Celebrating 125 Years

John B. Holden, Jr.


John Holden has more than 40 years' experience representing clients in the natural resources area. Mr. Holden has advised clients with respect to all aspects of ownership, exploration, production, transportation, processing, sale and marketing of oil and gas, and other natural resources. He is experienced in the formation and financing of various types of entities, both public and private and the acquisition, development and divestiture of hydrocarbons and related assets.

Mr. Holden advises clients with respect to the preparation and negotiation of merger and acquisition agreements, joint exploration agreements, lease acquisition agreements, seismic option agreements, leases, operating agreements, farmouts, oil and gas sales contracts, storage and transportation agreements, processing agreements, pipeline construction and operating agreements, sales agreements and other related documents. In addition, he prepares surface use agreements to provide for the protection and development of the interests of both mineral and surface owners.

Mr. Holden also has significant experience in energy lending and debt and equity financing. He has represented borrowers and financial and financing institutions with respect to the negotiation and documentation of financing transactions. He has represented both debtors and creditors in reorganization and bankruptcy situations. His experience includes transactions involving hydrocarbon and other mineral reserves, drilling rigs, service companies, landfill gas recovery projects, wind projects and other forms of natural resources as well as fixed site power generation projects. He has worked with financial institutions in the foreclosure on and the subsequent sale of various energy assets. Mr. Holden has also negotiated and documented equity participation in the foregoing.

Mr. Holden has considerable experience representing clients on projects in Latin America. He directed the energy aspects of the privatization of $750 million dollars of YPF assets, the national oil company of Argentina. That process required the analysis of the applicable laws, rules, decrees and regulations of that country and the creation of appropriate entities to accomplish the country's objectives. Mr. Holden has participated in transactions in other foreign venues and has represented many foreign entities doing business in the United States.

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Organization Membership

Mr. Holden is a member of the State Bars of Texas and the District of Columbia, as well as the Dallas Bar Association. He is a member of the Corporation and Business Law Section, Past Chairman of the Energy Law Section and past Chairman of the International Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. Mr. Holden also is a member of the State Bar's Corporate, Banking and Business Section and the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section. Mr. Holden is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and other regional and national energy associations. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Law at Baylor University Law School and an Associate Board Member of the Cox School of Business of the Southern Methodist University.

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Peer Recognition

Mr. Holden was listed as the 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" in Energy Law (Dallas) by Best Lawyers in America and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Energy Law and Oil & Gas Law (2006-2016). He was also named to the Dallas Business Journal's "Who's Who in Energy" list (2012-2014). Mr. Holden was named a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters (2007-2009). He was also named a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" by D Magazine (2013-2015).

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Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law
Practice Areas

A.B., Ohio University

J.D., George Washington University Law School

LL.M. oil and gas and taxation, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Bar Admissions

  • 1968, Texas
  • 1968, District of Columbia
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