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I am currently an in-house attorney with Devon Energy Corporation where I focus on transactional matters in Devon’s Onshore Exploration and Production Division. Previously, I was associated with the civil litigation boutique firm of Curnutt & Hafer, L.L.P. There, my practice focused on oil and gas matters, commercial litigation, insurance disputes, and personal injury cases.

My oil and gas experience includes representing clients in cases involving royalty and surface-use disputes, operator duties, drill-site accidents, pipeline and easement matters, contract and lease disputes, pooling, and title matters. I have also represented a wide array of commercial clients in franchise disputes, collection matters, breach of contract cases, and insurance disputes. In addition, I have represented clients in negligence cases, ranging from defending a commercial client in a work-site suit, to asserting a plaintiff's rights in a serious personal injury matter. I also have significant appellate experience, having briefed appeals in Texas state courts, as well as both the Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Prior to becoming an attorney, I enjoyed a successful career in the Telecommunications Industry, working for three of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, namely MCI, GTE, and Sprint. Most notably, I was responsible for managing a product line of Internet Services with a revenue stream in excess of $1 Billion, and was named a "Distinguished Contributor" for outstanding service with Sprint in 1999.

I am licensed to practice law in all state courts of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas, but I am presently only practicing in Texas.


Practice areas


  1. Oil & Gas: 100%
    10 years

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    Daniel is a consummate professional. He brings not only the requisite legal knowledge but also common sense, business acumen, and determination in tackling any challenge that he is presented with. He is a dedicated and involved practitioner that spends time helping to further the profession and his community, and his efforts serve to inspire and lift up those around him.


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Contact info

Devon Energy Corporation

333 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK, 73102-5015


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200607/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
40 Under 40Fort Worth Business Press2012
Texas Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
The College of the State Bar of TexasState Bar of Texas2012
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2011
The College of the State Bar of TexasState Bar of Texas2011
Texas Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Pro Bono College, MemberState Bar of Texas2007
Eldon B. Mahon Inn of CourtAmerican Inns of Court2007
Cum Laude GraduateUniversity of Mississippi School of Law2005
Phi Delta Phi, MemberInternational Legal Fraternity2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDevon Energy Corporation2012 - Present
Associate AttorneyCurnutt & Hafer, L.L.P.2006 - 2012
Market Development ManagerSprint1998 - 2002
Product ManagerGTE Communications Corporation1997 - 1998
Pricing AnalystWorldCom1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tarrant County Bar FoundationFellow2012 - Present
The Institute for Energy Law, Young Professionals CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation SectionMember2010 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Litigation SectionMember2009 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas and Energy Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Dallas Association of Young LawyersMember2006 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Tarrant County Bar Association, Energy Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Fort Worth Downtown Neighborhood AllianceSecretary2012 - 2012
Arlington Young Lawyers AssociationPresident2011 - 2012
Fort Worth Downtown Neighborhood AllianceAdvisory Board2011 - 2012
Arlington Young Lawyers AssociationVice President2010 - 2011
Dallas Bar Association, E-Mentoring CommitteeSchool Coordinator and E-Mentor2010 - 2012
State Bar of Texas, Web Services CommitteeMember2009 - 2012
Arlington Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2012
Texas Young Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Huggins v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., et al.Unanimous jury verdict in favor of client.
B. Hall Contracting Inc. v. Evanston Ins. Co., No. 06-11088, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 7544 (5th Cir. Apr. 8, 2008) (on brief).Obtained reversal on appeal.
Huggins v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., et al., 592 F.3d 853 (8th Cir. 2010) (on brief).Obtained reversal on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
e-News, Texas Young Lawyers AssociationLawyers Cooking and Judges Judging: Arlington's First Annual Chili Cook-Off2011
Headnotes (Dallas Bar)Mineral Royalty Mispayments: The Payor's Right of Recoupment2011
Texas Wesleyan Law ReviewMineral Royalty Mispayments: The Payor's Rights, Obligations, and Risks in Royalty Mispayment Scenarios, Including the Pitfalls and Prerogative of Self-Help Recoupment2011
Distributed to Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen (“OCAPL”)Surface-Owner Conflicts: When and How to Obtain a “TRO,” co-author with Kelly J. Curnutt and Douglas R. Hafer2010
e-News, Texas Young Lawyers AssociationThere are young lawyers in Arlington - Who knew? The newest TYLA Affiliate is formed.2010
Texas Wesleyan Law ReviewA Practical Guide to Operator/Surface-Owner Disputes and The Current State of the Accommodation Doctrine2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Mississippi State UniversityBusiness AdministrationB.B.A.1996
George Washington Univesity - Graduate School of Political ManagementPolitical ManagementSummer Scholar Program1996
Georgetown UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Oil and Gas Royalty ConferenceRoyalty Mispayments: What to do?2012
CLE PresentationMineral Royalty Mispayments2012
CLE PresentationMineral Royalty Mispayments2011
2011 Energy SymposiumModerator, In-House Panel Discussion2011