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When it comes to the operations and corporate transactions of upstream, midstream or downstream energy companies, Gary C. Johnson has virtually done it all. A member of the Energy and Natural Resources Group, Gary has served as the general counsel, chief compliance officer, or associate general counsel for three energy companies. He has guided clients through multiple economic cycles, steering domestic energy clients through reorganizations, forbearance and liquidations; and leading on mergers, acquisitions and growth opportunities on the other side. He has also advised companies on transactions in Latin America, South America, China, Europe, Canada, and over seventeen oil and gas producing areas in the United States.


  • University of Texas School of Law, 1976, J.D., Associate Editor, Texas Law Review; Justice, Honor Council Judicial Tribunal
  • Austin College, 1973, B.A.

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit

  • The Center for American and International Law
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Continuing Sustaining Life Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association


  • Ranked in Chambers Global for USA Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), 2022-2023
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Oil and Gas Law, 2021-2023
  • Selected to National Law Journal’s list of “Energy & Environmental Trailblazers” 2018
  • Selected to the Texas Lawyer's "Distinguished Leaders" 2017
  • Selected to the Houston Business Journal's "Who's Who in Energy" 2015 & 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers list for Energy & Natural Resources (2012-2019)
  • Dean’s Roundtable Award from the University of Texas School of Law
  • Heywood C. Clemons Volunteer Service Award from Austin College
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Nationwide Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), 2021-2022

Civic Leadership

  • Gary C. and Linda W. Johnson First Generation Endowed Scholarship Donor, University of Texas School of Law
  • Kenneth W. Street Endowed Presidential Scholarship Co-Donor, Austin College
  • Gary C. and Linda W. Johnson Founders Scholarship Donor, Austin College 
  • Ambassadors of Texas Children’s Hospital, Palladium Level Lifetime Member
  • Austin PBS, Leadership Circle, 2020
  • Texas Performing Arts, Director’s Circle, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, Producer’s Circle, 2019-2020
  • United Way of Greater Houston, Leadership Circle, 2015 & 2016; Alexis de Tocqueville Society, 2017 & 2018
  • Central Texas Food Bank, Hunger Hero, 2020