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Donald S. Smith

Donald S. Smith

Donald S. Smith


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Don Smith joined Pray Walker in 1983 and has been a Shareholder with the Firm since 1990. Practicing in the areas of energy law, environmental law and title examination law, his primary emphasis is in energy transactions, principally representing oil and gas producers and operators in the purchase and sale of exploration and production assets, gathering and other midstream properties, and energy-related surface facilities. Don has negotiated, coordinated and closed numerous energy transactions including divestitures, joint development agreements, participation agreements, and exploration agreements. He has conducted and overseen many title due diligence projects in multi-state transactions involving the purchase or collateralization of oil and gas assets. He has also represented oil companies involved in hydrocarbon remediations and “brownfields” redevelopments in California, New Jersey, Vermont and in Ontario, Canada.

Don is the past chairman of the Firm’s Energy Section and has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Energy Law (2007-2018) and Natural Resources Law/Oil and Gas Law (2013-2018). He is also listed in Oklahoma’s Super Lawyers (2013-2018).

Practice Areas:
Energy Transactions
Oil and Gas Title Examinations
Environmental Law Representing Oil and Gas Producers
Oil and Gas Due Diligence Projects

Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Gathering and other Midstream Companies
Drilling Companies and other Oilfield Service Providers

J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law (1982)
B.A., Southwest Missouri State University (1979)

Professional Affiliations:
Oklahoma Bar Association (Past Chair of Energy Section)
Tulsa County Bar AssociationTulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (past Chair, Legal Committee