Ethan M.  Wood

I’ll do whatever it takes to close a deal while also protecting the best interests of my clients. I think through problems from multiple angles, focus on the smallest details and leverage every available technology resource to develop the most creative and cost-efficient solutions.

With significant experience in numerous areas of natural resources law, Ethan Wood advises upstream and midstream energy clients on the entire range of transactions and issues that arise during oil and gas operations in Texas and many states across the country. He has guided clients through a variety of multi-million-dollar deals and other operational transactions, with a strong emphasis on the acquisition, divestiture and financing of producing assets, private securities offerings, oil and gas leases and joint operating agreements. Ethan is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Ethan also conducts title examinations and renders opinions for producers with drilling operations throughout Texas and coordinates identical activities with local counsel in multiple jurisdictions, including New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. As a former independent petroleum landman, Ethan has a unique perspective on the most important aspects of title examination, which allows him to focus on identifying practical ways for landmen to address issues quickly and proactively in the field.

Representative Experience
  • Represented private equity backed solar and wind royalty buyer in negotiating solar royalty acquisition in Pecos County, Texas
  • Represented private equity backed mineral and royalty buyer in negotiating and performing due diligence for acquisitions of interests across Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and North Dakota in excess of $100 million
  • Represented private equity backed mineral and royalty buyer in day-to-day management of mineral portfolio and in litigation matters
  • Represented family limited partnership in acquisition of mineral interests in Gonzales and DeWitt Counties, Texas
  • Led team preparing drilling and division order title opinions for publicly traded independent oil and gas producer active in East Texas Eagle Ford
  • Represented landowner in sale of mineral interests in Reagan County, Texas for $1.7 million
  • Represented non-operating working interest owner in sale of interests in Winkler County, Texas to private equity backed independent oil and gas producer
  • Assisted in representing private equity backed and publicly traded independent oil and gas producers and non-operators in the acquisition and divestiture of working interests across multiple states
  • Assisted in representing private equity backed and publicly traded independent oil and gas producers and non-operators in negotiation of commercial contracts, including joint development agreements, master services agreements, midstream agreements, joint operating agreements, easement agreements, and saltwater disposal agreements
Thought Leadership / News
June 18, 2020 
 Speeches and Presentations
Underpayment of Royalties: Potential Pitfalls and Latest Developments

TexasBarCLE Oil, Gas & Mineral Title Examination Course

April 2020 
 Thought Leadership

Various publications

February 2020 
 Thought Leadership

Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Newsletter

Organizational Involvement
  • Young Professionals in Energy
  • Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen
  • East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen
  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2012)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Southern Methodist University (2007)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Writing and recording music with my band, A Lighthearted Dive, and other local rock bands
  • Economics/political podcast junkie (Pod Save America, FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast, and Freakonomics are my current addictions)
  • Long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan
  • Weekend video game warrior (Destiny 1&2, Halo 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 4 and the Mass Effect trilogy are some of my all-time favorites)