Karen O. Donnelly
Of Counsel
(281) 203-5731
Office: The Woodlands
J.D. South Texas College of Law
B.B.A. University of Houston (Accounting)
Licensure: TX
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Karen Donnelly focuses her practice in the areas of energy and mineral title law.  She has handled various complex oil and gas title issues, and has analyzed and interpreted deeds, contracts, agreements, assignments, and other title instruments.  Prior to her practice of law, Ms. Donnelly spent over twenty years as an oil and gas accountant, handling joint interests, revenue,  gas balancing, suspense maintenance, escheat, state and federal reporting and acquisition and divestiture due diligence projects.

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2012 Kilburn Law Firm, PLLC
2009 Labanowski & Associates
2008-2009 Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, L.L.P.
2003-2008 Labanowski & Associates
2000-2003 Capstone Global Energy, L.L.C.
1991-2000 3TEC Energy, Inc./Floyd Oil Company
1987-1991 Total Minatome Corporation
1986 Harmony Drilling Company
1982-1986 Inexco Oil Company

Speaking Engagements

"The Impact of HB 40 on Texas Drilling Operations," HAPL Shale Seminar, October 2015

"Probate Law Panelist," NADOA 41st Annual Seminar, Chicago, IL, September 2014

"Division Order Title Opinion Panel," Steptoe & Johnson Energy Leadership Summit, Denver, CO, May 2014

"Receiverships," NHAPL Land Seminar, 2006

Key Experience

Render title opinions of all types, including division order title opinions, for large and small operators covering both rural and urban lands in Texas
Perform due diligence for the acquisition of mineral assets by various clients
Perform independent research and prepared analysis of various state laws with respect to escheat for one of the major oil and gas companies

Memberships & Awards

Secretary, Board of Directors, The Woodlands Bar Association.
The Woodlands Bar Association, Energy Resources Section
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas