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Donald S. Smith

Donald S. Smith is a shareholder at Pray Walker, joining the firm in 1983. He is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa. Don concentrates his practice in the areas of energy, environmental and title examination law, with an emphasis on transactional work for oil and gas producers, operators and midstream companies.

Don has negotiated, coordinated, and closed numerous energy transactions including divestitures, joint development agreements, “drillco” and other 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. Don works with clients’ day-to-day drafting and negotiation of service agreements, joint operating agreements and marketing contracts.

Don is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Energy Law and Natural Resources Law/Oil and Gas Law (2007-2023). He is also listed in Oklahoma’s Super Lawyers (2013-2023) and is a long-time member of the Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen. Don is licensed to practice in Oklahoma and Texas.


Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Gas Gathering and Other Midstream Companies

Drilling Companies and Oilfield Services


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

Community Involvement