She received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University where she was a Presidental 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.

     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

for use in the oil and gas industry.  Title opinions may be based on abstract examination or done by "stand-up" examination in the county clerk's office.  Document preparation includes deeds, leases, joint operating agreement, purchase and sale agreements, easements, and many other hybrid documents.  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.

     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.

     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


Midland County Bar Association

Midland County Bar Association Officers


     Julie joined Davis, Gerald & Cremer in 2013.  She works primarily as a litigator, specializing in commercial litigation, including oil and gas disputes.  Prior to moving to Midland, Ms. Griffis worked at Jones Day in Dallas, Texas from 2009 to 


2013, where she specialized in  complex commercial litigation and internal investigations.  Ms. Griffis received her B.S. in Theatre and History from Northwestern University in 2006, graduating with honors.  She then received her law degree from Northwestern in 2009, graduating with honors as well.  During law school, she was the managing editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

     Ms. Griffis is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.  In addition to her service with the Bar Association, she serves on the Board of Directors for High Sky Children’s Ranch and the Junior League of Midland

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.

PRESIDENT:   Julie L. Griffis -







Garrett Melchiorre -



             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.

              Bill B. Caraway -