Midland County Bar Association
PRESIDENT: Emily Smith
Emily is Senior Counsel for Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. Emily began her legal career at a boutique oil and gas firm in Dallas before returning to her hometown of MIdland. She practiced transactional oil and gas law with Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder before going in-house. She received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University where she was a Presidential Endowed Scholar National Merit Scholar, and Director's Excellence Award recipient. She received her law degree in 2008 from Baylor Law School where she was a Dean's Scholarship Recipient. Emily is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and received the Equal Access to Justice Award from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (Midland chapter) in 2013 and 2014. She is a member of the Liberal Arts Advisory Council at Texas A&M University and serves on various community boards in Midland.
President-Elect: Garrett Melchiorre
Garrett is a Shareholder with Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC. He concentrates his practice on examining oil and gas titles, rendering title opinions covering state, federal and privately owned lands in Texas and New Mexico, and preparing documents for use in the oil and gas industry. Garrett received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Policy Studies from Syracuse University in 2005 (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.S. in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College in 2007, and his law degree in 2010 from Kent College of Law in Chicago. Mr. Melchiorre is admitted to the state bars of Texas and New Mexico. He received the Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas Midland County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award in 2013 and serves as a Board Member for Casa de Amigos in Midland.
Vice President: Jon Bodle
Jon is an Associate with Lynch Chappell and Alsup, PC where he concentrates his practice on contracts, corporate finance, asset acquisitions/dispositions, commercial loan transactions, real estate, securities, corporate governance, and general corporate law. Jon is a 2017 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law where he served as Executive Editor of the Texas International Law Journal.
Treasurer: Michael Christensen
Michael Christensen is a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation Section. Michael’s practice focuses on energy and real property litigation, commercial litigation, including contractual disputes of any nature, and personal injury defense. Michael is a Midland native and has represented the interests of Fortune 500 companies, publicly traded independent oil and gas companies, and privately held companies of all sizes throughout the Permian Basin. Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Law. Michael is licensed in Texas and New Mexico.
Secretary: Bill B. Caraway
Bill is the Associate General Counsel at Diamondback Energy where he oversees all of the Company's litigation. In private practice, Bill represented corporate and individual clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including business and commercial disputes, products liability,personal injury claims, deed and lease interpretation issues, surface use disputes, lease termination disputes and mineral ownership rights. His extensive trial experience has gained him membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bill also represented clients in the negotiation of oil and gas leases, eminent domain proceedings, real estate and loan transactions, and corporate formations. Bill received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1987 from Texas Tech University where he served as Student Association President. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1991 and was Executive Editor of the Law Review. Bill began his legal career with Baker Botts LLP in Houston and was a sole practitioner in Houston where he was President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association (2003-04), and in Hallettsville before joining Kelly Hart and moving to Midland in 2015. He is licensed in Texas and New Mexico.