Kelli D. Smith
(281) 203-5736
Office: The Woodlands
J.D. University of Houston
M.J. University of Maryland
B.A. Howard University
Licensure: TX
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Kelli Smith is a business attorney who brings energy industry experience to her practice in mineral title and energy law.  Her understanding of the industry is an asset to energy companies who need her help with mineral title examinations, title opinions or due diligence for mineral acquisitions and divestitures.

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2011-2013 Cinco Energy Services
2010-2011 Lipman & Associates, PC

Speaking Engagements

Co-author and speaker, “The Aftermath of Hysaw v. Dawkins: A Fractional Resolution to the Double Fraction Issue,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 37th Annual Institute, Charleston, SC, June 14, 2016

Key Experience

Conducted mineral title examinations and rendered mineral title opinions, advising clients on numerous issues including title defects and curative requirements, lease analysis and mineral and leasehold ownership
Handled matters involving mineral acquisitions and divestitures, including coordination and performance of due diligence and title defect curative work
Coordinated a due diligence project for the $2.1 billion acquisition of producing properties and undeveloped leasehold in Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Wyoming

Memberships & Awards

Board Member, Texas Women Lawyers for District 3
Texas State Bar
Director of Membership, The Woodlands Bar Association
Chair, Energy Resources Section of The Woodlands Bar Association