Throughout his career Mr. Leaverton has represented both small and large oil and gas exploration and development companies. The primary focus of his practice is the preparation of title opinions for the drilling of oil and gas wells and the payment of production from such wells. He has also been actively involved in representing clients in the purchase and sale of both producing and non-producing oil and gas properties. Mr. Leaverton's oil and gas practice includes not only the preparation of drilling and division order title opinions and purchase and sale agreements, but also the preparation of contracts, agreements, assignments, deeds, and leases. He has represented clients in the ownership, development, and management of water resources and in environmental matters. He is also involved in representing clients before State of Texas governmental agencies such as the Railroad Commission of Texas and the General Land Office. Mr. Leaverton has appeared in court in oil and gas litigation both as representative counsel and expert witness.
- Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business,
Texas Tech University, 1972
- Doctor of Jurisprudence,
University of Texas at Austin, 1974
- Attorney at Law, Texas 1974
- Board Certified - Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law,
1986 to Present
- Attorney at Law, Pennsylvania 2011
Professional Affiliations & Honors
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Pennsylvania
- All Texas and Pennsylvania state courts
Mr. Leaverton has long been involved in numerous civic and religious activities. While in Midland, Texas, where he lived for 21 years, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Midland United Way and the Palmer Drug Abuse Program. In addition, Mr. Leaverton enjoyed coordinating building projects on the homes of the poor and elderly through Midland's Christmas in April Project. He was also in the inaugural class of Leadership Midland. · As a Christian, Mr. Leaverton has served in many ministries, both in the church and in para-church organizations. He is a teacher of the Scriptures and has served as a Sunday School teacher (for adults, high schoolers, and university students) and was the Teaching Director of the Men's Community Bible Study class in Midland, Texas. Mr. Leaverton has been an adult volunteer in many youth ministries such as Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Teen Community Bible Study. · He has also served on the Board of Trustees of both Community Bible Study, Inc. and Community Bible Study International, Inc.
Mr. Leaverton was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. He has been married to the former Vicki Browder since 1974 and they have been blessed with two wonderful children, David and Lindsey. David is the Field Representative in Knoxville, TN for U.S. Senator Bob Corker, is married to Erin Townsend Leaverton, and has one daughter, Grace Elizabeth. His daughter, Lindsey, is Manager of one of Wells Fargo Bank’s branches in Austin, Texas.