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.

Garrett S. Melchiorre
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Garrett concentrates his practice on examining oil and gas titles, rendering title opinions covering state, federal, and privately owned lands in Texas and New Mexico, and preparing documents for use in the oil and gas industry. Title opinions may be based on abstract examination or done by "stand-up" examination in the county clerk's office. Document preparation includes deeds, leases, joint operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, easements, and many other hybrid documents a client may need.

Areas of Practice

  • Oil and Gas Title Examination
  • Oil and Gas Transactional Work

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • New Mexico

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2010
  • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
    • M.S. - 2007
    • Major: Childhood Education
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • B.A. - 2005
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Policy Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas 2013 Midland County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Midland County Bar Association, Secretary, 2016 to 2017
  • Permian Basin Landmen’s Association
  • American Association of Professional Landmen

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Volunteer/Advisory Board Member
  • Casa de Amigos, Board Member