Tom Trott

Adjunct Professor


Tom Trott is an expert in the field of oil and gas law, with a broad range of experience in oil and gas transactions, litigation, and administrative law matters. After receiving his JD and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois, he accepted a position in the Law Department of Exxon Corporation, where he worked on litigation and, later, on oil and gas transactional matters involving Texas and the Outer Continental Shelf off Alaska, California, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic. On behalf of Exxon, he appeared before the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, the California Coastal Commission, the Texas Railroad Commission, and other state and federal agencies.

In 1983, he accepted a position as Vice President and Associate General Counsel with Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation, a large independent energy company. In that role, he managed all of Mitchell’s exploration- and production-related legal issues, including transactions, litigation, and administrative law matters. In 2000, Mitchell merged with Devon Energy Corporation, then the largest independent energy company in the United States. At Devon, Mr. Trott served as Associate General Counsel for exploration and production legal matters for the southern United States and the Gulf of Mexico.

Among other teaching engagements, he has taught Oil & Gas Law at the University of Houston College of Law and business at the University of Houston Business School. He is Board Certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


JD, MBA University of Illinois



Oil and Gas Law