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Questions regarding oil and gas exploration and production, the operation and management of oil and gas producing properties, and questions related to mineral ownership, title problems, and oil and gas leases.

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I am Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law in the state of Texas. I have more than 37 years of experience in the industry as both an in house attorney for major oil companies and as a partner in oil and gas firms. I am also a mineral owner and receive royalties from oil and gas production. I have extensive title examination experience, and have represented clients in many administrative and court proceedings.


State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, and Austin Bar Foundation.


Various state bar seminars on Oil and Gas matters.


I have a business degree in marketing from McMurry University, 1971, and a JD degree from Texas Tech University in 1974, where I graduated 17th in my class. Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law in 1986.

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Recent Answers from David B. McCall

2015-09-05 Operator says there is a title problem and has royalty in suspense...Tarrant County:

Hello Kerry. It's hard to say what the title problem is, but I think your plan sounds reasonable. I would try to contact the land department before I sent the demand letter. If the response is not satisfactory

2015-05-22 Working interest on Oil Well:

Hello Jan. I have been in your situation before.  I solved my problem by offering to sell my interest back to the operator for a small sum.  I have also seen people just give their interest back to the

2015-05-01 Royalties vs. Mineral Rights:

Hello Josephine. Lets start with some definitions here.  A mineral interest is a real property interest (in most states) that has the right to execute oil and gas leases, and enter onto the surface for

2015-03-06 Minimum Royalty Clause:

Howard, take a look at paragraph 4 of the oil and gas lease. Operations within the boundaries of the unit will be considered as operations on your property for lease perpetuation purposes, but not for

2015-01-06 Request to Ratification for NPRI:

Theresa, I can't give you a certain answer without knowing more facts. As a general rule, however, if your royalty is in a non-drill site tract, and you don't ratify, you are not entitled to any unit production


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