Attorney | Partner
Melanie Reyes-Rawls joined Flowers Davis in September 2004, and focuses in areas of property law, including oil and gas, intellectual property, appellate, and litigation. She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization* in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law and is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico. Melanie primarily represents national and international petroleum companies in rendering drilling and division order title opinions. She has further handled numerous real property-related appeals, litigation matters, and eminent domain proceedings.
Melanie also devotes some of her practice to working with small business owners and individuals in trademarking their brands, obtaining copyrights, and drafting and negotiating licensing agreements. In addition, Melanie assists individuals with estate planning, such as drafting wills and trusts, powers of attorney, advanced directives and Transfer on Death Deeds.
In early 2019, Melanie was named Co-Managing Partner over the Oil and Gas Litigation, Appellate and Transactional Sections of the Firm.
After graduating in the top 10% of her law school class, Melanie started her legal career working as a Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Justices James Baker and Michael H. Schneider of the Texas Supreme Court. She then worked for the Dallas firm Thompson & Knight LLP, where she practiced in the Litigation department, focusing in the areas of oil and gas, antitrust, appellate, and intellectual property law.
Outside of work, Melanie enjoys music, cooking, gardening, deep-sea fishing, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
*The Board Certification process is rigorous and thorough with stringent, ongoing requirements after initial certification. As of July 2019, fewer than 7% of all Texas attorneys are Board Certified in any area of the law.
University of Tulsa College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2002
Oklahoma State University/Langston, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Criminal Justics, 1999
State Bar of Texas, 2003
State Bar of New Mexico, 2018
U. S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
HONORS & AWARDS
American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing and Research
American Jurisprudence Award Civil Procedure II
American Jurisprudence Award, International Business Transactions
American Jurisprudence Award, Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, since 2014
Business & Commercial Litigation
Eminent Domain | Condemnation
Estate Planning - Wills & Trusts
Intellectual Property - Transactions
Oil & Gas Litigation
Oil & Gas Title Opinions
Real Estate Litigation
Transactions, Acquisitions & Development
Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Section of the State Bar of Texas
Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas
Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico
Texas Real Estate Commission MCE Instructor