To all our current and potential clients, we hope you and yours are in good health. Given the current state of our economy and the fight against the COVID-19 virus, many are under significant amounts of stress. Cotton Bledsoe is committed to do its best to help minimize that stress. The Firm is taking significant measures to protect the health of its personnel and many are now working remotely – this includes our attorneys, paralegals and legal secretaries. Our remote capabilities give us access to our systems and we are able to do everything for you that we could prior to this new (temporary) reality. Where appropriate, we have the ability to conduct most meetings virtually.

We will get through this time together. Thank you for your continued trust and please do not hesitate to contact any of our firm’s attorneys directly or through this website. We appreciate all of you and wish you the best as we navigate these unprecedented challenges together.

Bill J. Howard
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Bill is a shareholder and currently section head of the Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Section. He is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Oil and Gas Transactional Work and Title Examination

Bill spends significant time representing oil and gas companies and individuals in structuring, negotiating, and documenting oil and gas transactions, and in examining titles for drilling, division order, acquisition, and financing purposes. He has prepared many different types of purchase and sale agreements, seismic exploration agreements, conventional exploration and development agreements, seismic option agreements, assignments and reservations of oil and gas rights and interests, farmout agreements, operating agreements, and other similar documents. Bill has represented many clients in connection with the purchase and sale of producing and non-producing oil and gas properties, gas pipelines, gas processing facilities, and other related oil and gas assets. He is also experienced in representing clients with issues involving surface and subsurface usage, trespass and damages.  

Oil and Gas Financing

Bill devotes a major portion of his practice to the representation of financial institutions and independent oil companies in structuring, negotiating, and documenting oil and gas loans. He has represented lenders and borrowers in many energy loans involving borrowings in excess of $20 million, and with collateral located in numerous states and offshore areas. In addition, Bill has experience in working on loan workouts, loan participations, loan collections, and loan foreclosures.

Real Estate Transactions

Bill has had a broad range of general real estate experience, including experience in connection with wind energy projects and the purchase, sale, and leasing of commercial and farm and ranch real estate. Bill is also experienced in commercial real estate construction and permanent financing, easements, and assisting Cotton Bledsoe's Estate Planning and Probate and Business Sections with the transfer of assets in connection with estate planning and the restructuring/reorganization of business entities.

Areas of Practice

  • Oil and Gas Transactional Work and Title Examination
  • Oil and Gas Financing
  • Real Estate Transactions

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1982


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    • B.B.A. - 1979

Published Works

  • Selected Title Issues, (Co-Author with Tevis Herd), 13th Annual Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 1987


  • Speaker, Selected Title Issues, 13th Annual Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 1987 to 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Midland County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Midland County Young Lawyers' Association, Member


  • Delta Theta Phi