Timothy E. Malone

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34 years of experience finding solutions

Operating & Development Agreements
    • Malone is experienced in drafting and negotiating Purchase and Sale Agreements, Participation and Farmout Agreements, Operating Agreements, Financing Documents, and Assignments.
    • He provides an experienced perspective on nearly all areas of exploration and production.
Title Opinions
    • Malone has experience drafting Original and Division Order Opinions and conducting related due diligence.
    • He provides legal guidance to clients in disputes related to easements, boundaries, and other title issues.


Timothy E. Malone began his Oil & Gas practice right out of law school in 1980 with the predecessor of the Decker Jones firm. With the collapse of the industry in the mid 80s, Mr. Malone spent over 15 years as a solo practitioner, engaging in a broader practice of commercial litigation. With the resurgence of the oil & gas industry beginning the early 2000s, Mr. Malone refocused on his favorite area of the law—Oil & Gas—which now consumes nearly 100% of his time.

Whether dealing with ownership issues in a title matter, disputes between surface and mineral owners, interpretation of instruments or creating agreements to document a transaction, Mr. Malone’s goal is always to work towards meeting the needs of the client by offering a clear path to a solution.  He works to truly understand the issues at hand by listening carefully to not only his clients but also adverse parties.  Armed with a strong command of the problem and knowledge of the law, Mr. Malone provides experienced advice to his clients.

  • Education
    • B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1977
    • J.D., University of Texas, 1979
  • Court Admissions

    Supreme Court of Texas, (1980)

  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Top Attorneys” by 360 West Magazine (2020, 2021, 2023)
    • “Super Lawyers – Energy & Natural Resources” by Thomson Reuters (2012-2023)
    • “Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine (2008 –  2012, 2015, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section, State Bar of Texas
    • Tarrant County Bar Association
    • Energy Section, Tarrant County bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen
  • Speaker/Instructor
    • “Liens, Foreclosures & Bankruptcy Affecting Oil & Gas Leases” presented to the AAPL Annual Meeting (2012)


    • “Liens, Foreclosures & Bankruptcy Affecting Oil & Gas Leases” presented to the Dallas Bar Energy Section (2012)


    • “Oil and Gas Law Update,” presented to Wealth Management and Trust Division of Texas Bankers Association Real Estate and Oil and Gas Conference (2010)


    • “Shale Play,” presented to Wealth Management and Trust Division of Texas Bankers Association Real Estate and Oil and Gas Conference (2009)


    • “Barnett Shale-The Oddities,” presented National Association of Division Order Analysts (2008)


    • “The War Between Mineral and Surface Owners,” presented to AAPL Southwest Land Institute (2007)


    • “Oil and Gas in an Hour,” presented to Texas Association of Legal Professionals (2007)


    • “Leasing Issues,” presented to Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Seminar (2007)


    • “Urban Drilling: You Want to Drill Where?,” presented Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies


    • “Mineral Interests in Real Estate Transactions,” presented to Dalworth Association of Division Order Analysts


    • Instructor on various oil and gas law topics for TCU Landman Certificate Program.
Tim Malone Reviewing the contract.