Dean Chapman has practiced law for almost 50 years.  He is currently Of Counsel to the firm, in the areas of Real Estate and Oil and Gas Law.  Mr. Chapman was formerly a title attorney for Mobil Oil Corporation, Midland, Texas and Houston, Texas (1964-1973).  Thereafter, Mr. Chapman was in the private practice of general oil and gas law in Tyler, Texas (1973-1997), including title examination from abstracts and county records; preparing farm-out agreements, assignments and all other documents of conveyance; before becoming “Of Counsel” to the Firm in June, 1997.

While with Mobil Oil Corporation, Mr. Chapman served as Property Acquisition Specialist, responsible for contacting companies for farm-in of their exploration acreage and for purchasing their producing properties.  He toured the eastern seaboard of the United States from Maine to Georgia to learn the laws of each state for obtaining off-shore oil and gas lease purchases.

While in Midland, Mr. Chapman served as a lobbyist for Mobil in the State of New Mexico.  His close contact with the governor and oil and gas regulatory bodies, along with his attendance at sessions of the legislature kept him abreast of any proposed bills adverse to the oil and gas industry.

Before completing his undergraduate studies, Mr. Chapman served as a Battalion Sergeant Major of the Army Ground Forces during World War II.  He obtained his Juris Doctor degree while working full time as a landman for Mobil Oil Company.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas, 1964

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1964


South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctorate

Baylor University, Bachelor in Business Administration

Tyler Junior College, Associate in Arts


State Bar of Texas, Section Member, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law; Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law

Smith County Bar Association

East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen, past President

American Association of Petroleum Landmen

Smith County Bar Association, past Director

Community Involvement

Smith County Welfare Board, past Chairman

Tyler Petroleum Club, past President