation disputes for the company and its affiliates. I fell in love with the field and have never left it.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts from Shimer College, magna cum laude, Mr. Jones went on to complete his Juris Doctor at the University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude, in 1977. Since then he has tried more than thirty-five $250,000 to $14,000,000 jury trials to conclusion and judgment. Additionally, he has successfully presented many arguments before Texas Courts of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and courts across Wyoming, Colorado, California, and Illinois. Mr. Jones has also served as an expert witness, mediator, and AAA arbitrator in oil, gas, and mineral law cases.

As a leader in his field, Mr. Jones has published numerous articles and a casebook. He has additionally taught at South Texas College for over two decades and has spoken on many occasions at continuing legal education seminars. With this prominence, he maintains a unique vantage point from which to keep his eye on the latest developments in oil, gas, and mineral law.

Looking toward continued growth, Mr. Jones is active within his local bar associations. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Section of the State Bar of Texas and is next year’s Chairman-Elect of the same section.

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Awards & Honors

  • AV® Preeminent® Rated – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected to Texas Super Lawyers® (2015-2017)

Education & Certification

  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1977)
  • Shimer College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974)
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Vice Chairman of Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Section; Litigation Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • Texas • Illinois • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits • U.S. Supreme Court

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