Davis, Gerald & Cremer Announces Return of Accomplished Oil and Gas Transactional Attorney

January 26, 2023

MIDLAND – Davis, Gerald & Cremer (DGC) is pleased to announce today that Sam Patranella has rejoined the firm as a shareholder in the Energy and Business Organizations & Governance  groups, where he will focus on transactions, title, and corporate matters. Mr. Patranella will office in the Austin and Midland offices. Previously, he was a partner with a distinguished global law  firm. 

“We are excited to welcome Sam back to the firm,” said firm founder John A. “Jad” Davis. “We have a great long relationship with Sam as both a colleague and client, and he brings significant legal and industry knowledge that will bolster our existing practice groups.” 

Mr. Patranella has substantial experience negotiating and closing energy transactions. His practice consists of representing public and private companies in their acquisitions and divestitures, purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, farmout agreements, development agreements, and other energy agreements, including operational and exploration matters. Mr. Patranella will additionally focus on all phases of oil and gas title examination, including drilling,  division order, acquisition, and mineral opinions, the accompanying curative document  preparation, and the diligence of large-scale assets. Aided by his in-house and industry experience, Mr. Patranella will advise startups and private clients on legal issues arising throughout their life  cycle from founding to exit, and all related corporate matters and governance, including master service agreements, confidentiality agreements, human resources matters and employment  agreements, and other day to day issues. 

“My colleagues and I have known and worked with Sam since law school and our days as summer associates at DGC Law. As a highly regarded lawyer and successful entrepreneur, Sam brings a unique set of skills and associations to our firm,” said Jacob Davidson, managing shareholder of  the firm. “We are delighted to have Sam back, where his skill set and experience will be a great addition.” 

Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Patranella worked in-house with Concho Resources, Statoil, and as an initial member, executive and general counsel of Luxe Energy and Luxe Minerals. 

“I am happy to return to DGC Law with its exceptional reputation and roots in Midland, Austin,  and throughout Texas,” said Mr. Patranella. “I look forward to working alongside my former colleagues and new partners to provide exceptional service to our clients.” 

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