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Brad D'Amico


Spencer Fane attorney Brad D'Amico

T 214.459.5892 / 713.212.2614

Brad D’Amico uses his 27 years of transactional, litigation and government enforcement defense experience to assist producers, non-operated working interest owners, private equity funds and family offices with meeting the unique issues, capital-intensive demands and regulatory scrutiny of the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. He handles all aspects of oil and gas transactions and litigation, GP/LP and management team negotiations and SEC and other authorities’ investigations and enforcement actions. Brad is also frequently called upon by clients or their in-house counsel that have more distinct roles to serve as the coordinating attorney in a variety of litigation and insolvency matters or as outside general counsel.

Brad is particularly focused on joint ventures and exploration, development and operating agreements. He has experience with a broad range of investment and capital financing structures and manages through colleagues or clients’ additional counsel all related tax and regulatory issues. Brad understands the E&P macro-trends within which clients transact and operate. As a result, he forthrightly and efficiently tailors his counsel to upstream oil and gas after integrating any additional advice that may be needed, an approach that he refers to as “economically worthwhile lawyering.”

Brad’s upstream oil and gas and related investment and A&D experience includes assisting:

  • Exploration and production companies with project development and operational matters and transactions concerning operated and non-operated acreage in the Permian Basin, eastern Eagle Ford, Bend Arch-Fort Worth Province oil-generation window and the Cotton Valley play
  • Operators, non-operators and private equity funds with assets in Texas, Louisiana, offshore Gulf of Mexico and the Fayetteville Shale play regarding project-specific business entity structuring and formation, capital financing and investment, A&D transactions, joint operations matters, preparation of a wide range of production agreements and counsel concerning indemnity and risk management issues

Some highlights of these engagements include representing:

  • An exploration and production company with acquisition, farmin, participation, leasing, financial advisory, joint venture, operational and divestiture matters regarding its hundreds of thousands of net operated and non-operated acreage
  • An E&P management team’s CEO with a large equity commitment from a major energy sector private equity fund that involved substantial concurrent contributions of equity and existing oil and gas assets
  • An established producer, led by an executive with extensive A&D background, with structuring a program to acquire, develop and enhance domestic oil and gas properties and associated midstream assets, and its follow-on private offering to family office market participants
  • An oil and gas investment management and private equity firm, founded by an experienced industry consultant with securities compliance matters and structuring flow-through operating and blocker entities and net profits interests for NASDAQ and OTC natural resources companies, a European alternative investment fund and other private investors for multi-million dollar participations in the seismic data acquisition and onshore and offshore drilling programs of a NYSE traded E&P company
  • A non-operator oil and gas company’s chapter 7 trustee with its joint operations issues, sales of interest and management of bankruptcy administrative and litigation matters

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Presentations and Publications

  • Energy Finance Panel, Texas A&M University School of Law 7th Annual Energy Symposium (April 2, 2015)
  • Non-operated Working Interest Participations, Texas A&M University School of Law 6th Annual Energy Symposium (March 20, 2014)
  • Perspectives on Exploration & Production Transactions, Meritas Regional Meeting (September 27, 2013)
  • Choice of Entity and Securities Considerations for Oil & Gas Transactions, Texas A&M University School of Law 5th Annual Energy Symposium (March 22, 2013)
  • General Solicitation in Private Securities Offerings After The JOBS Act, DFW Financial Services Counsel Roundtable (October 25, 2012)
  • Capital Formation Options Under The JOBS Act, Credit Suisse Investment Banking Panel Discussion (May 11, 2012)
  • Oil & Gas Drilling Programs: Legal Issues, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law 4th Annual Energy Symposium (March 30, 2012)
  • Oil & Gas Litigation Update, Mick Law P.C. LLO Energy Symposium (April 16, 2012)
  • Secondary Liability Under State Securities Laws: Implications for Professionals, N. Texas Chapter of the American Association of Attorney-CPAs (February 16, 2012)
  • Securities Enforcement Trends, REISA Teleconference (January 25, 2011)


  • American (Private Equity Committee; Private Equity Issues in LLCs Subcommittee), Dallas (Energy Law Section) and Tarrant County (Energy Law Section) Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas (Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section; Securities Law Committee); The District of Columbia Bar (SEC Enforcement Committee)
  • Institute for Energy Law
  • ADAM Energy Forum
  • Fort Worth Wildcatters
  • Dallas Petroleum Club


  • Rated AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings

Contact Brad D’Amico at 214.459.5892 or bd@spencerfane.com.