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John R. Bonica

Oil and gas Attorney

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Oil and gas
    45%
    Energy financings, large scale exploration agreements, seismic agreements, operating agreements, farmout agreements, oil and gas leases, transportation, processing and marketing agreements.

    46 years

  2. Mergers and acquisitions
    35%
    Acquisitions and sales of mid-stream assets and producing properties purchase and sale of companies in the drilling, production and pipeline businesses.

    46 years

  3. Banking
    20%
    Energy Financing

    46 years

Licensed for 44 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2018
Updated 11/28/2022
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1978
Updated 10/23/2022

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Pat | November 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First Rate Oil and Gas Transactional Lawyer
I have known and worked with John on numerous occasions for more than three decades. He is first rate, and has handled a wide range of transactions in Texas and elsewhere. John is extremely responsive and his advice is always accurate and current in terms of legal developments.
Posted by Patricia | April 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
EXCELLENT "BEDSIDE MANNERS"!
If he were a doctor, he would have EXCELLENT "BEDSIDE MANNERS"! Mr. Bonica was TOP NOTCH over the phone during my FREE CONSULTATION! TRULY treated me in a respectful manner. Thoroughly answered ALL of my questions w his great knowledge and prior experience in everyday language I could easily understand! During that phone conversation, I decided that I was going to hire Mr. Bonica as my legal representative. From my personal experience w Mr. Bonica, *** ALL OF THESE 5 STAR REVIEWS ARE ACCURATE !!! *** Do yourself a FAVOR and CALL HIM!
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Counsel and Professionalism
John was prompt, accurate and offered fantastic counsel for my oil and gas agreement. I highly recommend his services and plan on contacting him again.
Posted by Steven Key | November 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding
Mr. Bonica was extremely professional, courteous, and most generous with his prominent expertise. I was to enlist his services but my situation changed and I no longer had need of an attorney for the occasion. Mr. Bonica was most understanding and if my need changes I will; without reservation, contact him in immediately.
Posted by Kathy | December 15, 2014
Trustworthy
Mr. Bonica has been and will continue to be my first choice for an attorney when legal matters arise. Prior to retiring from the workforce I had the privilege of working with John on many corporate matters and since retirement he has worked with me on personal legal matters. I would highly recommend John for any corporate or personal matters. He is responsive, helps explain matters in a way that is easily understood by a lay person and is extremely knowledgeable.
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Posted by James | December 5, 2014
A hard working and trustworthy Lawyer
I have worked with John for 20 years both as President of Seneca Resources and Tiger Eye Resources. John is a great detail lawyer who knows the law and how to structure deals and contracts. He was my lawyer in forming 4 different companies, closing 2 acquisitions and 1 sale. He made sure there are no surprises in the deals he has done for me.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2014
An Excellent Choice!
Mr. Bonica provided excellent guidance in negotiating my oil and gas lease. His obvious expertise in the field and fine-tuned attention to detail, along with his ability to interpret the legal language of the contract and explain my options, made the process run very smoothly.
Posted by Leisa | March 8, 2013
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Mr. Bonica was so helpful that I hired him to help with my legal matter. He is so knowledgable and professional
Posted by Gordon Sorrells | March 2, 2012
Best oil & gas attorney in Houston
John is the best oil and gas lawyer in town. He knows and understands the industry and will identify and focus on the important issues. When I had a difficult transaction, John was my go to guy.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2009
John R. Bonica - Extraordinary Value
Of the many attorneys I have dealt with over the last 30 years, Mr. Bonica proved to be the best value proposition of them all. He listened well and delivered concise, yet comprehensive, responses to my questions. In addition to the specific issues I asked him to address, he identified other challenges and opportunities and provided strategies for minimizing the former while maximizing the latter. He used his time and mine efficiently and effectively to assist me in achieving results that would not have been possible otherwise.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Mergers and Acquisitions Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2008
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Chairman Section of Oil Gas & Mineral Law 1990
  • 1977 - 2008
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
  • 2014
  • Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell® CLIENT REVIEW RATINGS™
  • 2012
  • Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1991
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1990
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1989
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1988
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1987
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1986
  • Board Certified - Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Rutgers Journal of Computers, Technology, and the Law
  • A Re-examination of the Computer Inquiry
  • 1979

Speaking Engagements

  • Gas Contracts
  • Natural Gas Contracts
  • 1996
  • Natural Gas Marketing Course
  • Gas Balancing Case Update
  • 1993
  • Oil Gas and Mineral Law Section Meeting
  • Gas Marketing Problems and Solutions
  • 1991
  • Understanding Today's Gas Sales for Royalty and Working Interests
  • Duties of Operators in Marketing Non-Operators' Natural Gas Production
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
Endorse John
Oil and gas Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Energy and utilities Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Oil and gas Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is an excellent oil and gas lawyer in the Houston area. He is extremely knowledgeable and understands the petroleum industry and his clients needs."
Oil and gas Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An attorney of the highest caliber. Excellent."
Oil and gas Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"John Bonica is among the most knowledgeable and professional transactional attorneys with whom I've had the pleasure of working. He always looks out for the best interests of his clients, and his creativity is unsurpassed."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Other
"John is a great contributor to the AVVO community. He provides thoughtful and complete answers to the questions posed and often cites relevant law. The experience reflected in his answers should greatly assist any client."
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John R. Bonica
Oil and gas Attorney
Licensed for 44 years