“As a top law firm with a burgeoning, leading-edge oil and gas practice, we continue to grow our team of lawyers,” says Richard B. Hemingway, Jr., the Firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group Leader. “We are pleased to have David join Thompson & Knight and confident that his background as a petroleum landman coupled with his legal skills will enhance the services we provide to our valued clients.”
Cias focuses his practice on oil and gas matters. He received a J.D., cum laude, from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2013, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000, and a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College in 1997.
Prior to earning his law degree, he spent nearly a decade in the oil and gas industry working as an independent landman across Texas and North Dakota, where he represented E&P companies in numerous lease acquisitions; researched land titles from sovereignty; performed title curative; and served as a client representative on seismic surveys. As a petroleum landman, he has represented oil and gas companies in the Eagle Ford Shale, East Texas, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, coastal South Texas, West Texas, as well as the Bakken Formation. While attending law school, he worked for EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. as a contract land negotiator, managing producing assets in northern Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale.
He is a Certified Professional Landman and a member of the Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. Cias’ admission to the State Bar of Texas is anticipated in Summer 2014.
About Thompson & Knight
Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight is a full-service firm providing legal solutions to public and private companies, governments, and individuals in all areas, including commercial and tort litigation, banking, finance, real estate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, corporate governance, creditors’ rights, intellectual property, labor, environmental, and white-collar defense matters, among others. The Firm is particularly recognized for its depth of experience and capabilities on behalf of clients in the energy industry, both domestically and around the world. Thompson & Knight has been named the “Law Firm of the Year” in Oil & Gas Law in the 2011-2012 and 2013 consecutive editions of Best Law Firms, the preeminent listing of the nation’s top legal practices published by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America®. The Firm has approximately 330 attorneys with offices in Texas, New York, and California, and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, and Europe.