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John was among the first group of Texas lawyers to earn Board Certification in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law in 1986 from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas for over 20 years.  The College of the State Bar of Texas is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas.  John's transactional practice is focused on representation of landowners, pipelines, producers, refiners, natural gas and products traders and lenders in mergers, acquisitions, financings, leasing and other energy related transactions.


Languages spoken: Italian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Oil & Gas: 39%
    39 years
  2. M & A: 35%
    39 years
  3. Energy: 15%
  4. Banking: 10%
    39 years
  5. Unspecified: 1%


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    John is an outstanding lawyer and has unique expertise in the area of oil and gas matters. He has completed numerous major transactions and has the confidence of many companies in the industry.


    Charles Peissel Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Patrick S. Ottinger

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with John on numerous occasions over the past twenty or so years. John demonstrates the rare attributes of a high level of competence with a vast knowledge of applicable law, all delivered in a timely and professonal manner. As we practice in different states (with different laws), we often consult each other on matters in the jurisdiction of the other. I recommend John without hesistation in a variety of areas, particularly including oil and gas transactional matters.


    Patrick Ottinger Oil and gas Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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John R Bonica, PC

528 Threlkeld Street
Houston, TX, 77007-2713


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197807/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™2015
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™2014
Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™2013
Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™2012
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell® CLIENT REVIEW RATINGS™2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
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Board Certified - Oil, Gas and Mineral LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentJohn R Bonica, PC1994 - Present
PartnerSeiler, Bonica, Cohn & Stebbins1993 - 1994
PartnerHonigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn1990 - 1993
PartnerWinstead Sechrest & Minick1983 - 1990
AssociateBonham Carrington & Fox, PC1980 - 1983
AttorneyUnion Texas Petroleum Division of Allied Chemical Corporation1977 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Houston Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions SectionMember2010 - Present
Texas Association of Bank CounselMember1994 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember1991 - Present
Energy Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law FoundationMember1994 - 2008
Houston Bar AssociationChairman Section of Oil Gas & Mineral Law 19901977 - 2008
American Bar AssociationMember1977 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Russell Sage Foundation v. The Nature Conservancy of Texas et al.favorable settlement for plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Rutgers Journal of Computers, Technology, and the LawA Re-examination of the Computer Inquiry1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - NewarkLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Amherst CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gas ContractsNatural Gas Contracts1996
Natural Gas Marketing CourseGas Balancing Case Update1993
Oil Gas and Mineral Law Section MeetingGas Marketing Problems and Solutions1991
Understanding Today's Gas Sales for Royalty and Working InterestsDuties of Operators in Marketing Non-Operators' Natural Gas Production1990